Driving in the winter is undoubtedly stressful, especially when the risk of being stranded in subzero temperatures is so high. Safely maneuvering your vehicle is only part of the many things we need to consider once the temperatures drop and the snow flies. The physical state of your vehicle and its contents should all be inspected before you turn the key.
The personal injury attorneys at Hupy and Abraham hope that this winter checklist for your vehicle will keep you safe if there’s a mishap.
First, make sure you have the following items in your vehicle before you set out:
- Flares or reflectors to signal for help and warn other drivers.
- Scraper/snow brush/snow shovel to clear snow.
- Battery or crank-powered radio for emergency broadcasts.
- Flashlight and batteries.
- Blanket or sleeping bag.
- Extra clothes, coat, hat, mittens, boots, etc.
- Gallon (minimum) water and nonperishable food.
- First-aid kit.
- Tire chains and tow strap.
- Nonclumping kitty litter or sand for traction.
- Jumper cables.
- Mobile phone and car charger with important numbers programmed.
Then, make sure all of the following are in safe operating condition:
- Check windshield wiper fluid.
- Check heater and defroster.
- Inspect wiper blades and antifreeze level.
- Test all lights.
- Maintain a nearly full tank of gas.
- Check the ignition.
- Check the exhaust system.
- Check tire tread.
- Test the battery and breaks.
If for any reason you or a loved one are injured while driving this winter, please do not hesitate to contact Hupy and Abraham for a free consultation. Our personal injury attorneys have years of experience with automobile accident cases and will get you the compensation you deserve. Please call 800-800-5678 today, or start a live chat with us anytime at Hupy.com.