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Safe Driving Tips for the Winter Months

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The roads can be a treacherous place in winter. Keep yourself and your family safe during the months of ice and snow by picking up a few tips on how to make sure you and your vehicle are ready for the perils of driving in winter, and contact a New Jersey traffic accident lawyer if you’re involved in a winter weather car crash.

  • Get your vehicle prepped for cold weather: It’s important to have the right tires on your vehicle for the snow and ice you’ll encounter. Make sure your tires are in good condition, free from any cracks, and that they have sufficient traction and proper inflation. This is also a good time to make sure that your brakes are in good shape, that there are no cracks in the lines or worn pads. Have your heating and cooling system checked, and make sure that you have the right mix of antifreeze to prevent freezing. Also check your windshield wipers to make sure they work well and are not cracked or torn.

  • Create an emergency kit in case of a breakdown: If you do get stuck by the side of the road, make sure you’ve got critical supplies on hand. Carry a blanket and hand warmers to keep yourself warm if your battery dies. Pack non-perishable foods and water, as well as flares and jumper cables. Carrying salt, sand, or kitty litter can help you gain traction if you get stuck in a bank or ditch. You may also want to carry a set of tire chains.

  • Allow more space between yourself and the car in front of you: One of the worst things you can do on a slippery road is brake abruptly. Allow yourself enough time to bring your car to a stop by leaving more space than you normally would between yourself and the car in front of you, especially when traveling at highway speeds.

  • Use momentum to help with getting up a slippery hill: Putting on the gas to get up a snow-covered hill could cause you to lose traction and spin your wheels. Instead of relying on the accelerator, try to gain momentum before heading up a hill, and then rely on that forward movement to climb up and over. If you can possibly avoid it, don’t come to a stop until you’ve reached the top, as you may not be able to get moving again.

For assistance getting the damages you deserve after a serious New Jersey motor vehicle accident, contact the seasoned, dedicated, and effective personal injury lawyer Andrew R. Jacobs for a free consultation on your case, at 973-532-9681.

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