Winter driving is difficult and sometimes dangerous. There are some things you can due to make sure your car is fit for winter driving to avoid car accidents.
Winter Driving Safety
First, make sure your washer fluid is topped off. You would be surprised how quickly you use it in the winter with the dirty roads. It is a good idea to keep an extra bottle in your car. New wiper blades can improve winter visibility.
Second, check your antifreeze/coolant to make sure it’s not low. Also, don’t wait too long before changing it. Coolant has additives that prevent boiling, freezing, and corrosion. If it’s too old, the additives will break down, reducing the coolant’s effectiveness.
Third, look at your tire tread to make sure it is adequate. Put a penny headfirst into the tread. If you can see Abraham Lincoln's head, it’s time for new tires. Also, properly inflated tires help maintain optimum steering and stopping control. Consult your owner’s manual for the recommended psi.
Fourth, you should test your batteries before every winter, especially if they’re more than 3 years old. Battery life can vary, based on conditions and usage, but don’t take chances.
Fifth, if your car begins to fishtail on snow-covered roadways, don’t panic. Lay off the gas and steer in the direction you want the front wheels to go, whether it’s the front or back of the car that’s drifting. When braking on slick surfaces, gently pump standard brakes. Apply constant pressure with antilock (ABS) brakes…no pumping necessary.
Sixth, roads can freeze even if the atmospheric temperature is above freezing. Black ice may lurk in low-lying areas, shady patches, and on bridges. Slow down and increase your following distance on slippery roads; doubling it is a good rule of thumb.
May you reach all your destinations safely this winter!
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In order to protect your rights, it is important to contact a lawyer so that you can take action as soon as possible. The sooner that you take action, the more likely it is that evidence will be available to help you prove your claim and that the more likely it is that you will get a fair recovery sooner. Additionally, if you were involved in a crash with a government-owned or -operated snowplow, then your time to file a claim may be shorter than it typically is in Alaska personal injury cases.
Accordingly, we encourage you to contact us today via this website or by phone to schedule a free, no-obligation, confidential consultation with attorney Ben Crittenden. After that, you can make an informed decision about how to protect your legal rights.