Whether you are driving through a summer thunderstorm or a winter snowstorm, you need to take precautions on the road. It’s essential to recognize that other drivers may fail to take the necessary care to avoid an auto collision. While it is best to avoid driving in inclement weather when possible, I know that many drivers cannot avoid the road simply because it is snowing. Yet there are many different precautions you can take to prevent a car accident, and I want to discuss some of the ways you can prep your vehicle for winter driving. The safer your car is, the safer you are likely to be on the road.
Tips for Making Your Car Safer This Winter
The AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety and the National Safety Council (NSC) offer tips to prepare your car for driving in the winter months. By getting your vehicle ready for driving in icy or snowy weather, you may be able to avoid a serious collision. The following are some of those tips:
- Stay home if you can, even if you believe you drive well in winter weather;
- Get your tires checked, and if you are using all-season tires, make sure that the treads have at least 2/32 of an inch (otherwise, get your tires replaced);
- Replace your tires with winter tires if you are able to do so (these tires have a deeper and more flexible tread);
- Check your tire pressure, recognizing that your tire pressure will drop as the temperature drops;
- Have your windshield wiper blades checked, and replace those wiper blades if necessary;
- Add windshield wiper fluid that is rated for temperatures as low as -30 degrees;
- Ensure that you never let your gas tank get below half full so that your gas line does not freeze;
- Put together an emergency kit that includes additional food and water, warm clothes, a blanket, a flashlight, an ice scraper, and any medications you require;
- Never warm up your vehicle in your garage with the garage door closed; and
- Avoid using cruise control whenever you are driving on a surface that could be icy or could have a lawyer of snow.
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Car accidents can happen at any time of the year, but wintry weather can prove particularly hazardous when it comes to motor vehicle collisions. It is critical to remember that, even though wintry weather can play a role in a car crash, most wintertime crashes result from another motorist’s negligence. From speeding to distracted driving in wintry weather, negligent motorists should have to pay for the serious harm they cause. Prepping your car for winter can help you to avoid an accident, but it may not be able to prevent collisions caused by careless motorists.
If you were injured in a car crash caused by another driver, I’ll Make Them Pay!® Get in touch with me today by phone at 877.944.4373. I want to make sure I do everything in my power to help you get the financial compensation you deserve.