winter driving safety

Items To Keep In Your Car As Winter Approaches

David Monteleone
Illinois Accident and Wrongful Death Lawyer

  Posted  |  Category : Car Accident Lawyer

People who live in the Rockford area know that snow and ice are often a daily part of life in the winter. When bad weather hits in the winter months, you could be fighting poor visibility, slick roads, and cold temperatures on area roads. But if you keep a few critical items in your car, you have a better chance of avoiding accidents or being stranded.

In this post, find out about must-have items to keep in your vehicle to ensure your safety as winter approaches. However, if you were already in a car accident and think someone else caused it, our Rockford car accident lawyers can review your case at no charge. They can also answer any legal questions about your car accident case.

Snow And Ice Scraper

Few things are more important in a snowy Rockford winter than being able to see the road. A sturdy snow and ice scraper in the car will clear your windshield. Put your vehicle in the garage the night before the storm if you can. But if that is not an option, use your ice scraper on the windshield as well as the rear and side windows. Having full visibility in poor weather is essential to staying safe.

Jumper Cables

Cold weather takes a lot out of a car battery. If you are hitting the roads in cold weather, you should always put a pair of jumper cables in the trunk. Jumper cables also can prevent you from being stranded if you leave your lights on in the parking lot.

Another really good idea is to keep one of the new portable self-contained battery jumpers in your car. This way you don’t have to rely on someone else to jump your battery with their vehicle.

Cat Litter

Cat litter is not just for the feline lovers among us. Did you know that simple cat litter can provide ample traction if stuck in ice or snow? Spread a few handfuls of litter under the driving wheels and slowly apply the gas. This simple trick allows you to drive out of many slick snow and ice conditions.

Tool Set

Even if you are not a skilled wrench-turner, having essential tools in the trunk can save a lot of hassle when a simple repair is required. A good basic tool kit includes a wrench, Allen keys, sockets, screwdriver, pliers, and channel locks.

A Sturdy Spare Tire

If your car tires lack good tread, you want to replace them before snow and ice hit the ground. Driving in icy, wet, or snowy conditions on bald tires is hazardous and should be avoided. It is worth the cost to buy new all-season tires or snow tires if it is supposed to be an especially snowy winter. Furthermore, ensure your spare tire is fully inflated and has good tread.

Rely On Our Rockford Car Accident Lawyers To Fight For You

Keeping the above items in your vehicle during the winter can help you avoid mishaps on Illinois roads. But if you were already in an accident, our attorneys at Fisk & Monteleone understand what you are going through. You probably have unpaid medical bills and other expenses, lost earnings, and pain and suffering that limits your daily life.

If another party caused the car accident, our Rockford car accident lawyers at Fisk & Monteleone can get started today on fighting for your rights. Contact our office today at (815) 962-0044 for a free consultation. Our personal injury attorneys have half a century of combined legal experience representing car accident victims.