Even though Wisconsin residents are accustomed to the changing seasons, poor weather still presents a deadly environment for drivers. No matter your age or experience level, driving in snowy, icy or windy conditions can quickly lead to serious collisions with catastrophic results.
Drivers often feel they have the skill necessary to counter any adverse road conditions. Whether it is a busy city street or a fast-moving highway, poor weather can become a deadly hazard. There are certain tips, however, that drivers can follow to help reduce their exposure to serious motor vehicle collisions and catastrophic injuries, including:
- Vehicle service: While it is impossible to predict every car or truck problem, it is wise to look ahead as much as possible. Drivers should examine their tires to see if a replacement is necessary before the weather turns bad. The same is true for bad brakes, bulb replacement or oil changes. Even if winter is upon you, take the time to have the vehicle serviced before it breaks down.
- Ongoing maintenance: Drivers must pay careful attention to numerous factors. From leaking engine oil to lost tire pressure, the cold weather can damage a car. Additionally, drivers should keep the car full of gasoline and windshield wiper fluid.
- Create an emergency kit: In the event a dangerous situation occurs, it is wise to have an emergency kit in the vehicle. Common supplies can include extra clothing, gloves, flares, a collapsible shovel, food rations and cat litter to provide traction on a slippery surface.
- Avoid distractions: Even though this is wise advice for all seasons, drivers should reduce distractions during poor weather. From phone conversations to dining and driving, any activity behind the wheel can reduce a driver’s focus on the road.
No matter the time of year or the driving conditions, it is crucial that people take steps to stay safe. From preventative vehicle maintenance to reducing your own in-car distractions, drivers should be aware of dangerous situations and work to counteract them.