Joe is used to a long drive to work. He lives in Walnut Grove and works in Marshall. He drives 45 miles one way. Most spring, summer, and fall days he enjoys the drive. Winter driving is different. He does not like to drive in winter weather, but he must get to work.
Over the years, Joe has learned many things about winter driving. He always drives with his headlights on when it is snowing. He also washes them often to keep the lights bright. Joe wants to see and be seen by other drivers.
He tries to keep snow, ice, and frost off of his car. Before driving, he brushes snow off the windows, hood, lights, and mirrors. He also scrapes any ice off those areas.
Joe knows that ice and snow can make roads very slippery. He does not follow cars too closely. Ice and snow can increase how long it takes a driver to stop.
He takes turns very slowly. They can become very icy from the slipping and sliding of many car tires. He has learned to brake before coming to a curve; not while he is in it. Joe is a cautious driver on winter roads. He wants to get to work safely.