State patrol troopers to winter drivers: ‘Snow means go slow’

JANESVILLE, Wis – Troopers with the Wisconsin State Patrol are urging drivers to be safe as the state prepares for its first significant snowfall.

Trooper Kevin Kinderman has been with the patrol for 12 years, and says each year, he reminds drivers to remember the basics.

“I know driving conditions become hazardous really quick,” he said. “We’ve got a saying that snow means go slow.”

Kinderman says basic steps like driving slow, leaving space between cars, and leaving early can all help drivers stay safe.

In 2018, he says winter conditions in Wisconsin led to 18,ooo crashes and 45 fatalities.

“Always be aware of your surroundings,” he said.  “Know what highway you’re on, mile marker you’re by, or any landmarks nearby.”

Kinderman also recommends drivers keep basics, like gloves, a phone charger and a flashlight in their cars.

Drivers are encouraged to call 511 or visit for the latest road conditions.