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How Can Drivers Stay Safe on Winter Roads?

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When driving during the winter and the accompanying bad weather, the chance of a car accident is increased. To   avoid an accident, it is important to be prepared in case of unexpected situations, storms, or compromised road conditions. The best way to stay safe this winter while on the road is by preparing a winter safety kit. By having a winter safety kit in the vehicle, you will surely be prepared for almost any situation when taking to the road. Along with your winter safety kit, it is important to prepare your vehicle before taking a trip to be equipped for the wintertime.  Also be aware of the limits and abilities of your vehicle when driving during the winter. Another suggestion for driving during the winter is snow tires. If it begins snowing while on the road, it is important to drive slowly, accelerate and slow down slowly, make sure your brakes are in good shape, and do not accelerate when going uphill.

What Should Be in a Winter Safety Kit?

A safety kit should include simple survival necessities such as a snow shovel, kitty litter, jumper cables, chargers, blankets, tools, food, and other essentials. By having a snow shovel and kitty litter on hand, you can almost always get your vehicle out of an icy situation. Jumper cables are something that everyone should always have on hand in case you need a jump start. Other forms of chargers for phones or extra batteries are always good to have. If you are on the side of the road, extra blankets, hats, gloves, and jackets are important to stay warm. If you cannot have the heat on, extra protection with be valuable while waiting for help to come. Other safety items such as a flashlight and a small tool kit are important to have on hand for any situation you may encounter.  Another additional item to include is food for snacking such as granola bars or candy for energy.

How Do I Prepare My Vehicle for Winter Driving?

When preparing for a trip or taking to the winter roads, drivers should be aware of the forecast and what weather conditions they will be expecting on their trip. This is the time to prepare for all possible situations you may face. Before starting off, your vehicle should be prepared, and you should establish a plan for your trip. Every traveler during the wintertime will tell you that is it important to have at least half a tank of gas at all times. If in the event you become stranded or are waiting for help, you will be able to have the car running for some time to keep warm. Before taking to the road, ensure that the exhaust pipes are clear, an oil change has been performed, tire pressure is good, and all fluids in the car are full.

South Jersey Car Accident Lawyers at the D’Amato Law Firm Help Clients Who Have Been Injured in Winter Accidents

Taking to the road in the winter can be dangerous. If you or a loved one has been injured in an accident in which winter conditions were a factor, reach out to the South Jersey car accident lawyers at the D’Amato Law Firm. Our legal team will investigate the cause of the accident and develop a solid case to help secure the compensation for which you are entitled. Call us today at 609-926-3300 or contact us online for a free consultation. With an office in Egg Harbor Township, New Jersey, we assist accident victims in Atlantic City, Linwood, Galloway Township, Cape May, Vineland, Millville, Bridgeton, Ocean City, Woodbury, and across South Jersey.