Icy roads made travel hazardous for millions of people in Wisconsin. Recently, ice in the area was blamed for dozens of accidents and more than 80 crashes in La Crosse County alone. Freezing rain can accumulate on road surfaces and sidewalks, making travel difficult. Glare ice is being blamed for many incidents on Wisconsin roads this winter. The slick conditions and backed-up traffic have made it difficult for emergency crews to respond to crashes. Accidents can happen on all types of roads, including major highways and side roads.
What is Glare Ice?
Glare ice is a thin layer of slick ice that forms on surfaces making them extremely slick. Glare ice causes a glassy appearance that is smooth and reflects light. It can form from freezing mist that immediately forms a sheet of ice on any outdoor surface. Glare ice is different from black ice because black ice is virtually invisible, while you can usually see glare ice easily. Black ice often forms under snow while glare ice forms on clear roads. Glare ice can make it almost impossible to steer or to get traction, making travel extremely treacherous.
Tips for Driving on Icy Roads
Driving on icy roads can be challenging. Glare ice is particularly difficult to navigate because without traction on any of your wheels, your vehicle slides uncontrollably. Always be aware of the conditions and drive more slowly and cautiously than usual. Avoid wet or icy patches. If you start to lose control of the vehicle, stay off the brake and gas until you straighten the wheel. Do not make fast movements or you will lose further control. If your vehicle is equipped with snow mode, use it for maximum safety. Winter tires are better able to handle ice and snow, so when possible, switch to them in the snowy months.
Be Prepared for a Road Emergency
Winter driving can be unpredictable. It is best to be prepared for any type of potential problem or incident ahead of time. Keep your cell phone charged up and make sure that you have a flashlight and flares in your car. Put a spare set of clothing in your vehicle, including long underwear and socks. Keep some water and food in your car, such as protein bars, in case you get stranded. If you do find yourself on the side of the road, it is usually best to call for help and remain inside your vehicle. Run your motor sparingly to provide bursts of warmth to conserve gasoline. Remember that during major weather incidents, it may take hours for emergency crews to respond to your accident. If you are involved in a crash with another vehicle, obtain the other driver’s information and insurance details.
If you were hurt in an accident, the negligent driver may be responsible for your medical bills, lost wages, and other damages. Our legal team is here to answer your questions and help determine the best way to proceed. Contact Moen Sheehan Meyer, Ltd. for a free initial case consultation today.