Editorial: Conquer winter driving challenges
Winter's impact on roads can stretch the skills of even the most experienced driver.
An onslaught of ice, snow and limited visibility adds to the challenges people behind-the-wheel otherwise face. The Wisconsin State Patrol advises taking precautions and exercising patience to arrive at destinations safely during this time of the year.
Motorists can help the visibility situation by removing all frost, ice and snow from vehicle windows. Clearing a small patch of the glass isn't sufficient; have the windows in a condition allowing for sight in all directions at all times in order to avoid crashes. The lights, hood and roof should also be free of snow and ice to help improve visibility and safety.
A state law requires doing this. Violating the law costs $175.30 with two demerit points assessed on the driver's record.
Speed is a factor in a lot of vehicles ending up in ditches and other crashes. The posted speeds are meant for dry pavement; ice or snow on the road may make those speeds hazardous. Four-wheel-drive and other heavy duty vehicles need ample distance for stopping on slippery roads, just like other vehicles.
A citation for driving too fast for conditions costs $213.10 with four demerit points.
The State Patrol also offers the following safety tips:
Winter driving takes additional effort. Be prepared for the challenges before ever leaving home.