September 1, 2014

Getting ready for winter driving

Driving in snowy conditions is nothing new for most Badger State residents. Still, Pam Moen with AAA-Wisconsin says it’s that time of year when drivers should start making sure their car is ready for the inevitable icy windshields and snow-covered roads.

Moen suggests making sure the ice scraper is easy to find, and checking your tires, battery, and windshield wipers so they don’t give out on you in the middle of a severe winter storm. Also, she says brushing up on winter driving tips and making sure you’re not going too fast for the current conditions can be crucial for when the snow is on the ground.

With the holiday season in full swing, Moen says paying attention to weather reports and being ready to change travel plans is also important. “Even in today’s age, it can still be a very serious, and sometimes life-threatening situation to be driving in severe winter weather.”

Moen also suggests stocking your car with emergency supplies, such as blankets, a snow shovel, and a cell phone charger.

AUDIO: Andrew Beckett reports (1:03)