Tips when driving on icy roads

MADISON (WKOW) -- A storm bringing a variety of weather, from freezing rain to thunderstorms, is expected to be a recipe for disaster on the roads between Monday night and Tuesday night.

Here are some important things drivers should keep in mind:

  • Take it slow. No matter if you have all-wheel drive, traction control or winter tires, when it comes to icy roads, you're not immune to losing control.
  • Expect "Black Ice". Bridges, overpasses, and the road beneath overpasses are more susceptible to "Black Ice", but remember if can form anywhere.
  • Increase following distance. If you start sliding when you brake, you're going to need as much space in front of you to stop to avoid an accident with another car.
  • Watch out for water covering the road. With flash flooding a possibility in some areas, if you see water covering the road do not drive through it as you don't know how deep that water is.
  • Turn into a slide. If you're fishtailing or sliding, it usually means you are going too fast. Reduce your speed so you won't need to worry about this! Most high-speed slides are difficult to correct successfully. If you're caught off guard and begin sliding, turn your wheels in the direction that the rear of your car is sliding. 
  • Avoid hills or other dangerous roads during icy conditions.

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