Cold Weather Tips – Keep Warm and Safe
Many will be traveling around the state of Wisconsin this holiday season to visit family and friends. It is important for Wisconsinites to prepare and be aware of hazardous traveling conditions as they take to the roads during the winter season. In the last five years, the Wisconsin Department of Transportation (DOT) says an average 50,000 motor vehicles crashed during the winter months due to roads covered in ice and snow.
It is important to winterize your vehicles as much as possible before venturing out. Other measures to ensure safety include keeping your gas tank near full and making sure your car’s battery is in good shape. The DOT also suggests carrying a winter storm survival kit in the back seat of your car that includes blankets, a flashlight, a first-aid kit, a shovel, non-perishable food items, a cell phone charger, and sand or cat litter for tire traction. Before finalizing your travel plans, be sure to check the DOT travel website or by calling 511. For other winter driving tips in Wisconsin, visit ReadyWisconsin.wi.gov.