Officials urge extra caution while driving in snow
the WTMJ News Team
Tom Murray reports.Photo: Video by tmj4.com
WEST BEND - Even people who love snow will probably admit that the biggest drawback to the white stuff is driving in it.
TODAY'S TMJ4's Tom Murray tells us that snowplows in West Bend were on standby, waiting to salt and plow snowy roads to help keep drivers safe.
However, officials urge drivers to bring extra caution to the roads when snowy conditions come.
Police officers and sheriff's deputies say that often, even the best drivers forget their winter driving skills when the first winter snowfall comes.
"When conditions on the road degrade because of weather, snow, ice, the motorists need to slow down," explained Washington County Sheriff's Lieutenant John Buck on TODAY'S TMJ4's Live at Daybreak.
Officials advise drivers to normally have about four seconds of following distance between themselves and the car in front of them.
However, in snowy weather, they suggest six seconds of following distance.
Additionally, when cars are pulled over on the side of the road, they say it's critical to slow down even more, or change lanes to give authorities the space they need to do their job.
Buck also says seeing that should remind drivers to keep the speeds low in snow.
"When they see a squad car ahead with a car in the ditch, that should be a hint to them to slow down and stay slowed down until they get to their destination or the road conditions improve."
"You'd love to be able to go to each individual and let them know to slow down, slow down, slow down," said Vinny Smith of Arcade Drivers' School.
The Washington County Sheriff's Department says they will stagger the start times of their deputies to hold them over if they are needed for roadside crashes during the Thursday snowfall.