The winter season is an exciting time of year. A lot of us travel to see friends and family. Maybe we’re lucky enough to break-up the winter blues with a vacation at a ski lodge, or a get-away to a balmy beach locale. This is a heavily traveled time of year, but road conditions are not always great.
Wintertime can be especially harsh on vehicles, roads, and the drivers who use them. Pavement erosion, inclement weather, poor visibility and unprepared vehicles and drivers can make winter commuting dangerous and unpredictable.
Are you ready for being out on the road during winter? Taking a few moments to prepare and protect your family against winter driving dangers is essential and could spare you from potential disaster. You can help ensure you and your family members are safe in the snow this season by taking a few simple precautions now.
You never know what can happen in the snow after you leave the house. To be on the safe side, it’s important for all drivers to be prepared for unforeseen circumstances this time of year.
Pack an emergency bag with the following items in each vehicle and you’ll be better prepared if you happen to find yourself stranded in poor weather conditions:
Vehicle Emergency Bag
Nothing derails a holiday trip like breaking down on the side of the road. No matter how reliable your car has been, it’s a good idea to check out your vehicle before heading out for the holidays.
Change your motor oil to one that has thinner viscosity to keep your car engine operating properly when the temperatures drop below freezing.
Routinely inspect vehicle hoses and belts for drying and wear and tear caused by temperature extremes, and replace when necessary.
Install winter driving tires that are specially made for gripping the road and maintaining traction while driving. Use tire chains when roads are slick or snowy. Each time the temperature drops 10 degrees, tire pressure is reduced by approximately one pound per square inch, so check that your tires are properly inflated.
Check all vehicle battery cables, connections, and ensure fluid levels are up to par.
Let your vehicle warm up for no more than 30 seconds after you start it in an open area, not in a garage or enclosed space.
Keep windshield wipers and defoggers in good condition, and keep a snow brush, ice scraper, and gloves accessible. Use a windshield washer that won’t freeze.
Clear ice and snow from car windows, hood and roof before driving.
Just last year, a ‘white out” storm caused a massive pileup on I-91 involving 20 cars, three semi-trucks, and one tanker truck.
If you or someone in your family is in a bad weather accident in Connecticut, contact the experienced vehicle collision attorneys at The Flood Law Firm (877) 987-9LAW or (860) 346-2695. We provide a free, no-obligation consultation and will help determine whether you should file a case.