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More winter driving safety tips

If you believe it feels more like January than November, you’re certainly not alone. The average temperature for November in Wisconsin is 41 degrees. Yesterday it didn’t reach 20 degrees. Not only does this make people wonder what the rest of the winter will be like, it also has made driving conditions treacherous.

It may go without saying that when driving conditions deteriorate, drivers must be additionally vigilant when behind the wheel. Despite this, it is good to follow some basic tips to guard against being in a crash. This post will highlight them.

Beware of black ice – No, black ice does not refer to a brand of diamond, rather it refers to thin sheets of ice that are virtually invisible to a driver until it is too late. Once a car his black ice, it can skid out of control and end up anywhere.

Keep tread on your tires – Indeed, black ice is a number one driver’s enemy, but bald tires are a number 1(a) enemy. Tires with poor tread do not allow you to enjoy the traction that salt and sand mixtures provide when it snows.

Slow down – Again, this may go without saying, but reducing speed may also help you avoid accidents because it reduces the chances that you will lose control of your vehicle. You may also gain additional reaction time that can help when a crash is imminent.

Wear your seatbelts – Sometimes there’s nothing you can do to avoid a crash, but you can also stay safe even though you may be in a car that has be struck. Just remember that most people who are ejected from a vehicle if they are not wearing their seatbelts. 

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