Getting ready for driving in winter

Summer is now in the rear view mirror and winter is not too far away. While winter may be the last thing some motorists here in Ohio want to think about at this point in time, it can be important to do some planning for this upcoming season. This includes making some preparations for winter driving.

Winter brings about many things that can present some significant challenges for motorists: extreme cold, snow, ice and a decreased amount of daylight hours in a day. These conditions can, in some cases, result in traffic accidents or vehicle breakdowns.

However, there are things drivers can do to prepare for such conditions and reduce the odds of getting into trouble out on the roads in winter.

One is making sure their car is properly prepared for winter. Vehicle condition can be key when dealing with winter weather out on the roads. So, there are a variety of checks a person may want to make in regards to their vehicle prior to winter, including checks of the brakes, the wiper blades, the fluid levels, the various vehicle lights, the condition of the battery, tire pressure level and tire tread depth.

These months before winter can also be a good time for drivers to remind themselves of the special care that needs to be taken behind the wheel when in wintry weather conditions. What safe driving looks like can be quite different in icy or snowy conditions as compared to clear conditions. A driver making missteps in winter conditions can greatly up the chances of a traffic crash. So, if drivers have forgotten or are unclear on how to drive safely in such conditions, now can be a good time for them to reacquaint themselves with the basics.

When a motorist is hurt out in winter weather conditions, skilled attorneys can assist them in identifying whether any careless acts or omissions by another contributed to the crash.

Source: WCSM, “Is Your Car Winter-Ready? Now’s the time to prepare vehicles for winter driving,” Oct. 3, 2016

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