Share the road with Snowplows
To enhance public safety and assist plow operators, WisDOT offers motorists the following tips:
  • Before traveling, call 511 or go online ( to check on road conditions and possible incidents. Consider downloading the 511 Wisconsin smartphone app.
  • Buckle up, watch what’s happening ahead of you, and allow plenty of following distance.
  • Most traffic crashes in winter are caused by drivers going too fast for conditions. Posted speed limits apply when travel conditions are ideal. Drivers are required to slow down when roads are slick or visibility is reduced.
  • Stay at least 200 feet behind a working snowplow. Make sure that you can see the plow’s mirrors to ensure the driver is able to see you.
  • If you must pass, be careful. Snowplows often create a cloud of snow that can obscure vision. Remember that road conditions in front of the plow will likely be worse.
  • During major winter storms, postpone or cancel your trip. Stranded vehicles become hazards that interfere with snow removal efforts.
  • Don’t be over-confident if you operate a four-wheel or all-wheel-drive vehicle. They still require a considerable distance to stop on slick roadways.”

Winter in Wisconsin brings longer nights and snow, which means our headlights are getting more use! Take time to walk around your vehicle to check:
  • that your headlights and taillights are working.
  • that all lights are free of snow, ice and slush.
Don’t forget: Wisconsin state law requires the use of headlights not only when it is dark, but also when weather conditions like snow limit visibility!  More nighttime driving safety tips
Wisconsin's Move Over Law
In order to keep our law enforcement officers, emergency responders, and other roadway workers safe, Wisconsin has a Move Over Law. The law states that drivers must change lanes or slow down in order to provide a safe amount of space when a vehicle is stopped on the side of a road with its warning lights flashing.

Teen Driving Contests for your Students
Dangers in the Dark Contest
Toyota Teen Video Challenge
Dangers in the Dark: Students Against Destructive Decisions (SADD) and the National Road Safety Foundation (NRSF) host the Dangers in the Dark contest. Create a short video sharing your ideas for PSA on the dangers of driving at night. Ten winners will each receive $250. Deadline is January 30, 2018 . Apply here.

Teen Drive 365 Challenge: Toyota challenges kids to drive distraction-free. Teens can create a PSA on the dangers of distracted driving to win prizes of up to $15,000. Deadline is February 28, 2018. Apply here.

Wisconsin's Graduated Driver Licensing Law reduces the risk by making sure teens gradually build driving experience with supervision before getting their licenses and restricting driving after they are licensed. Crossroads Teen Driving offers a series of free resources that include wallet cards and fact sheets (English and Spanish) to help educate parents and teens about the law. We also have 12x18" posters for classrooms. Order these free classroom resources here.

For more information about Crossroads Teen Driving, contact Carissa Hoium, MPH,
Motor Vehicle Safety Coordinator, at (414) 231-4928 or email