Wisconsin’s Icy Roads – How to Better Prepare Your Car or Truck for Icy Roads and Snow
Wisconsin’s Icy Roads – How to Better Prepare Your Car or Truck for Icy Roads and Snow. Winter is quickly approaching in Wisconsin and that means icy and snowy roads. Luckily, we’ve made the perfect guide to all the things you need to know about Wisconsin’s icy roads how to better prepare your car or truck for icy roads and snow.
How to Prepare your Tires for Winter:
- Check tire pressure to make sure you have adequate air
- Make sure your wheels are aligned
- Continue getting your tires rotated
- Don’t let the tread get too low
- Consider buying snow or all weather tires
- Consider buying chains for your tires, just make sure you buy the right size and test them out before the weather gets too bad!
Salting the Roads:
For the 2017-2018 winter season, The City of Milwaukee stockpiled 57,000 tons of rock salt and 24,000 gallons of salt brine. This is used to clear about 7,000 miles of main roads and side streets. Milwaukee County uses about 40,000 tons of salt annually for clearing 2,400 lane-miles of interstate, state, and county highways. Out of 22 states surveyed, Wisconsin was the fourth-heavies user of road salt.
Areas to Avoid:
The intersection of 35th and Capitol in Milwaukee is home to the most crashes in the state, so try avoiding this road when driving in bad weather conditions. Ask any of our helpful staff if you have any more questions about areas to avoid in the winter!
How to Drive in Snow/Icy Weather:
- Do not warm up a vehicle in an enclosed area, such as a garage.
- Make certain your tires are properly inflated.
- Never mix radial tires with other tire types.
- Keep your gas tank at least half full to avoid gas line freeze-up.
- If possible, avoid using your parking brake in cold, rainy and snowy weather.
- Don’t use cruise control when driving on slippery surfaces like ice and sand.
What you can do:
Before snow season approaches, its important to visit a trusted dealer to make sure you have the right tires, the right air in your tires, a good battery life and that all your fluids are in good shape. A general check-up is important for making sure that your car can handle all the cold that Wisconsin has planned. If you need us to take a look at your car before it gets too cold, call us today! For more Winter Weather Driving or other tips, Follow Wilde Chrysler Jeep Dodge Ram on Twitter or Like us on Facebook.