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Tips for winterizing your car

Icy road conditions and dense fog can impact Virginia drivers hitting the road during the winter holidays. In low visibility and slick conditions, a single highway accident can affect dozens of vehicles and send the injured to area hospitals. Even injuries considered minor can result in costly medical expenses. At Miller, Earle & Shanks, our experienced attorneys often help accident victims secure the compensation they are due. 

The National Safety Council recommends that you take time and prepare your car for winter in addition to routine maintenance. 

  • Test your battery even if it is well within its expected useable life. Battery power drops when the temperature does, reducing its lifespan. 
  • Put winter tires on your car. They have deeper treads to help you maintain control of the vehicle. If you have all-season tires, check the treads. Replace them if they are less than 1/16 of an inch deep. 
  • Check the tire pressure, as it also drops in cold weather. 
  • Avoid gas line freeze by keeping the tank at least half full 
  • Install winter wiper blades. With greater tensile strength, high-grade rubber and a sturdy frame, they can handle snow and ice build-up. 
  • Add wiper fluid made for use in winter temperatures. 

Regardless of the season, have an emergency supply kit in the back. Check it every six months and keep the contents up-to-date. Supplies should include everything from drinking water, flashlights and jumper cables to a first aid kit, reflective vest and non-perishable, high energy foods. 

Make sure your emergency contact information is available to first responders. You should also have a phone number for a towing company and your auto insurance nearby. If you sustain injuries as a result of another’s reckless driving or negligence, you may have grounds for a claim. Visit our webpage for more information on this topic.