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How to Get Your Vehicle Ready for Cold Weather Driving Hazards

Posted By Regan Zambri Long, PLLC || 8-Nov-2017

It is important to prepare ahead of time for winter driving hazards as cold weather approaches. Icing on the road is one of several hazards you may experience in the coming months. To prepare for the cold weather, you could:

  • Check your tires: Your tires should be in great shape before winter arrives. If the tires on your vehicle do not have enough depth, they cannot properly grip the road. The same is true if your tires do not have enough pressure. Wet or icy road conditions may cause you to lose control of your vehicle. You could bring your vehicle in to be serviced or you could check tread depth using the penny test.
  • Create an emergency kit: You should carry an emergency kit in your vehicle throughout the year. First aid kits, flashlights, blankets, GPS, jumper cables, tire gauges, wiper fluid, ice scrapers and tool kits are even more necessary during cold weather months. If you are involved in an accident in an unpopulated area, it could be minutes or hours before help arrives.
  • Check your brakes: Your vehicle’s brakes should be in reliable condition, but especially during cold weather. When your vehicle is being serviced, you can request to have your brake pads and fluid levels checked.
  • Inspect your lights: According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), you should check your headlights, brake lights, emergency flashers turn signals and interior lights. Your vehicle’s battery could also be checked during servicing.
  • Check your defroster and wipers: Now is the time to check your defroster and wiper conditions This is also something that can be checked during servicing.
  • Check for recalls: Vehicle defects are dangerous during any time of the year. However, a defective vehicle can be especially dangerous during winter months. You can check www.safercar.gov to see if your vehicle has unfixed recalls.

Should My Vehicle Be Serviced for Cold Weather?

If you are not familiar with vehicle maintenance, then you should have your vehicle serviced by a professional before cold weather arrives. Future blog posts will discuss what you can do to drive safely during cold weather conditions. The Washington DC personal injury attorneys at Regan Zambri Long, PLLC can answer questions you may have about legal options after a car or truck accident.

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