Tips to Prepare Your Car for Winter Weather
Posted On behalf of Pfeifer Morgan & Stesiak on Nov 29, 2016 in Car Accidents
As winter approaches, there is a greater likelihood of encountering ice, snow or other inclement weather on Indiana roadways.
Preparing your car for dangerous weather can help prevent a dangerous car accident that could cause injuries or deaths. Pfeifer, Morgan & Stesiak's reputable South Bend auto accident lawyers recommend you take extra precaution when driving on Indiana's icy roads.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) encourages drivers to take the following steps to prepare their vehicles for winter driving:
- Service your car – Bring your car to a trusted mechanic to make sure it is in optimal condition for winter driving. The mechanic should make sure your car is up-to-date on any routine maintenance, perform necessary repairs, and replace worn or defective parts.
- Check for recalls on your vehicle – If your vehicle is under safety recall, take it in immediately for repairs. Driving a car with defective or unsafe components puts you and other drivers at risk. Use the NHTSA's Recalls Look-Up Tool to determine if your vehicle is under any safety recalls.
- Learn how to handle your car in winter weather – This is particularly important if you recently started driving a different car. Practice driving in an empty parking lot or remote area during snowy weather before heading out on main roads.
- Ensure your car battery is prepared – When the temperature dips, your battery power does as well. That is why you should warm up your car before driving to give the battery a chance to perform its best. Also, have your mechanic inspect the charging system and belts to be sure they are working properly.
- Check your lights – Periodically check to make sure all of your vehicle lights are working, including brake lights, interior lights and emergency flashing lights.
- Windshield wipers and fluid – Ensure your windshield washer reservoir is full and the wipers are working well. Replace worn out wiper blades and consider installing heavy-duty winter wipers.
When you are out on the road, avoid using your cellphone while driving, practice defensive driving, obey posted speed limits and do not drive under the influence of drugs or alcohol. By following these tips, you can be the safest driver possible and protect others’ lives as well as your own.
If you or a loved one suffers an injury in a car accident during the holiday season, contact the personal injury attorneys at Pfeifer, Morgan & Stesiak today to review your legal options. Our car accident lawyers may be able to obtain compensation for damages caused by your injuries.
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