INDOT: Monitor Weather Forecasts And Road Conditions Before You Travel

Drivers often aren’t prepared for winter driving – especially early in the season – and forget to take it slow. The first snow events of the season typically bring higher rates of crashes and slide-offs as motorists get re-accustomed to driving in winter weather.

• Reduce speeds. Remember, “ice and snow, take it slow.” Nobody should be driving summer interstate speeds in winter weather. Plan plenty of time to reach your destination safely and be patient. Don’t put yourself and others in a dangerous situation by being in a rush.

• Keep a safe distance. Make sure your vehicle is following at a safe distance to stop. Do not tailgate, especially around snow plows, and try not to pass. Give snowplows room to work, and “don’t crowd the plow.”

• Pay attention. Avoid all distractions and focus only on the task of driving safely. Be aware of your surroundings, drive defensively and be alert for others who are not driving safely.

The National Weather Service offers an easy and convenient graphical forecast tool at

INDOT offers links to many winter weather resources, including road condition information and winter driving safety tips, at

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