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Winter travel information


The Iowa Department of Transportationís goal during the winter season is to return roads to reasonably near normal winter driving conditions as quickly as possible after a winter storm. The department operates around the clock to clear roads of snow and ice, but motorists also have a responsibility to:
  • Make sure your vehicle is in good operating condition for winter time driving.
  • Take time to find out about the weather and road conditions.
  • Use good driving skills to avoid losing control of your vehicle.
  • Operate safely around snow removal equipment.

Snowplow safety tips

  • Use caution when approaching a snowplow.
  • Never pass on the shoulder side of a snowplow.
  • Do not assume plow drivers see you.       more safety tips
Use caution when approaching a snow plow.
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Winter driving tip sheet

  • Check the weather forecast and road conditions before embarking on a trip.
  • Before winter strikes, make sure your vehicle is in good working order.
  •                                                                         more driving tips

Winter survival kit

  • Booster cables
  • Blankets and/or sleeping bags
  • Candles and matches
  • Snow shovel and ice scraper
  •                                                                    more kit information

Reduce speed

  • When it snows, use your head not your feet.
  • Slow down at intersections.
  • Allow additional space between vehicles.
  • Avoid using cruise control.
  •                     more speed information

Driving maneuvers

  • Stopping on snow and ice requires extra time and distance.
  • Accelerate gradually.
  • Brake early and slowly.
  • Avoid abrupt steering maneuvers.
  • Merge slowly.
  •                  more driving maneuvers

Trip preparedness

  • Check your vehicle's tires, brakes, fluids, wiper blades, lights, and hoses.
  • Before leaving home, find out about driving conditions by calling 511 or visiting 511ia.org.
  •                     more trip preparedness