Winter Driving Refresher from Dane Co. Deputies

Posted Monday, December 10, 2012 --- 11:01 a.m.

Press Release from the Dane Co. Sheriff's Office:

Madison, WI. December 10, 2012 – The weekend weather may have provided our first refresher course in winter driving. Overnight and this morning, several crashes and slide offs were reported due to the slippery conditions.

The Dane County Sheriff’s Office wants to encourage motorists to drive with caution. Even experienced drivers need an adjustment period when the snow and ice hit the roads, and for young drivers who may have never driven in snowy conditions, it can be especially challenging.

The Sheriff’s Office offers these winter driving tips to help make your commute a safe one.

-Have your vehicle properly maintained.
-Keep your windshield clear of snow and ice.
-Drive with your headlights on, even during the day.
-Avoid using cruise control in wintery conditions.
-Stay tuned to the latest weather reports on your radio.
-Let someone know your travel routes and itinerary so that, if you don’t arrive on time, someone will know where to find you.
-Be extra cautious on bridges and overpasses, where icy patches are more common.
-Keep a cell phone and charger with you when you travel.
-Maintain a winter survival kit in your trunk (blanket, snow boots, flashlight, shovel, snack).
-If you car should become disabled, stay with the vehicle, running your engine and heater for short intervals. Be sure to open a window slightly to avoid carbon monoxide build-up.
-If a storm becomes too much for you to handle, seek refuge immediately.
-Above all, take your time, wear your seatbelt, and drive sober.

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