The weather may be warm today, but it will be winter in Boone County, Illinois before you know it. It is estimated there have been 286,919 winter car accidents since 2006. However, you can often avoid these dangerous incidents by preparing your car for winter to make driving safer.
Below are several critical car prep winter tips to keep you safe when the weather turns cold and snowy. If you have already been in an auto accident, Boone County auto accident lawyers may be able to help you.
Use Snow Tires
All-season tires are convenient and appropriate for many driving situations. However, Boone County residents who live in areas with hills and ample winter snowfall may want to change to snow tires in November or December. Winter tires have superior grip and tracking ability on snowy, wet, and icy roads.
Check Tire Treads
Check their treads for whatever tires you decide to have on your car for winter. If you can see President Lincoln’s head in the tire groove, you need to replace the tires.
Switch Windshield Wipers
Many do not realize it, but using old windshield wipers that smear water, ice, and snow instead of clearing it is dangerous. Also, remember that Rockford and Chicago winters can be rough on your windshield wipers.
Putting on new wipers makes it easier to see in heavy rain and snow, which will keep you and your loved ones safe. That way, you can avoid accidents, car accident claims, and personal injury lawsuits.
Change Antifreeze and Oil
Performing necessary car maintenance can avoid breakdowns during the winter. The last thing you want is to be stuck in a disabled vehicle when it’s 10 degrees and a foot of snow on the ground.
Check Your Brakes
Even if your brakes seem to be fine, checking them before the brutal Chicago-area winter kicks in is wise. Winter will have many days of snow, which can rust the brake components and increase wear. Also, the city government salts the roads and that may cause brake damage.
It is also smart to check your brakes after a winter season of increased wear and tear.
Inflate Your Tires
Some Americans have underinflated tires on their car, truck, or SUV. Low air pressure makes it harder to control the vehicle, especially when the roads are slick. So be sure your tires are correctly inflated to give you maximum control and grip in snowy weather. It’s easy to check your tire pressure by visiting a gas station with a free tire pump.
Injured in a Car Accident? Contact A Boone County Car Accident Lawyer
Car accidents can cause severe injuries that may debilitate you for months or even years. A critical part of a full recovery from an auto accident has the compensation you need to pay for medical bills and other expenses.
Boone County car accident attorneys David Monteleone and John Fisk serve the communities of Rockford, Belvedere, Loves Park, DeKalb, Rochelle, Pecatonica, Rockton, Machesney Park, Poplar Grove, Byron, and Freeport. Our attorneys will review your auto accident case, including your injuries, accident and medical evidence, and liability, to decide if a favorable outcome is possible.
For more information, contact Fisk & Monteleone for a complimentary case review at (815) 962-0044.