The winter season in Wisconsin is a time of increased risk on the roadways. There can be heavy traffic on the days right before and after the major winter holidays, increased risk of drunk driving associated with celebrations and winter weather issues independent of holiday celebrations.

As temperatures drop and snow falls, the roads become increasingly slick and dangerous. There are certain things you can do to protect yourself and loved ones against winter road risks.

Avoid the roads during the worst storms, if possible

The simplest way to reduce your risk of a crash related to inclement weather is to stay off the roads when snow, sleet or freezing rain fall. Of course, this isn’t always possible, which is why you also want to adjust your driving for winter weather conditions.

Plan to leave early for safety

Trying to maintain the same speeds you do in the summer on winter roads can be a costly mistake. Snow and ice can make it harder for your tires to gain traction and stop. Expect to drive more slowly on winter roads. Adjusting when you leave for work or a trip to accommodate a slower speed helps keep you safe.

Make sure your vehicle is ready for winter roads

Your brakes, tires and windshield wipers will all have to work overtime during dangerous winter weather to keep you safe. Changing your wiper blades, investing in snow tires and having your brakes checked can all reduce your risk of a crash.

Unfortunately, no matter how safe you are, the risk always exists for another driver to be irresponsible on snowy roads. If you get hurt through the actions of another driver who doesn’t adjust their behaviors for winter weather, you may be able to bring a personal injury lawsuit against them because of their negligence.