Driving conditions on the roads in Wisconsin can be incredibly dangerous. Often, inattentive or careless drivers end up causing accidents that could have been avoided if they were better informed about safe driving habits. This holiday season, before you head out on your journey to grandma’s house for Christmas dinner, read and share these tips with your friends.
Keep these items in your car
The key to winter driving is being prepared before you leave for your journey. Below is a list of things you should keep in your vehicle just in case your car breaks down, or you are caught in a storm.
- Ice scraper
- Warm blanket
- Non-perishable food
- Cell phone charger
- Jumper cables
- First aid kit
- Change of clothes
Practice these safe driving habits
- Brake carefully – on icy roads, your car needs more distance to stop safely than on non-icy roads. Make sure you leave enough room between you and the car in front of you to stop.
- Don’t touch cruise control—you need to be ready for anything while driving in winter conditions. Cruise control can cause you to lose control of your vehicle on snowy roads.
- Trucks take longer to stop than cars—this is because they are heavier than cars. If you are driving a truck, make sure you leave ample stopping distance.
- Follow the law when passing maintenance vehicles and snowplows— traffic laws require drivers to leave ample room for snowplows and other maintenance vehicles clearing the streets. They also state you should slow down when passing these vehicles to reduce the chances of an accident.
This winter, we at Samster Konkel & Safran, S.C. hope you have a fun and safe holiday season. While we hope you are not involved in a car accident, we understand accidents happen. Should you need a skilled Milwaukee car accident lawyer to protect your rights after suffering injuries due to a negligent driver, call our offices and schedule a consultation. We are ready to help you.