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Preparing for Winter Driving in Northern Illinois

Posted on in Car Accidents

Winnebago County personal injury attorneysIt seems like just last week that Illinois residents were celebrating the summer with barbecues, fireworks, and family softball games. Almost without warning, the leaves have changed colors and, in fact, many deserted the trees on which they grew, leaving the branches exposed and looking like the dead of winter. Make no mistake, winter is on its way. That is why now is the time to get your car or truck ready for the cold and snow, taking every precaution to avoid dangerous and deadly winter auto accidents

Prevent Breakdowns

There are countless resources, both online and in auto shops, that will go into minute detail about the various points of concern for winterizing your vehicle. Not all, of course, are applicable to every car or truck, or even every driver, so check with your mechanic about your particular needs. There are a few basic things, however, that apply to anyone taking to the roads this winter, and by taking a few moments now, you can help to prevent unforeseen tragedy.

Among the primary considerations for your car or truck in cold weather are your battery and your antifreeze. Your car’s engine relies on the battery to start, so you will need to be sure it has the power to withstand the pressures of winter. Similarly, antifreeze ensures that the water in your car’s radiator does not form ice crystals which could cause a whole host of problems. Make sure your antifreeze levels are maintained properly and flushed, if necessary, to start the winter season fresh.

Roadway Winter Safety

Several elements of your vehicle can directly impact your ability to operate it safely in winter road conditions. First, your heating and defrost systems should be checked to ensure that your visibility will not be compromised by frost or ice on your windshield. Next, make sure your windshield wipers are up to the task of battling snow and slush. If necessary, switch to heavy-duty winter blades, which are designed to prevent the build-up of ice on the wipers themselves. Finally, check the wear and tread depth on your tires, and consider having winter tires installed. Poor traction is a leading cause of spin-outs and other types of winter car accidents.

Injured in Crash? A Winnebago County Car Accident Lawyer Can Help

If you are involved in a winter auto accident caused by the actions or negligence of another driver, you may be entitled to compensation for your injuries. Contact an experienced Rockford personal injury attorney at Mannarino & Brasfield, A Division of KJS. We will evaluate your case for free and help you seek the financial damages you deserve. Call 815-215-7561 to schedule an appointment today.

 

Sources:

https://www.accuweather.com/en/weather-news/5-ways-to-prepare-your-car-for-winter-2/434153

https://money.usnews.com/money/blogs/my-money/2015/11/03/5-steps-to-prepare-your-car-for-winter

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