La Crosse police offer winter driving tips after snowfall

LA CROSSE, Wis. (WKBT) — Snowier and icier conditions make the roads more treacherous in the winter. The La Crosse police department has some reminders for how to stay safe on these winter roads.

After the first snowfall, Midwesterners face the same problem.

“I think everybody has to relearn how to drive,” said Terry Nirva, who was downtown Tuesday.

As the roads get slicker, it’s important to have a plan.

“If you’re going to be traveling long distances, take a look at what does the weather look like where you are now all the way to where you’re going to be going for your destination,” said La Crosse Police Sgt. Avrie Schott.

But even if you’re staying local, keep an eye on the sky.

In the winter, it’s especially important to keep the car tuned up and tires at the right pressure. Before you leave for your trips every day, its important to completely clean off the windshield.

While driving in the winter, Schott advises people to remember to brake early and leave plenty of space between yourself and the car in front of you.

Bridges and hills get icy first, so she advises to drive those with caution. Slowing down is the best option,  especially in winter conditions, she said.

“When it’s wintertime, you know, we talk about driving too fast for conditions, and that’s something you can be cited for,” Schott said.

It’s also important to be mindful of pedestrians, and make eye contact with people when you encounter them at the crosswalk.

“Watch the traffic signs and check to make sure there’s a right of way for the pedestrian that’s in front of you,” said Anita Parce, who often goes for walks with her daughter.

Ultimately, it’s on all of us.

“It’s all of our responsibilities, so if each one of us takes that extra time and plans for our travels and slows down, we can be a safer community together,” Schott said.

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