December is here and snow is inevitable. Ice and snow make winter driving dangerous and increase your chance of a Wisconsin car accident, but these tips from our Milwaukee accident attorneys can help.
- Even if you’re a Wisconsin native, driving on those first snowy days can be tricky. If you have a new car, it may handle differently. Slow down and give yourself time to get used to winter weather driving.
- If you plan on using snow tires, get them installed in early December. If you use all-weather tires, check to make sure that your tires are properly inflated and have at least 1/16 of an inch of tread.
- Keep your gas tank full.
- Regular maintenance will keep your car from breaking down on icy roads. Get your car serviced and make any repairs that could affect your ability to drive safely.
- Get your cooling system checked. Make sure you have enough coolant to prevent freezing.
- Inspect your windshield wipers and replace them if they are worn.
- Fill up your wiper fluid.
- Cold weather can cause a drop in battery power. Don’t get stranded; get your battery checked and make sure that your battery has enough power to start your car in cold weather.
- Replace your winter essentials: keep a shovel, broom, blankets, sand, ice scraper, snowbrush, and jumper cables in your car. If you are traveling on isolated roads or plan to drive for more than a few hours, bring snacks and water.
- Check the weather and road conditions before traveling.
- Bring a cell phone when you travel.
- Allow extra time to reach your destination.
- Slow down on icy roads.
If you are in a Milwaukee winter driving accident, our book, The Ultimate Guide for Automobile Accident Victims, can help you protect your injury claim. If you have questions or you’d like to discuss your case with a Milwaukee injury lawyer, contact Hupy and Abraham at 800-800-5678.