While winter has been unseasonably mild so far, this is Wisconsin and snow and ice can appear with little or no warning. Remember to take these simple steps to help ensure safe travel for you and your family:
Know the risks before leaving home
Check the radio, television or your phone for the latest weather forecasts and road conditions. If bad weather is forecast, drive only if absolutely necessary.
Keep your gas tank above half-full
Condensation can build up in a near-empty gas tank when temperatures get extremely cold. These conditions can freeze fuel lines and leave you stranded.
Check your vehicle or see a mechanic
Check your brakes for wear and fluid levels, the ignition system to ensure that it is functioning properly, car lights to safely signal other drivers and your tires to make sure there is sufficient tread for winter conditions.
Have an emergency supply kit for your car
A kit can help you or someone you encounter in an emergency situation. Be sure to have a set of jumper cables, flashlight, first aid kit, non-perishable food, ice scraper, shovel, blankets and a car charger for a cell phone. Also consider carrying cat litter or sand for better traction, and reflective triangles in case you need to pull over on the side of the road.
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