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How to prepare yourself and your vehicle for the winter

On Behalf of | Nov 7, 2022 | Auto Accidents

Soon, the temperatures across New Jersey will begin to drop. As this happens, it’s a sign that winter approaches. Before winter arrives, it’s smart to ensure that your car is ready for cold weather.

Stay home if possible

Winter weather is often unpredictable. Considering that, you don’t want to be stuck on the road should winter weather conditions worsen. That’s why it’s a smart idea to avoid driving during winter if at all possible.

Receive a tire rotation or replacement

Your vehicle has likely received use during summer and spring. Over the past six months, your vehicle’s tires have probably worn down to some extent. Driving on extremely worn tires increases your risk of dealing with a flat tire or tire blowout. You can prevent those previously mentioned problems by visiting a mechanic for a tire rotation or replacement.

Give yourself plenty of time

Winter often brings lots of snow and sleet that falls on roadways. If you must drive on snow or ice-covered roads, give yourself plenty of time to reach your destination. Many motor vehicle accidents during the winter happen because drivers were speeding. Wet or icy roads impede your car’s ability to maintain traction. Depending on a road’s condition, following posted speed limit signs might still be driving too fast.

Store an emergency bag

There’s no way to guarantee when car trouble happens. So, it’s good to have a way to take care of yourself if you’re waiting for a tow truck or a rideshare driver. You can accomplish this goal by packing a small emergency bag and placing it in your car. This bag should have a blanket or two, hand warmers and bandages.

Many motor vehicle accidents happen in winter. After a car accident happens, don’t panic or get angry and another driver. Instead, contact emergency services and try to move to a safe place away from roads and other drivers.