We’re still several weeks away from the first freezing temperatures of the year, but cold weather and the threat of icy roads will be here before you know it. With temperatures still warm during the day, there’s no better time than right now to prepare your vehicle for the perils of late fall and winter.
First, complete this checklist:
- Inspect your tires. Your tires play the biggest role when it comes to keeping you safe on Virginia’s roads, especially when ice and snow are present. Ensure that all four tires are properly inflated, have plenty of tread, and are free from damage.
- Get your brakes checked. Brakes can begin to lose their effectiveness and responsiveness long before they completely fail. But worn-out brakes can lock or fail to engage when roads are slick, so be sure to keep yours in good condition.
- Check your battery. Cold weather can be hard on car batteries. Inspect your battery for signs of wear, corrosion, or loose cables. In addition, get it replaced if you notice your vehicle’s electrical system is sluggish or malfunctioning, as it could indicate battery failure.
Second, pack your vehicle with essentials in case you’re stranded during winter weather. That includes things like non-perishable food, bottled water, blankets, flashlight, phone charger, jumper cables, and traction mats.
The better prepared you are for winter weather, the less likely you’ll find yourself in a dangerous situation once temperatures begin dropping. And if you find yourself the victim of a crash caused by a negligent driver, you know who to call—the Roanoke auto accident lawyers at Skolrood Law Firm.