With the warm weather we’ve been having this November, it almost seems as though winter has decided to skip over Boston this year. But love it or hate it, winter is on its way. Getting ready for New England’s harsh and icy winters begins early, and there’s no preparation more important than that of your vehicle. Winterizing your vehicle not only makes you more comfortable and helps your car or truck run more efficiently, it can also save your life. If you’re looking to cut costs on expenses this winter, look somewhere else. Winterizing your vehicle is essential to your safety and that of everyone you share the road with. Contact a Boston Car Accident Lawyer Today.
How to Prepare Your Vehicle for Winter Weather
- Maintain your tires and get snow tires if possible. Not only is it safest to have tire tread that’s at least 1/16 of an inch, it’s the law. Snow tires are not essential, but they certainly come in handy when conditions are snowy or icy, and even during heavy rainfall.
- Make sure your battery is in good working order. Cold weather can make it extremely difficult for vehicles to start, and this can be especially damaging to batteries. Unfortunately, when a battery fails it can cause damage to the vehicle’s entire system. Buy a good brand of battery and have it checked before winter sets in.
- Keep the gas tank as full as possible at all times.
- Inspect hoses and belts for signs of visible wear and tear, such as cracking.
- Check antifreeze regularly.
- Use a cold weather windshield wiper fluid that contains a deicing solution.
- Use dry gas, a gas line antifreeze that does just what it says. It prevents the moisture in the fuel from freezing which can result in damage to the fuel line.
- Stash an emergency kit in the trunk. If you break down, you may be stuck in the cold for an extended period of time. Having a blanket, an extra hat and gloves, bottled water, snacks, a flashlight, a shovel, road flares, jumper cables, and a bag of cat litter or sand can be more valuable than gold if you have an accident, break down or get stuck in the snow, especially at night. The cat litter or sand can help to provide traction on a slippery surface, and the flares can attract the attention of passing cars.
- Altman & Altman, LLP – Boston’s Car Accident Law Firm
Few people look forward to winterizing their homes and cars before winter. It costs money and, quite frankly, it’s a pain. But we all know how important this annual routine can be. Preparing your car before winter can protect you, your children, and everyone else you share the road with. At Altman & Altman, LLP, we have represented countless clients in motor vehicle accident cases. Many of these accidents were caused by adverse weather conditions, namely snow and ice. If you live in Boston or the surrounding areas, there’s no escaping it. The best advice – avoid driving during adverse weather conditions, but if that’s not possible drive cautiously, defensively, and make sure your vehicle is ready to handle the snow and ice.
If you’ve been injured in any type of motor vehicle accident, we can help. Contact Altman & Altman, LLP today for a free consultation about your case.