Madison
52° F
Clear
Clear
Advertisement

Driving under the influence (of freezing rain)

Published On: Feb 10 2013 11:22:45 PM CST
Updated On: Feb 10 2013 11:23:39 PM CST
MADISON, Wis. -

Vanessa Tieman tried to disregard the raindrops that fell on her 4 Lakes Driving School car. 

Instead, she took them as a challenge, and a chance to teach her Sunday morning student how to best tackle the elements on the road.

"I think it's necessary and I feel as though the students who are starting out their practice in this kind of weather are going to be better drivers in any kind of weather," Tieman said.

Temperatures stayed above the freezing point for most of Sunday in Madison, while cars made their way through small rivers running down streets and puddles lined many sidewalks. All of that water could easily freeze overnight.

"Patience isn't really something you can teach, but it definitely helps," Tieman said of the best way to navigate through nasty weather. "A lot of people get into crashes because they're driving too fast and they're just not patient enough."

Tieman said she's able to remedy some bad habits early in the learning process. She advises her students -- and everyone, for that matter -- to simply take it slow on bad weather days.

"Accelerating slowly, giving yourself plenty of space to stop is really important," Tieman added.

Advertisement
  • C3K-EVENTS

    Events calendar

    Looking for something to do? Visit Channel 3000's events section featuring dining, food, music and family-friendly events throughout Madison and the surrounding area.

  • Get your weather app

    Channel3000.com and WISC-TV3 deliver local forecasts, live radar, school closings and alerts for Madison and South Central Wisconsin to iOS or Android devices.

  • Learn more about WISC-TV

    Meet the News 3 staff, learn about our newscasts, search our job postings and find out how to contact us.

Advertisement