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Winter Driving Tips

Every year, wintry weather and snow come to Wisconsin, and every year, people find themselves in over their heads. Driving in winter conditions is always going to have some dangers associated with it. You must take precautions and be prepared. Here are a few ways to do that.

Get a cold-weather kit

A cold weather kit is something you can store in your backseat, trunk or somewhere else in your car so you can always have it available. It would include important safety and survival equipment such as:

  • Blankets
  • Flashlights
  • Emergency warmers
  • Batteries
  • Food

If you are stuck in your car in freezing conditions and unable to get elsewhere, the proper equipment will save your life. Your cell phone may also be an important lifeline to help you get assistance.

Winterize your vehicle

You want to ensure that your car or truck is up to the rigors of the Wisconsin winter. Does it have snow tires? Are the safety features active and functional? Is your car clean enough for all the technology to work?

Ensuring that you have the answers to these questions and take proper precautions before you head out into cold weather can and does make a major impact.

Change your driving habits.

The most important thing you can do to protect yourself from winter snow issues is to change your driving habits. This means:

  • Leave more room before cars
  • Expect stops to take much longer
  • Avoid sudden speed changes
  • Do not use the cruise control features

Ice and snow, especially during an active storm, are some of the greatest risks to drivers on the highway. Vigilance and forethought will help you avoid accidents.

Be wary of other drivers.

You can prepare yourself as much as you want, but that doesn’t mean other drivers will show you the same courtesy. If you get into an accident that wasn’t your fault and receive injuries, you have options to recover.

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