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Stay calm in a skid

MILWAUKEE (CBS 58) — An ice storm is setting in, which means dangerous driving conditions.

While Wisconsinans may think they are great winter drivers, the number of crashes we see during storms may mean some people need a few refreshers.

CBS 58’s Bill Walsh spoke with John Ewert, director of communications for Road America, about what to do if you slip up.

“What are people doing that they think they should be doing on ice and snow, but shouldn’t be doing at all?” Walsh asked.

“Too many people depend on the technology that is currently available in many modern cars,” Ewert said. “You have to remember that these cameras can be blocked by snow and ice, these sensors can be blocked by snow and ice. And also, traction control systems are just that, it’s for you warn that you are entering a skid, it will not prevent you from skidding.

“That fancy big SUV with all-wheel drive, that all-wheel drive doesn’t help you stop sooner in ice, does it?” Walsh asked.

“We don’t want to be too confident when it comes to all-wheel drive or traction control,” Ewert said.

“What if you slip? Walsh asked.

“Just relax, take your foot off the brake and accelerator, drive where you want to go. If you have to brake because a vehicle is in front of you, be sure to brake slowly,” Ewert said. .

Road America offers winter driving courses where students use their own vehicle in different driving conditions.

These courses are offered on weekends until mid-March, so you still have time.

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