In Colorado, the dangers of driving in the winter do not just come from drunk or distracted drivers. While we are lucky to enjoy living in one of the most beautiful states, we must also navigate a fair amount of winter weather.
Winter weather conditions like snow and ice a pose a serious obstacle for even the most sober of drivers. And since this is the time of year when we begin thinking about hunkering down and bracing for the cold, it seems like the perfect time to talk about winterizing your car.
After all, while it’s important to make sure that you are prepared for the cold if you use your car on a regular basis (and even if it’s just on an occasional basis), it is in your own best interest to take the time to make sure that everything is in order. So, if you’re wondering how you can winterize your vehicle, we’ve outlined a few tips, below.
Install Winter Wipers and Tires and Be Sure to Carry Chains
Outfitting your car with more heavy-duty window wipers will ensure that ice does not collect on the blades so you can see clearly through the snow. Winter tires will also give you better traction so your car will continue to grip the road, even as temperatures drop.
If you find yourself often driving in very snowy conditions, snow chains are another great way to increase your safety. Just make sure you are comfortable installing and removing them before you set out.
During the winter, we recommend keeping your washer fluid full and carrying an extra bottle in the car. This will ensure that you can continue keeping your windshield clean, without fear of losing that ability, should you run out of fluid.
You’ll also want to keep your gas levels above half full. Having a full tank can prevent your gas line from freezing up. It may also be necessary to keep the car running if you get stranded and are waiting for help.
Pack a Safety Kit
While it’s helpful to have a safety kit with you at all times, it becomes especially important in the winter. Your safety kit may include a flashlight + batteries, flares, a first aid kit, jumper cables, extra warm clothing, antifreeze, and non-perishable food and beverage items. These should come in handy, should anything unexpected happen to you while you are on the road.
Service Your Vehicle
Before conditions get too extreme, it may be helpful to take your car in for maintenance. You can ask your service technician about your winterizing options, get an oil change, and generally ensure that your car will be in good working order for the winter season.
As a Denver accident law firm, we care about your road safety, all year long. So don’t neglect this very important time of the year. It could mean the difference between a collision and safe driving. However, if you do find yourself in an accident, know that we are here to help. When you contact us, we’ll set up an initial consultation, listen to your story and help you take the best step forward.