Important Winter Weather Driving and Vehicle Safety Tips - WBAY

Important Winter Weather Driving and Vehicle Safety Tips

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Heavy snow, wind and reduced visibilities are expected to make for some tricky travel throughout the day Sunday.

Drivers coming to the Packers game, or those who need to venture out for church or work should be prepared for bad road conditions.

Here are some winter driving tips:

  • Stay informed.  Watch the forecast and check road conditions at the Wisconsin 511 website. You can also call 511 for road conditions.
  • Keep your gas tank full to avoid ice in the tank and fuel lines
  • If your vehicle becomes stranded in the snow stay with your vehicle unless you can see an occupied building nearby. You could become disoriented walking in a snowstorm.
  • It is better to periodically run the vehicle's engine and heater, but make sure you open your window a crack and make sure the exhaust pipe is free of snow. Ten minutes every hour is good.
  • Make yourself visible to other motorists. Tie a red or orange rag to the vehicle's radio antenna. Turn on the dome light when your engine is running. Raise your hood when the snow stops.
  • Have a Winter Storm Survival Kit in your car, including 1 blanket or sleeping bag for each person; Flashlight with extra batteries; First Aid kid; Knife; High-calorie, non-perishable food; Small can and waterproof matches to melt snow for drinking; Bag of sand or cat litter; Shovel; Windshield scraper and brush; Booster cable

 

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