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Knowing how to drive in snow can keep you safe this winter

As one of our Wisconsin readers, you're well aware of the snow that's sure to fall this winter season. Even if you're well-prepared for it, there's nothing more nerve-racking than finding yourself behind the wheel when the weather takes a turn for the worse.

These tips will help you drive safely in the snow this winter:

  • Slow down: If you only do one thing, let it be this. The slower you drive, the less chance there is of losing control of your vehicle.
  • Leave more space: Since it takes additional time to stop in the snow, you'll want to leave a greater following distance between vehicles. Neglecting to do so increases the risk of a rear-end accident.
  • Don't stop when going up a hill: You need to keep your momentum, as coming to a stop will make it extremely difficult to start back up. If you stop and find yourself stranded, consider if it makes the most sense to turnaround and head back to the bottom of the hill.
  • Stay home: Unless you absolutely need to drive in the snow, stay at home until conditions improve and/or road crews make the roads more passable.

As you follow these snow driving tips, you may look around and find that other drivers aren't doing the same. Instead, they're tackling the roadways as if it's the middle of summer.

If a negligent driver causes an accident, move to safety, call 911, receive medical treatment and then contact your insurance agent. As you recover, you can turn your attention to holding this person responsible and seeking the compensation you deserve.

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