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Tips for Safer Winter Driving

Driving in Wisconsin during the winter months means potentially hazardous conditions and the presence of ice and snow on roadways. The risk of car accidents is increased when winter driving conditions exist, so drivers should take precautions to make sure that they are as safe as possible. There are some technologies, like traction assistance, that might help to keep vehicles under control on icy roads.

Before getting behind the wheel during the winter, it’s a good idea for drivers to check the weather report so they know what to expect. A lot of people warm their cars up before they drive in the cold. In order to avoid carbon monoxide poisoning, people should not let their vehicles run in enclosed areas.

In addition to knowing the weather, a driver should have a mechanic examine the condition of the vehicle’s major systems before they hit the road. These systems include brakes, wiring, fan belts, hoses, ignition, spark plugs, distributor and battery. The mechanic should also check tire pressure and wear, the PCV valve, air filters, fuel filters, emissions filters and the level of antifreeze.

According to some winter driving tips offered by AAA, drivers can reduce their risk of a crash in snowy weather by avoiding cruise control, looking and steering in the direction they want to go, accelerating and decelerating slowly and maintaining a bigger following distance. The National Safety Council recommends having blankets and winter clothing in a vehicle in case of an emergency.

Someone who gets injured in a winter motor vehicle accident might have a claim for recovery. A lawyer could help an injured person by putting together evidence and identifying parties who may be liable. Compensation could ultimately cover medical bills, pain and suffering and lost wages.

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