While it is easy to get caught up in a hurry or procrastinate having your vehicle serviced, it is very important for motorists to ensure their vehicle is in optimal condition no matter what season it is. However, during the winter months when rain and snow can strike at varying degrees, the condition of your vehicle is just as important as certain points you may want to check before hitting the road.
Safecar.gov, run by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), reminds motorists to do the following:
- Get vehicles serviced now before a major storm hits
- Check cooling systems
- Make sure the windshield washer reservoir is full with “no-freeze” fluid
- Inspect windshield wipers and defrosters
- Check tire pressure, tread, and overall condition of the rubber
- Be familiar with your car and how it handles on snowy, icy, or wet roads by practicing driving in a safe location that is not on the main road
- If you cannot avoid going out into inclement weather, make sure you plan your travel and route
- Stock your vehicle with supplies to help you handle winter driving tasks as well as emergency situations
- Wear your seatbelt
- Follow all traffic laws
If your vehicle happens to break down during a storm or if you become stopped or stalled in wintry weather, the NHTSA recommends that you stay with your vehicle so as not to overexert yourself and anyone else with you. Place bright markers on the antenna or windows of your vehicle and keep the interior dome light on if possible. To prevent asphyxiation from carbon monoxide poisoning, do not run your car for extended periods of time with the windows up or in a closed-off space. If you have to run your vehicle, be sure to clear the exhaust pipe of any snow and only run the car from time to time, just long enough to help you stay warm.
A Kentucky car accident attorney knows that these points only highlight the many ways that motorists can stay safe during winter driving conditions. However, it is unfortunate that even the most prepared and experienced driver cannot always avoid an auto accident caused by another driver who is negligent or distracted.