Get Ready for Winter Driving

December 28, 2017 - 5 minutes read

Driving in the winter can be challenging, especially when icy road conditions are added to the mix. Here is some useful information to help to be better prepared for driving this winter season.

Vehicle Traction Control

New safety technologies are being added to cars at a record rate. One such technology that’s particularly useful in winter is traction control. This function helps your vehicle gain traction on snowy, icy or wet surfaces, particularly when accelerating from a stopped or slowed position, or when trying to make it up a slippery hill. Traction control is now standard on most new vehicles.

Make sure to check the weather before you depart.

If the forecast looks questionable, wait out the storm if possible. But if you must travel a longer distance, make sure you share your travel plans and route with someone before you leave.

If you become stranded in an unfamiliar area, do not leave your car. Light flares or use LED safety lights in front and behind the car to make yourself as visible as possible. Also make sure the exhaust pipe is not blocked by snow, mud or any object.

Preparing your Vehicle

It is a good idea to have your vehicle reviewed by a certified mechanic before the snow really starts to fly. Some items to have checked are: ignition, brakes, spark plugs, battery, tires and tire wear and antifreeze levels.

Make sure to keep an emergency kit in your vehicle at all times.

If you know inclement weather is approaching and you need to check current road conditions, dial 511.

DIAL 511 for current travel information.

Dial 511 for the WISDOT Travelers Information System for current conditions by state route or by county or click to visit the site for the same info on your computer or mobile device.

Now that Winter is finally upon us, here are some pointers to help you deal with the freezing temperatures and challenging road conditions.

Safe Winter Driving Tips:

• Clear snow and ice from all windows and lights – even the hood and roof- before driving

• Leave plenty of room for stopping.

• Pay attention don’t try to out drive the conditions. Remember the posted speed limits are for dry pavement.

• Know the current road conditions. Call 511 from your cell phone.

There will be numerous times during the winter season that you will encounter a snowplow on the highway or right in your neighborhood. Here are some quick tips on how to handle the situation safely.

Snowplow Safety Tips for Drivers

The snow is falling at a regular rate now and snowplows on the roads will be a common sight. Here are some simple tips to help you safely travel when you encounter a snowplow.

Don’t crowd a snow plow or travel beside it. Snow plows travel slowly, make wide turns, stop often, overlap lanes, and exit the road frequently.

The road behind an active snow plow is safer to drive on. If you find yourself behind a snow plow, stay behind it or use caution when passing.

When you are driving behind a snow plow, don’t follow or stop too closely. A snow plow operator’s field-of-vision is limited; if you can’t see the mirrors, the driver can’t see you. Also, materials used to de-ice the road could hit your vehicle.

Snow plows can throw up a cloud of snow that can reduce your visibility to zero in less time than you can react. Never drive into a snow cloud – it can conceal vehicles or hazards.

If you have been in a winter car accident contact Jacobson, Schrinsky & Houck today at: 414-223-4444 or online at:

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