Winter driving (2020)

Wisconsin winters can bring beautiful snowfalls and great opportunities for outdoor recreation. They can also result in dangerously cold temperatures and icy conditions.

As part of Winter Awareness Week in Wisconsin (Nov. 15-19), the Sun Prairie Police Department wants to remind people to be prepared for winter conditions which could threaten their safety. Traffic crashes are right at the top of that list.

During the winter months of November 2020 – March 2021 the SPPD responded to 169 reportable traffic crashes.

“We urge everyone to plan your travels, prepare your vehicle, and be aware of conditions,” remarked Sgt, Jason Lefeber of the SPPD.

To find a wealth of winter weather related information, look no further than the National Weather Service website out of Milwaukee: https://www.weather.gov/mkx/winter_wx_awareness_2021

Additionally, ReadyWisconsin, part of the Wisconsin Emergency Management Team, provides a great deal of information on winter weather safety. A list of items for an emergency winter kit is available on the ReadyWisconsin website at https://readywisconsin.wi.gov/make-a-kit/. Remember to check for road closings prior to traveling. You can also sign up for SPPD Nixel alerts to stay up to date on emergencies in the Sun Prairie area by going to the SPPD website at www.cityofsunprairie.com/204/Police-Department, as well as following on Twitter @sunprairiepd and Facebook https://www.facebook.com/sunprairiepd/.

The SPPD advises you to follow these important tips:

• Plan travels and check weather reports. Tell people where you are traveling.

• Be gentle with both the accelerator and brake. Don’t use cruise control. Don’t be overconfident in four-wheel drive vehicles.

• Carry an emergency kit in the back seat of the vehicle (in case the trunk freezes)

• Keep the gas tank at least half full to avoid ice in the tank and fuel lines.

• Put together a home winter emergency kit including first-aid supplies, water, etc.

• Check your carbon monoxide detector.

• Make sure your pets have shelter and plenty of food and water. They should be brought inside when the temperatures reach 30°F.

Winterize your car and home, gather items for an emergency kit in the car, and make sure you have a weather radio with fresh batteries.

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