Eau Claire (WQOW) - Winter travel in Wisconsin can be challenging and stressful at times, but following some basic guidelines will help ensure you reach your destination safely and enhance safety for all travelers.
The Wisconsin State Patrol law of the month for February highlights state laws and travel tips pertaining to safe winter travel. During severe winter storms, the best advice is to simply stay off the roads if possible and wait for conditions to improve, said Wisconsin State Patrol Captain Nick Wanink of the Northwest Region. If you must travel, allow extra time and following distance, make sure everyone in the vehicle is buckled up, then go slow.
The DOT adds the most common cause of winter crashes and slide-offs is drivers traveling too fast for conditions. State law (346.57) requires drivers to operate at speeds that are reasonable and prudent to maintain safe control of a motor vehicle at all times. A violation for traveling too fast for conditions can result in a fine of $213.
Other safe winter travel tips from the DOT: