Ice and snow paired with freezing temperatures can be dangerous for drivers. If an auto accident happens or your car breaks down in the snow, you will want to be prepared.
Preparing your car for winter now can help you stay safe on the roads.
Preventing Winter Breakdowns
Breaking down in the winter can leave you stranded in freezing or inclement weather, which can be disastrous. Lower your risk of breakdowns by winterizing your vehicle now.
- Always have your vehicle professionally serviced according the manufacturers specifications.
- Have your radiator inspected and serviced, and check the antifreeze levels in your vehicle. Add more antifreeze if necessary.
- Add de-icing windshield wiper fluid and replace worn out windshield wipers.
- Test your tire pressure weekly during the winter, airing your tires up as needed. Also, check tread depth of the tires and replace if necessary so that your vehicle can grip winter roads properly.
- Change your oil regularly, and ask your vehicle technician if winter weight oil is necessary.
- Have your vehicles braking system inspected to ensure proper functioning.
- Have your vehicles exhaust system tested to uncover any carbon monoxide leaks that require repair.
- Inspect all lights inside and outside your vehicle to make sure they are working properly. Check to see that your headlights are aimed properly.
- Always keep your gas tank at least half full during the winter to avoid frozen gas lines.
Prepare for the Worst
Should you face an unexpected breakdown over the winter, its important to have essential supplies on hand in the vehicle. Pack your car with these necessities, which will help keep you safe until help arrives:
- Bottled water and nonperishable snacks
- Flashlight and flares
- Blankets and extra warm clothing
If you have been injured in a vehicle accident, the legal team at GWC Injury Lawyers can help you pursue justice and compensation for your injuries.