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Staying safe on winter roads

By: Megan Lowry Email
By: Megan Lowry Email

EAU CLAIRE, Wis-- The wintry weather is leaving quite a mess on the roads and now drivers are dealing with slick and slippery conditions.

The Wisconsin State Patrol says in a three hour span Monday they responded to around 10 crashes on I-94. While none of them were too serious a crash is an inconvenience no one wants to experience.

Which is exactly why the Wisconsin State Patrol says your winter driving motto should be ''expect the unexpected."

“You really have to have a plan, so when you are out there driving you are off the phone, and you’re paying attention to everything that’s going on. This is when you want to have all your driving skills and a heightened and awareness to what’s happening out there because things happen so quickly,” said Lieutenant Jeff Lorentz.

On Clairemont Ave in Eau Claire, slick roads sent an SUV sliding into an intersection. It hit a St. Croix County Sheriff’s car causing a domino effect. The squad car slid into another vehicle. In this case two people in the squad car were taken to the hospital with minor injuries but too often the result is much worse.

“There are two things people really need to do slow down and keep safe driving distance this is the time of year,” said Lorentz. "If you’re going 40 mph you are going to want eight car lengths between you just so you get the reaction time. You should be thinking about an out, what if this car slides around what am I going to do, how am I going to react know of my car handles," said Lorentz.

But if you do find yourself in a crash he says make sure you move out of the way of traffic and call for help.

“Move the vehicle to a safe spot and stay in your vehicle,” said Lorentz.

Another important part of winter driving is making sure your car is prepared. Lorentz says always check your tire pressure and make sure you have windshield wiper fluid.

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