Study shows more accidents happen in the winter when there is less snow

A study by the National Weather Service in Wisconsin says 80% of their crashes happen when there is less then 1-2 inches of snow. This is due to drivers having a false sense of security in decent

Drivers deal with winter road conditions in West Fargo.
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FARGO — Too commonly drivers think bad road conditions are only around during harsh winter storms. According to a study done by the National Weather Service in Wisconsin, a majority of their accidents occur in winter conditions with little snow.

In the study, researchers found 80% of reported crashes over the winter happen in 1-2 inches of snow. It says many drivers hunker down at home when snow reaches upwards of 6 inches and that the road conditions are arguably more dangerous when there is less snow.

"Underpasses where moisture can gather and freeze quicker, bridge decks can be slippery very fast. Again, it depends on how much sun there is and whether or not the snow is sticking when it is being blown over" said Gene Ladoucer, North Dakota director of public affairs for American Automobile Association (AAA).

Ladoucer said AAA has not been as busy as they have in years past, but they are expecting more calls to come in with more warm days.

"Road conditions can change very quickly, so you need to be attentive and be aware of what those road conditions are doing during your entire trip," he said.


Ladoucer said if you do end up off the road or in a crash to never leave your vehicle, and be sure to call a service like AAA and in serious cases 911.

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