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Accident Prompts Warning of Highway Safety

By: Paige Lambrecht
By: Paige Lambrecht

Slippery roads are being blamed for a seven vehicle accident on I-39 Monday night. Even though plows had just gone over those roads a couple hours before, the quick dip in the temperature made the roads slick.

Glen Speich is with the Marathon County Highway Department. He says don't assume the roads aren't dangerous just because the plows have already been through.

"Slow down and expect these changing conditions. There's no way we're probably ever going to prevent that because we're never gonna be on the road hours a day on every stretch of road,” says Speich.

Along with slippery roads, the Marathon County Sheriff's Department says speeding was also a factor in the accident.

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Winter Driving Tips

Ice Storm/Snowstorm

Winter brings treacherous driving conditions, and ice storms can present more severe driving conditions than even major snowstorms. Snow can actually enhance traction on icy roads, while ice storms deposit layers of treacherous, often-invisible ice on virtually every surface. Learn how to stay safe when facing icy conditions:

Stay safe on icy roads

  • If you don't have to go, don't. Let the road crews and Mother Nature improve conditions before you leave. Just a few hours can make a huge difference in driving safety.

  • Check your tires. If you're trying to make those tires last just one more winter, think again. Make sure you always have enough traction.

  • Time to defrost. If your vehicle's heating system isn't operating properly, fix it now.

  • Keep your car's gas tank full. This will keep the fuel line from freezing and ensure you have enough gas in case you are stranded in traffic.

  • Stock up on supplies. Always carry a functional scraper and small shovel in your car during winter. Year-round safety items should include a cell phone, flashlight and extra batteries, blanket, emergency sign and a high-protein snack bar.

  • Tell someone where you're going. If you're heading out for a trip on icy roads, let someone know your destination, the route you're taking and how long you will be gone.

  • Believe the authorities. If the local safety authorities recommend you stay off the road, take their advice.

Source: http://www.progressive.com/RC/CSafety/rc_storm.asp contributed to these tips.


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