Waukesha County crews, drivers prepare to avoid snow crashes

CREATED Dec. 13, 2013

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PEWAUKEE - Crews have been racing to salt roads before another blast of snow hits Southeastern Wisconsin.

They're trying to prevent a high number of accidents like the ones during last Sundays big snow fall.

Police say speed was a factor in a number of the crashes caught on DOT video.

Experts say drivers need to do their part to stay safe on the roads. That means slowing down and giving yourself enough distance between your vehicle and others on the road.

Rich Piagentini is an instructor at Waukesha County Technical College. He teaches students how to drive defensively for the college's criminal justice program.

He said there are some simple things for drivers to remember if they see trouble on the roads.

"Take your foot off the gas and let the car slow down itself,  if you have to apply your brakes do it slowly" He said.

Piagentini said you should leave about one car length between you and other vehicles for every ten miles per hour of speed.

He recommends even more in slippery conditions.