While the majority of the country has seen record temperatures for the first part of December, the fact remains that winter will come, and when it does, the dangerous driving conditions follow. Before that happens, take the time to re-familiarize yourself with how you can stay safe on the roads this winter.
Taking proper care of your car is your best defense during the winter season. Check your tire tread occasionally, as bad tread and slippery roads are not a good combination. Ensure your battery holds its charge if the temperatures do drop, especially after a cold night.
Brush Up Your Skills
It is especially nerve-wracking to drive on icy roads, especially when it’s only on occasion. As such, you should remember to keep enough space between you and the vehicle in front of you. Stop earlier than you would normally when approaching a stop sign or traffic light. Also, make sure you don’t allow your car to idle in an enclosed space to avoid exposure to carbon monoxide.
Carry A Safety Kit
Always carry a safety kit in your vehicle, especially at winter. The kit should include a flashlight, flares, an ice scraper, jumper cables, a first aid kit, blanket, water and some non-perishable food.
If you have become injured as the result of a car accident, your New Jersey car accident lawyer can help you determine if you are eligible for compensation for property damage, lost wages, emotional distress and medical bills. Contact us for more information on how we can help you.