Start the season by visiting your mechanic for routine maintenance. Ask your mechanic to check for leaks, worn houses, and any necessary repairs or replacements. Make sure your tires and brakes are prepared for winter. Check to be sure your vehicle’s battery is up to the challenges of winter.
Are all of the lights on your vehicle working properly? Check headlights, brake lights, turn signals, and emergency flashers.
Check your windshield wipers and fill your vehicle’s windshield washer fluid reservoir. Opt for the windshield wiper fluid that includes de-icer. Replace wiper blades if they are worn. This small investment can significantly improve your ability to see the road during a winter storm.
Stock your vehicle with the following items:
- Snow shovel, ice scraper
- Jumper cables
- Sand or kitty litter to provide traction if your vehicle becomes stuck
- Flares and emergency markers
- Water and non-perishable food
- Cell phone and charger
Before getting on the road this winter, take a moment to check the weather and road conditions. Be sure to allow plenty of time to get to your destination; leave early if necessary. If you typically reply on a GPS system to get you to new places, check the directions and maps before getting in the vehicle. If you can, avoid driving if road conditions are hazardous. Keep your gas tank close to full in case of unexpected delays.
When driving in winter weather, obey posted speed limits. Drive even slower if conditions make it necessary. Increase your following distance to be sure you’ll have plenty of time to stop behind the vehicles ahead of you.
Automobile accidents frequently occur during the winter. If you or a loved one has been injured in an automobile accident, contact the Schuerman Law office today. Schuerman Law has been working with personal injury claims for over 40 years. John Schuerman will compassionately advocate for injured individuals as well as their families while fighting for full compensation of their claims. Schuerman Law offers evening and weekend appointments in addition to home and hospital visits. Schedule a free consultation today by calling 1-800-274-0045.