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Bennington Police Department
118 South Street
Bennington, VT 05201
Contact Numbers:
Phone: (802) 442-1030
Fax: (802) 442-1067

Safe Winter Driving Tips

winter driving tips
  • Slow Down: Driving too fast on wintry roads is the leading cause of crashes.
  • Travel at a safe distance of at least 3 car lengths, leaving plenty of room to stop.
  • Do not crowd slow moving maintenance and emergency vehicles.
  • Do not use cruise control while 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.

The 511 Travel Information System

Check 511 before you take to the road for up-to-the-minute travel information. Find out about road conditions, wether, construction, crashes or any major delays before trip. Just dial 511 and follow the simple, voice activated prompts, or you can log on to

511 is Easy to Use

Dial 511 or go to
  • Available 24 hours a day / seven days a week.
  • Voice recognition
  • Winter roads conditions
  • Road construction, maintenance and incident information
  • Covers all interstate and most major routes
  • Normal airtime and roaming charges apply to wireless callers

Be Prepared - Pack A Winter Car Kit

  • Booster Cables
  • Two or more blankets
  • Candles & Matches
  • Snow Shovel and scraper
  • Flashlight and extra batteries
  • Extra clothing: cap, mittens, parka, and overshoes or boots in case you have to walk for help.
  • High calorie, non-perishable food like candy and canned nuts
  • Sand or strips of carpet for traction
  • Extra windshield washer fluid and antifreeze
  • Flares or reflectors

Properly Prepare Your Vehicle for Winter Driving

  • Winter tires
  • Wipers and washer fluid
  • Heaters and defrosters
  • Properly adjusted brakes
  • Ensure battery and charging system operate properly
  • Carry tire chains for large trucks


  • Keep your gas tank 2/3 full to prevent the fuel line from freezing
  • Whenever possible, plan your trip during daylight hours
  • Check weather and road conditions before you leave
  • Remove ice and snow from windows, license plates and lights, and be sure to clear snow from the vehicle's hood, roof and trunk area.

These tips are provided by: The Vermont Department of Public Safety.
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