Milwaukee is well-known for its extreme weather. Severe rain, ice and snow can make it hard to keep a vehicle safely on the road, or even to see through the windshield. As a consequence, drivers have several responsibilities during severe weather conditions to ensure the safety of themselves and others on the road.
Here are some of the key responsibilities drivers have during severe weather in Milwaukee:
- Slow Down: Drivers should slow down and drive at a safe speed for the weather conditions. This may mean driving well below the posted speed limit if roads are covered in snow, ice, or other hazards.
- Increase Following Distance: Drivers should increase their following distance to allow for more time to react and stop in case of an emergency or skid.
- Use Headlights: Drivers should turn on their headlights whenever visibility is reduced, such as during heavy rain, snow, or fog. In Milwaukee, drivers are required by law to use headlights whenever windshield wipers are in use.
- Clear Windows and Mirrors: Drivers should ensure that their windows and mirrors are cleared of snow, ice, and other obstructions that could reduce visibility.
- Use Caution on Bridges and Overpasses: Bridges and overpasses can be particularly dangerous during severe weather conditions, as they can freeze more quickly than other parts of the road. Drivers should use extra caution when driving on these structures.
- Stay Alert: Drivers should stay alert and watch for other vehicles, pedestrians, and hazards on the road.
- Stay Home if Possible: If conditions are severe, drivers should consider staying off the roads altogether until conditions improve.
A higher standard of care for drivers in severe weather is required. Strictly following the speed limit and other rules of the road simply is not good enough.
By following these responsibilities, Milwaukee drivers can help prevent accidents and keep themselves and others safe during severe weather conditions.
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