A white, snowy winter can be a lovely backdrop for celebrating the holidays, but it also creates some dangerous road conditions for drivers, as icy roads can increase the risk of getting into traffic accidents. To reduce your chances of getting into accidents and being stuck in the cold and snow with your car, preparing both your car and yourself for winter driving can be critical.
In this blog series, we’ll outline a checklist for getting your vehicle, as well as yourself (and other drivers in your family), ready to take on the unfavorable weather and road conditions that come with winter. While our checklists can help you stay safe, if you do get into a traffic accident involving negligence, be sure to contact our Mount Vernon motor vehicle accident attorneys for superior representation and help with your financial recovery.
Your Winter Driving Safety Checklist for Your Vehicle
Before you take any vehicle out in harsh winter conditions (especially if you will be driving longer distances), it’s crucial to make sure that vehicle is in good working order by having it thoroughly inspected and repaired as necessary. Here’s what should happen when it comes to preparing vehicles for winter driving:
- The ignition system is checked.
- The exhaust system is checked.
- The tires are checked to ensure that they have enough tread and that the air pressure is at optimal levels.
- If necessary, tires should be replaced (generally, this should happen if tires are older than 4 to 5 years old and/or if they don’t have enough tread to take on snowy, icy roads).
- The windshield, wiper fluid and wiper blades have been checked.
- The brakes and all vehicle lights have been checked and maintained as needed.
Once your vehicle has been maintained and restored to a condition in which it’s ready to take on the challenges of winter driving, you should also make sure that you get (or make) a comprehensive winter kit for your car. Your checklist for these kits (to ensure they have everything you may need) is as follows:
- Tools for making minor repairs to your vehicle
- Tools to help you get out of the snow
- Items to keep you safe and warm as you wait for help (if you can’t get your vehicle back on the road with some minor repairs).
For our continued winter driving safety checklist, don’t miss the second part of this blog that will be posted very soon!
Mount Vernon Motor Vehicle Accident Lawyers at the Law Firm of Hassakis & Hassakis, P.C.
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To learn more about your best options for financial recovery and how we can help you, contact us by calling (888) 896-9381 or by emailing us using the form at the upper right-hand side of the page. We can provide you with a free, thorough assessment of your case, along with professional advice regarding the best manner in which to move forward.