As one of our Pennsylvania readers, you expect to face harsh weather conditions during the winter months. From cold temperatures to snow and ice, you’re not surprised by anything that moves into the area.
Driving in inclement weather is never fun, however, there are steps you can take to ease the stress of doing so. For example, the way you winterize your car is important. Here are a few things to consider doing before the dead of winter arrives:
- Complete all scheduled maintenance: Your mechanic can check on this for you, paying close attention to things such as fluids, hoses and belts. Inspecting these things before winter can help protect against a breakdown.
- Check your tires: Not only should your tires have enough tread to contend with winter weather, but they must also be properly inflated. Inspect your tires once before winter and then monthly throughout the season.
- Test your lights and windshield wipers: Both of these things are critical to your safety when driving in the winter. If either of these is malfunctioning, visit your mechanic to find out why.
- Inspect your battery: A bad battery is not likely to make it through the winter season. If your mechanic suggests replacing it, do so immediately. Waiting is a risk, as you don’t want to find yourself stranded in cold weather.
- Keep gas in your tank: There is more than one reason to do this. First off, it helps prevent your gas from freezing. Next, it lessens the likelihood of running out of gas and becoming stranded.
Along with the above, pack a winter survival kit. You hope that you never need it, but if you ever face trouble, it’s sure to come in handy.
Even if you winterize your car for safe driving, it doesn’t mean you’ll never be part of a car accident. Some drivers don’t change their approach during the winter months, which increases the risk of an accident.
If another driver strikes your vehicle, don’t concern yourself with anything but your safety and health. Once you receive treatment, you’ll have a clear idea of your injuries and what to do next. This will lead you to file an insurance claim, learn more about your legal rights and, hopefully, hold the negligent driver responsible for their actions.