Wet roads ahead: Preparing your vehicle and mind to drive on wet roads

With winter snow melting and spring rains upon us, drivers may be facing flooded streets and slippery conditions. And it's not just water that's the problem - rain can mix with oil and other debris, making wet roads even slicker than expected. 

If you find yourself driving in a watery world, follow these tips to stay safe: 

 

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Don't ignore this hidden risk: Understanding underground service lines

Close your eyes for a moment and picture this scenario. 

You have a gorgeous maple tree on your property. For years it's been the focal point of your yard with people often stopping to tell you how lucky you are to have such a beautiful tree on your property. Sure, you're lucky, until that one summer day when that maple tree decides to push a tree root into a water pipe running underneath your property. 

What do you do now?

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Your pet needs to buckle up too

Your whole family wears a seatbelt, so why not the family dog? Your furry friends need protection, too! 

The best advice is to use a harness or carrier and secure your pet in the middle of the back seat. Restraining a pet prevents them from distracting you while you're driving and helps keep them safe, before and after an accident. 

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Driving safely through work zones: Protecting yourself and construction workers

Roadway construction zones are dangerous, and not just for the people who work in them. In fact, drivers are the most frequent fatality in work zone crashes. In Wisconsin alone, there is an average of 2,000 work zone crashes each year and penalties for careless driving through work zones are steep. 

Drivers must stay attentive to safely navigate the barrels, signs, and lane changes that are common in work zones. Being safe in a work zone means paying attention to the three S's: speed, stress, and space. 

 

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That text? It can wait. Take the pledge to stop distracted driving

Distraction comes in many forms. 

In the car, it could mean taking your eyes off the road to change the radio station, taking your hands off the wheel to enjoy the first sip of morning coffee, or losing your focus because you're talking to a passenger. 

From eating, drinking, and personal grooming, to using a GPS, and talking or texting on a cell phone, there's no limit to the possible distractions while driving. Each one puts the driver, passengers, and others on the road at risk. 

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