Stay Safe Behind the Wheel This Winter

Unless you are one of those folks who spend the rest of the year looking forward to fresh snow and a cozy fireplace, you are not going to be happy with what we have to say next.

Winter is coming and snow is just around the corner.

According to The National Weather Service, “the average date of the first measurable snowfall ranges from mid to late October across far north-central Wisconsin to mid to late November along the Lake Michigan shore line.”

The first major snowfall of the year has a tendency to result in motor vehicle crashes as some drivers struggle to regain their winter driving bearings. The best thing you can do to avoid that fate is follow these cold weather driving tips:

  • Avoid driving if you can: The safest place you can be is snuggled up at home. That is where you should remain during a snowstorm unless driving is absolutely necessary.
  • Take the lead out of your shoes: Drive slowly when the weather turns wintry. You would be shocked how quickly your typical cushion can evaporate when trying to brake on snow or ice.
  • Be gentle with the pedals: Accelerating and decelerating down slowly can prevent spinouts and other dangerous situations. This is especially important when going up or down hills.
  • Make sure your tires are ready for winter: Snow tires are great but, at the very least, make sure your all-season tires are in good shape and have plenty of tread left before fall turns to winter.
  • Keep up on vehicle maintenance: Make sure your brakes, steering and other systems are functioning properly. Winter driving is difficult enough without having to fight a malfunctioning vehicle.

Some crashes are unavoidable, no matter how prepared you are. If you or a loved one is hurt in a crash this winter, an experienced personal injury lawyer can help you get the financial compensation you need to cover your medical bills, lost wages, pain and suffering, and other damages.