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Safe Winter Driving Tips

Always drive according to the road conditions at the time.

  • Slow Down: Driving too fast on wintry roads is the leading cause of crashes.
  • Travel at a safe distance of at least 3 car lenghts, leaving plenty of room to stop.
  • Do not crowd slow moving maintenace and emergency vehicles.
  • Do not use cruise control whilr driving in a storm.
  • Do not overestimate the capabilities of your four-wheel drive vehicle.
  • Clear all snow and ice from the vehicle prior to travel.
  • Be aware of black ice on what appears to be bare pavement.


Winter Travel

The State of Vermont's "Safe Roads at Safe Speeds" policy divides Vermont's state highway into three levels of service.

Suggested maximum driving speed during a winter storm:

  • Interstate system: 45 MPH
  • US/State Highways: 40 MPH
  • Rural or lightly traveled state highways: 35 MPH

These speed limits are "suggested" only. Always exercise caution and drive according to road and weather conditions.