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Driving expert has tips to avoid accident on dangerous winter roads

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MADISON (WKOW) -- Wisconsin's winter weather has caused numerous accidents this year, some fatal, even when snowfall has been minimal.

A driving expert with Four Lakes Driving School says it's a good time to remind drivers how to stay safe during the winter.

Andrew Westley says it's impossible to predict when you'll hit black ice, but you should always be driving a little slower than usual when the temperatures are low enough to create black ice. Make sure you know whether your car as ABS and if not, pump the brakes if you need to. If you start to skid, steer in the opposite direction.

When it's snowing, or there's still snow on the road, Westley says to make sure you have a lot of distance between you and the car in front of you. Drive defensively, he says, and watch for curves and hills.

Westley says if you get into an accident, you should stay at the accident scene and call 911 or police if warranted. He says you should not drive from the scene and call police later. Also, identify any potential witnesses.

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