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How to Survive Wisconsin's Winter Roads

Northern Wisconsin's rural roads can become deadly in the winter. Preparing your car and yourself for driving in harsh weather can prevent accidents. Here are five tips for avoiding accidents on Wisconsin winter roads:

  1. Don't go out when the weather is bad. It should go without saying, but when winter weather advisories are in effect for your area, stay home if at all possible.
  2. Prepare your vehicle before heading outPack your car with a first-aid kit, flashlight, flares and ice scraper. Also carry water and snacks, warm clothing and blankets, and make sure your cell phone is fully charged before setting out.
  3. Slow down. It's unwise to drive too fast when the roads are covered in ice and snow. If slipping and sliding does occur, driving slower will prevent serious accidents and pile-ups.
  4. Give a wide berth to other cars. Avoid following closely behind other cars, and stay away from large packs of cars whenever possible. This is when pile-ups occur.
  5. If you begin to slide, don't overcorrect. It's not uncommon to hit ice and begin to slide. If you do, stop hitting the gas and do not accelerate. Pump the breaks gently, and softly steer where you want to go. Never steer opposite the way the ice is turning you, or you may end up flipping your car.
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