Since 2005, Wisconsin has seen an average of 120,645 vehicle crashes per year. With such a high incidence of collisions — combined with the state’s severe winter road conditions — Wisconsin drivers take a risk behind the wheel.
During severe weather, it is always advisable to stay off the roads. If you must drive, there are important factors to keep in mind to increase your safety on the road. The following is a list of common Wisconsin weather road scenarios and tips to reduce car crashes and injuries, provided by Hupy and Abraham
Common Automobile Occurences Situations in Wisconsin
Sudden braking on ice.
Drivers with anti-lock brakes should apply full pressure to the brakes and keep applying this pressure while trying to steer around any obstacles in front of the car. Drivers should never pump anti-lock brakes, as this makes them less effective.
Those without anti-lock brakes should also press the brakes firmly while keeping the heel of the foot anchored to the floor to avoid locking the wheel. Do not slam on the brakes.
In order to maintain control of your vehicle while hydroplaning, slowly take your foot off the accelerator. Avoid sharp or sudden turns and avoid hard braking; this will keep the car from skidding and help you maintain control of the vehicle. Before setting out in rainy conditions, it’s important to check the tread depth of your tires.
If you are on the highway or a busy road, immediately turn on your hazard lights to alert other motorists that you are stopped. Try not to spin your wheels, as this will make it harder to extract the vehicle; instead, slowly turn the steering wheel back and forth to clear some snow from the sides of the tires. Depending on what the vehicle’s owner manual says, try shifting from reverse to drive and lightly accelerating to rock your car free.
In drivable conditions, you can increase driving safety by slowing down, staying toward the middle lanes and keeping a safe following distance. If you are driving in heavy precipitation and your windshield wipers and headlights are not providing good visibility, it is best to pull over and wait it out. This is especially true during thunderstorms, as lightning flashes can temporarily blind drivers.
If you’ve been in an auto crash in Appleton or Green Bay, contact the car accident lawyers of Hupy and Abraham for a free, confidential, no-obligation consultation at 920-882-8382 or toll-free 800-800-5678. Just for calling, we will send you a free copy of our book and DVD: The Ultimate Guide for Automobile Accident Victims and Valuable Information Insurance Companies Don’t Want You to Know!