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Published December 02, 2013, 07:03 PM

Driving tips for slick, wintry roads

Fargo, ND (WDAY TV) - It's not just snow plows you should be watching for. To make your commute more manageable, dust off those winter weather driving skills.

Fargo, ND (WDAY TV) - It's not just snow plows you should be watching for. To make your commute more manageable, dust off those winter weather driving skills.

For those of us familiar with winter here in the Valley, I may sound like a broken record; but before you go dashing through the snow, it's best to make sure your sleigh is ready for winter and you're comfortable behind the reigns.

"Winter driving: It's a hassle sometimes. The first snowfall, people don't realize how to drive."

It's all about getting the feel of the roadway.

Tom Trautman- Traveler: "One semi that pulled off and didn't slow down enough for the turn on the overpass and slipped off the side."

So to help you get your groove back behind the wheel, let’s take a look at some safe winter driving practices.

If you're on the interstate, pay attention for "white out conditions."

Trautman: "Then you don't want to pass because he is throwing up a cloud of snow."

All the more reason not to tailgate.

Dan Mehok- Traveler: "Give yourself some time. Maybe don't drive as fast as you should."

Under good driving conditions, you want to be at least three seconds behind the car in front of you. With wintry conditions like this, experts say double that distance; you just don't know what's under the tires.

Tracy Martin- Traveler: "You can't stop in time; could turn into a rear end."

Finally, you hear it more than sleigh bells this time of the year.

"Slow down. Common sense; stay off your phone."

Trautman: "Slow down and remember it's not summer time. The roads are slippery."

Just as the seasons change, your driving practices should, too.

A few other tidbits: Make sure your headlights are on and clear of snow and never use your cruise control on icy roadways.

To check travel information for Minnesota and North Dakota roads, we've set up links on our site at wday.com.

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