As winter is definitely upon us, we all should take the time to review safe winter driving tips from the Wisconsin Department of Transportation (WisDOT). As the WisDOT “Zero in Wisconsin” initiative reminds us, driving safely in ice and snow is another way that we can reach the goal of zero deaths on Wisconsin roadways. Here are some basic safety tips that you should remember as you hit the roads this winter:
- Clear snow and ice from your car windows and lights before you start driving.
- Pay attention, especially to slippery bridge decks.
- Leave plenty of room for vehicles stopping in front of you, as well as maintenance vehicles and plows.
- Be aware of impending weather systems and know what to expect when you are driving.
- Use your brakes carefully, taking care to avoid pumping anti-lock brakes.
- Drive more slowly and look farther ahead in traffic than you normally would.
- Do not use your cruise control when driving in wintry conditions.
While these tips might seem obvious, they bear repeating, especially through the first few winter storms of the season. Although those of you born in the Wisconsin and other parts of Midwest might be well-accustomed to driving in winter conditions, you should avoid being overconfident in your driving skills, or in driving a 4×4 vehicle. You can’t always see icy patches on roadways, and it only takes small amount of ice to cause a vehicle to swerve or spin out of control. Plus, 4×4 vehicles may actually take longer to stop than regular vehicles, and lose traction just as quickly.
No matter the season, when a vehicle accident occurs as a result of a driver’s negligence, and causes injury to a passenger, driver of another vehicle, or even a pedestrian, the injured individual may have a claim for damages under Wisconsin law. However, there are strict time limits on personal injury claims in the state of Wisconsin, and you can lose your right to compensation if you do not consult an experienced lawyer in time. Don’t delay in contacting the Madison personal injury attorneys of Boller & Vaughan, and set up your free consultation today.