December 12, 2013 /24-7PressRelease/
-- As the holidays are approaching, Denver residents are getting ready for the snowy weather ahead. Not only does this mean getting your ski and snowboarding gear ready, but it also entails getting your vehicle ready for snow and ice that is sure to fall on Denver this winter.
According to the Colorado State Patrol, over 5,000 car accidents
occurred in 2011 due to icy or snowy conditions. Understanding how to react in different bad-weather situations may just help to save you from becoming the next victim of a snowy car pileup.
Winterize your car
While your car has spent the last few months driving in warm weather conditions, it is about to head into the cold of a Colorado winter. Make sure to winterize your car to ensure that it will run properly in the frigid cold. Consider the following:
- Check the tread on your tires to ensure maximum traction while on the road. Many Denver residents prefer snow tires, which offer deeper tread to propel your vehicle through the snow and ice.
- Check the battery to make sure that it is fully charged. Extremely cold weather can deplete your battery life.
- Check your fluid levels, including coolant, antifreeze, transmission fluid, oil and windshield wiper fluid.
- Make sure your windshield wiper blades are in one piece before you get caught in a storm. You can also use a de-icing windshield fluid to help keep your windshield clear on those icy days.
- Make sure that your headlights and fog lights are working properly and replace them if needed.
By taking the time to winterize your car, you could save yourself from a frustrating road-side break down.
Driving tips for winter
Now that your vehicle is ready for the winter roads, make sure that you are properly prepared to drive in these inclement conditions. Here are some tips to keep you safe on the road.
- Avoid any distractions, including cellphones, texting, eating, adjusting your radio, or even talking with other passengers in the car. Focus only on the road ahead.
- Keep a greater distance behind the car in front of you. Remember that it takes longer to stop on ice or snow.
- Keep the essentials in your car, such as an ice scraper, flashlight, blanket, cellphone charger, first-aid kit, jumper cables, and some nutrition bars.
- Reduce your speed when driving in rain, snow or ice, and stay in the outside lane.
- Check with the Colorado Department of Transportation before heading out on the roads. This will give you an idea of what is in store.
Brushing up on a few basic driving tips could be all you need to avoid a car crash catastrophe this holiday season.
Call an accident attorney
If you happen to fall victim to a car accident, be sure to call a reputable car accident attorney who is well versed in Colorado state law. An experienced lawyer will understand the trends of Denver's unique winter weather patterns, and can help to design a plan that will maximize your compensation.
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