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How Should I Drive During Wintertime?

Car accidents can be stressful and costly. One way to mitigate the chances of a collision is to drive appropriately for the season. During winter, motorists need to take several precautions to ensure they reduce their risks.

In many parts of the United States, winter driving can quickly turn treacherous. A snow squall can become a blinding barrier. A bit of rain can freeze up and turn into black ice on the highway. This does not mean that drivers have no way of protecting themselves, their passengers, or other people on the roads. Taking a few precautions can reduce one’s chances of a collision.

Check the Tires Frequently

Some consumers prefer to exchange their regular tires for winter or all-weather tires. Other motorists keep the same tires year round. Regardless, all four tires should be evaluated at least monthly during the winter. Variations in temperature can cause tires both to inflate and lose pounds of air pressure. An underinflated tire can cause trouble.

Drivers should therefore control their tire pressure and check it frequently. They should also check tire tread depths or have a trusted auto mechanic do it for them. When necessary, tires should be replaced with new ones built for performance when conditions are imperfect.

Replace the Windshield Wipers

Windshield wipers are vital during any kind of precipitation event. From freezing rain to sticking snow, wipers allow drivers to see whatever is ahead with as much visibility as the weather will allow. Replacing wipers can be easy and fast. Most drivers can learn to do it themselves, or one can have a technician do it.

Maintain Gas

Most car manufacturers and automobile experts recommend keeping at least a quarter of a tank of gas in the car when the temperature plummets. Otherwise, the gas line might start to freeze.

Clean the Lights and Mirrors

Snow, dirt, and sludge can build up on lights and side mirrors. It can be very challenging to see the road ahead or to catch a glimpse of another vehicle with clouded headlights.

Drive Defensively

During winter, defensive driving should be practived. For instance, a motorist may want to increase their following distance by an extra couple of car lengths, slow down to below the speed limit in certain situations, and resist using cruise control. A driver should also limit distractions, including listening to the radio and cellphone use.

Store Emergency Items in the Car

A final way to stay safer when driving during wintertime is to keep an emergency kit in the car. The kit should include flares, something to repair a flat tire, blankets, water, and energy bars. These items are important, especially if a car accident leaves a driver waiting for help.

Doylestown Car Accident Lawyers at the Falcon Law Firm, LLC Help Winter Car Accident Victims Recover Damages

If you were involved in a winter car accident, do not wait until the statute of limitations runs out on your ability to file a claim. A Doylestown car accident lawyer at the Falcon Law Firm, LLC can help you. Call us at732-660-1200 or contact us online for a free consultation. Located in Oakhurst, Parlin, and Aberdeen, New Jersey, and Doylestown, Pennsylvania, we serve clients throughout Asbury Park, Belmar, Deal, Ocean Township, Point Pleasant, Long Branch, West Long Branch, Sayreville, Middlesex County, and Monmouth County, New Jersey, as well as Bucks County, Pennsylvania.

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