State trooper: “Take a breath,” drive carefully on snow-covered roads

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INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (Jan. 5, 2015) -- The state troopers who see bad roads firsthand said they expect to be busy because drivers haven't been tested yet.

CBS 4 rode along with Trooper Susan Rinschler before the storm hit Monday night. Rinschler was well-versed in patrolling the roads in winter.

"I worked every major snow storm last year," Rinschler said.

She thought this storm could be particularly bad for she and her fellow troopers, given the mild winter so far.

"This is the time of year where the first snow or the first major precipitation, we get a lot of issues just because people aren’t used to driving (in it)," Rinschler said.

Her reminders to drivers include slowing down, leaving a lot of room and only changing lanes when absolutely necessary. She also warned that you should make sure your car is in working order and be careful if you're driving a new car this year.

"People get used to being able to go as fast as they want (and) being able to stop," Rinschler said.

In fact, she said last winter it was typical for her to be passed by drivers in her marked cruiser. More than once, the car that passed her ended up needing her help miles later when it went off the road.

"(They're) just not as careful as they need to be," Rinschler said.

One final tip: she reminded drivers that during a storm, the posted speed limit doesn't apply. You can get a ticket for driving too fast for current weather conditions.

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