Winter is almost here, and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) wants to make sure drivers have their vehicles prepared for snow, ice and other inclement weather.
The NHTSA is advising drivers to do the following things before hitting the road this winter:
- Service your vehicle – Have your car thoroughly inspected by a mechanic who you trust. He or she can make sure your car is up-to-date on required maintenance and check your battery, lights, tires and hoses to make sure they are functioning properly and are prepared for the drop in temperature. Make sure your car’s windshield washer reservoir is full as well.
- Check for safety recalls – Use a tool on the NHTSA’s website to find out if there are any recalls on your car. If there are, take your vehicle to the dealer immediately to be repaired. This could help prevent an accident or save your life if you are involved in a crash.
- Know your car – Every car handles differently, particularly in winter. If you want to be a safe driver, you need to know how your car will react in various weather conditions. You might want to practice driving on snow-covered roads in low-traffic areas to get a feel for how your car will handle winter weather. This is especially important if you recently started driving another car.
- Stock your vehicle – The NHTSA recommends keeping an ice scraper in your car so you can clear off your windshield. A broom and a snow shovel can help clear snow that accumulates around your car. You should also travel with a flashlight, jumper cables, extra food and water, and blankets in case you get stranded due to the weather.
If you suffer injuries in a car accident this winter, contact our car accident injury lawyers to find out if you have legal options. We may be able to obtain fair compensation for your injuries.