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Register today for Road America’s Winter Driving School

Posted by Scott Stueber on Jan 12, 2016 9:00:00 AM

Those of us in the Midwest face many types of driving conditions during the winter months ... rain, sleet, ice, hail, and snow, sometimes all in the same day! It can be stressful for experienced adults to navigate in these weather conditions, so imagine (or remember) how tough it can be for inexperienced teen drivers.

Road America’s Winter Driving School, sponsored by West Bend, can teach you and your family members how to safely navigate the roadways this winter.

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Nine tips for storing your “fun summer car” for the winter

Posted by Scott Stueber on Nov 17, 2015 7:00:00 AM

If you live in the Midwest, you probably noticed a flurry of activity in your neighborhood. Neighbors are busy raking leaves, preparing their patio furniture for winter, and bringing in hose reels.

If you have a fun summer car and you don’t want it to see winter road salt, now is the time to prepare it for winter storage. Unfortunately, the nice warm temperatures are probably gone until next spring.

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Airbag defect - is your car one of 30 million recalled vehicles?

Posted by Scott Stueber on Nov 10, 2015 10:00:00 AM

In 2015, many news stories focused on automobile recalls. One of the major stories still in the news is the recall of vehicles with Takata airbags. Takata airbags have a known defect that causes the airbag to explode, sending metal throughout the passenger cabin. Takata airbags have been linked to 7 deaths and nearly 100 injuries in the United States. In the U.S., the recall affects more than 30 million vehicles manufactured by 10 automakers.

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Seven tips to help you after a car accident

Posted by Scott Stueber on Aug 25, 2015 11:30:00 AM

A car accident can be scary for a driver of any age. Staying calm afterwards can benefit everyone involved and can make a difficult situation easier.

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A vehicle with a past

Posted by Scott Stueber on Jul 28, 2015 9:00:00 AM

Are you looking for a used vehicle? If so, be careful. If the price seems too good to be true, you may want to walk away. Sue Gerlach, West Bend senior personal lines underwriter, will discuss vehicle titles.

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Eleven tips to avoid or handle hydroplaning

Posted by Scott Stueber on Jul 7, 2015 1:03:00 PM

During the summer, weather patterns can change quickly, bringing in torrential downpours. As a result, visibility can be significantly reduced and large amounts of rainwater can collect on our roadways.

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3 Tips To Help You Brave Road Construction Season

Posted by Scott Stueber on Apr 28, 2015 9:54:47 AM

Nothing puts a damper on a family outing quite like stop-and-go traffic. Budding excitement and anticipation all but disappear when orange “Road Construction” signs and flashing arrows indicate changing traffic patterns and delays. If you’re proactive, however, there are ways to limit the Road Construction Blues this summer. These tips can help you brave road construction season and enjoy all the fun things you planned.

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As a motorist, do you understand biking laws?

Posted by Scott Stueber on Apr 7, 2015 11:49:31 AM

Bicycling is growing in popularity. It’s easier on your joints, reduces stress, and can be enjoyed for a lifetime. Due to federal funding, there are more bike trails and street lanes than ever before. These upgrades allow for safer rides with your family and safer commutes to work.

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Expert Interview tip #2: Winter braking with Road America

Posted by Scott Stueber on Mar 3, 2015 9:09:00 AM

Do you pump your brakes? If you have an anti-lock braking system in your car, do you understand how to use it correctly?

Kevin Greenwald, a retired police officer and driving instructor at Road America, discusses how to brake safely when driving in winter weather.

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Expert interview: Winter driving tips from Road America

Posted by Scott Stueber on Feb 17, 2015 9:03:00 AM

Winter driving can present us with a number of unique hazards. Some of those hazards include:

  • Poor visibility;
  • Blowing and drifting snow;
  • Black ice; and
  • Phantom shoulder.

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