WYDOT Recommends Motorists Drive Safe, Slow During Winter Conditions
With snowfall reported in much of the state, and with the National Weather Service issuing a winter weather advisory for the Casper, Cheyenne and Laramie areas Wednesday, officials with the Wyoming Department of Transportation are reminding residents to drive cautiously when encountering winter weather.
WYDOT spokesperson Bruce Burrows says motorists should consider traveling at slower speeds when roads are slick and icy.
The phrase we like to repeat is, ‘When there’s ice and snow, take it slow,’” Burrows said. “It seems like a very simple thing to do, but that’s really the biggest problem we have with winter driving – folks driving too fast during winter conditions.”
Burrows says drivers should also be mindful of their following distance, especially when visibility is low and roads are wet.
“Simply reducing your speed is the first thing you want to do,” Burrows said. “Once you’re going on a slick road, obviously, it takes longer to slow down – if you’re going slow in the first place, it’ll put you in a much better position to react.”
Burrows also recommends drivers consider their need for travel during extreme weather.
Motorists can check on highway and interstate conditions throughout Wyoming through at the Wyoming Department of Transportation’s website.