Many parts of the country have already experienced severe winter weather this year. With the weather becoming increasingly unpredictable, significant amounts of snow and ice have descended upon areas that never had to contend with such conditions previously. To prevent being stranded somewhere on the side of a road, be sure to winterize your car by making sure your battery, wipers, tires, and fluids are in good shape.
Cold Weather and Batteries
It takes more energy to start a car battery in cold weather and less power is generated at low temperatures, so it is crucial that you regularly test your battery and charging system. If your battery tests low, replace it. Carry jumper cables for emergency situations.
Visibility in Winter Weather
Winter weather often means reduced visibility due to blowing snow, frosty windshields, and dark conditions. The rubber blade on windshield wipers can deteriorate during the hot summer months making it hard to clear an icy surface. Replace your windshield wiper blades with new ones designed specifically for winter. These have a rubber covering that keep the blade free of ice.
Always carry an ice scraper and snow brush. These essential tools may be less familiar to newcomers in cold climates. Ice scrapers and snow brushes are necessary for clearing off mirrors, headlights, and taillights. You should also clear the snow off the top of your vehicle so that it does not fly off into traffic behind you.
Check Tire Tread
The penny test is a good indication of tire tread condition. Stick a penny into your tire tread with Abe Lincoln’s head facing downward. If his head is still visible, your tread is worn down and you need new tires. Check the vehicle manufacturer’s recommendation for pounds per square inch of air and make sure your tires are inflated properly. Deflated tires have less traction and can be dangerous in slippery road conditions. Consider getting winter tires if you live somewhere with primarily cold conditions.
Check All Fluid Levels
Your car’s fluids should be properly winterized. Wiper fluid is vital for good visibility and should be changed to one that will not freeze in winter temperatures. Change your oil and consider using a thin formula for winter months. Be sure that your engine’s coolant has the correct mix of antifreeze and water recommended by the manufacturer. Regular maintenance will have your vehicle prepared for winter weather.
Oakhurst Car Accident Lawyers at the Falcon Law Firm, LLC Fight for Injured Victims of Winter Car Accidents
Winter weather conditions can be dangerous for driving. If you or someone you love was injured in a car accident caused by the negligence of another party, contact the skilled Oakhurst car accident lawyers at the Falcon Law Firm, LLC. We have the knowledge and experience needed to obtain the compensation you deserve. Call us at 732-660-1200 to schedule a free consultation or contact us online. Located in Oakhurst, Aberdeen, and Parlin, New Jersey, and Doylestown Pennsylvania, we represent clients throughout Belmar, Deal, Ocean Township, Point Pleasant, West Long Branch, Sayreville, Middlesex County, and Monmouth County, New Jersey, as well as Bucks County, Pennsylvania.