Onalaska driving instructor offers tips for driving in snow

ONALASKA, Wis. (WKBT) — When the roads are icy, it’s easy to forget how to be safe.

“There’s a lot of anxiety, not just for new drivers who haven’t driven before, but people simply forget,” said Travis Mayers, owner of the Enhanced Driving Institute in Onalaska.

But Mayers has some reminders for drivers both old and new.

“One of the biggest things that’s gonna keep you safe out there is that your tires are deep, newer tread,” said Mayers.

Watch out for intersections.

“People are just going to run through, people are going to try to stop, but slide,” Mayers said.

And drive slowly.

“There’s nothing wrong with turning your hazards on and going at the speed your comfortable at,” he said.

Drivers also can check the 511 Wisconsin and 511 Minnesota websites to learn which roads to avoid.

“Up to date information about which roads are snow covered and which ones may have ice on them,” said Nicholas Jarmusz, public affairs director for the American Automobile Association.

And stay on frequently used roads.

“Probably going to be where crews will be plowing and salting earlier and more frequently,” Jarmusz said.

Mayers says to drive with a defensive mindset.

“A lot of further distance is what we wanna have from cars in front of us,” Mayers said.

And while it’s fun to listen to music while driving, it’s much safer to turn off not only your radio but also your phone. And the best way to be safe is to stay off the roads if you can.

“Limit travel or avoid travel,” Mayers said.

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