Drive well below the posted speed limit. Posted limits are intended for summer months on dry pavement.
If snow is falling, plows will be out on the roads. Snow plow operators work hard to clear roadways quickly. Don’t crowd them. Leave plenty of room. Be patient. Don’t tailgate! Letting them do their job will help you reach your destination safely.
In the first storm of the season, many motorists have forgotten their safe winter driving skills. They drive too fast and try to stop too quickly. When it does snow, take your time. Leave early. Drive defensively. Do not tailgate. Relearn your skills.
Plan on trips taking extra time. Leave early. Consider using alternate routes. Stay home if conditions are too bad.
Turn on your headlights when precipitation starts. To prevent glare, avoid using your high beams during a night storm.
Use your seat belts.
If you have any questions about winter maintenance or driving safety tips, please contact the Division of Highways by calling 262-857-1870.