Driving Safely on Icy Roads
Before an individual makes a trip somewhere in the middle of winter, he or she should be sure that the destination is worth the dangers of driving on icy roads. Unless the trip is absolutely necessary, then he or she should consider staying indoors until conditions improve.
Obviously, the winters in Wisconsin often do not afford the opportunity of waiting one or even a few days for conditions to warm up. If you know you will have to conquer the winter in your car, here are a few things you should consider before hitting the road:
- Ensure you have proper tire traction: Tires manufactured for other seasons beside winter will have little or zero grip as compared to winter tires. Note: Look for the “snowflake on the mountain” symbol on the tire to ensure the tire meets snow traction industry standards.
- Replace windshield wipers and wiper fluid: Clear visibility is one of the greatest assets you can have behind the wheel. Snowflakes, frost, and mounds of snow can decrease the amount of distance you can see and the clarity of what you see. Make sure to use your car’s “defrost” setting to remove frost from your windshield.
- Turn on your lights: On an overcast day, your lights still shine bright and will let others know you are on the road.
- Avoid over-steering: Ice on the road decreases the friction between your car’s tires and the road. If a person steers too fast in a particular direction and fails to brake soon and hard enough, the vehicle may continue sliding in the initial direction and can result severe injury or even death.
If you or someone you know has been suffered an injury due to another party’s unsafe driving on icy roads, contact the Appleton car accident lawyers of Habush Habush & Rottier S.C. ® at 800-242-2874.