Avoid Accidents This Winter by Making Sure Your Car is Ready for Cold Weather

It’s that time of year again to start thinking about snow, ice and inclement winter weather. Making sure your vehicle is ready for the cold weather is key to staying safe and avoiding accidents. Check out the following tips to make sure you and your vehicle are ready for the winter ahead.winter

Test Tires Prior to Snowfall

Tires are a feature many drivers don’t think about until winter hits. Testing your tire treads is one of the first steps to ensuring your car is ready for winter weather.

Since we live in a part of the country where we get – and keep – snow for a long period of time, you may want to consider adding snow tires to your vehicle for the winter months. Good tires are key to maintaining control of your vehicle in the snow and ice.

Keep Up on Maintenance

Before winter arrives, be sure to bring your car in for a complete checkup. This will ensure your vehicle’s vital fluids, brakes and battery are all up to par for the winter driving season. Keeping up on your vehicle’s maintenance is crucial when it comes to avoiding accidents in the wintertime.

Test Four-Wheel Drive

Four-wheel drive is a great feature to have in the wintertime. Before the snow and ice arrives, consult your owner’s manual to learn about to test this feature. Knowing how and when to use four-wheel drive can help you maintain control of your vehicle in inclement weather.

Check for Auto Recalls and Defects

Auto recalls and defects are two vehicle issues that are not to be taken lightly. If you hear about an issue with your vehicle make and model, taking the vehicle in to get a checkup should be your first priority. These recalls and defects can be very serious, especially during the winter months when driving conditions are harsh.

If you have been in a winter driving accident caused by an auto recall or defect, contact the professional attorneys at O’Keeffe O’Brien Lyson Foss. Our professional attorneys will help guide you to obtain the justice you deserve.

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