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How to Protect Yourself from a Car Accident this Winter

 Posted on November 14,2017 in Car Accidents

Will County winter car accident attorneyWe are almost at the end of the year, and that means that we will likely be getting at least a few inches of snow within the next few months. During the winter, the snowy and icy weather greatly increases the chances of being involved in a car accident. Here are some tips to take care of your car this winter and to protect yourself from injuries caused by a potential collision:

Extra Time Means Everything

Driving becomes much more dangerous when there is snow or ice on the ground. Before driving anywhere, it is best to take some extra time to make sure defrosters, brakes, and mirrors are in good condition. Spending these extra few minutes to ensure that your vehicle’s systems are in working order can make a huge difference during the winter months.

Defrosting Is a Must-Do

If a car is kept outside overnight, then chances are great that condensation and frost may form on the mirrors and car. It is wise to turn the car on at least five minutes before preparing to drive, and it is also a good idea to keeping a towel available to wipe away condensation and an ice scraper to remove any frost. Checking for snow or frost build-up on the headlight and taillights is a good way to take make sure other drivers can see your vehicle.

Check Your Tires and Stock Up On Necessities

Before the harsh winter weather sits in, it is a good idea to check the tread and pressure on tires, and make sure that you have at least a quarter of a tank of gas in your vehicle. Emergency equipment, such as a flashlight, blankets, food, water, and other necessities, should also be kept in the car in the event of an emergency.

Avoid Speeding in the Winter

If the roads are snowy or icy, it is not a good idea to speed, since these conditions can make it difficult to control your vehicle. Allow for some extra time on the roads, and leave earlier to get to work, school, or other activities. It is also important to be more alert for pedestrians in colder weather, because extra time is needed to slow down to allow people to cross the street.

Contact a Plainfield, IL Car Accident Lawyer

As the holiday season approaches, the last way that anyone wants to end this year is by getting into in a car accident. There are many ways to take safety precautions, but even the safest driver can still become involved in a car crash. If you or a loved one has been injured in a car accident, Flaherty Law, LLC can help you recover compensation for your damages. To schedule a free consultation, please call a Will County personal injury attorney at 815-577-7500.


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