As the winter weather approaches and rain, snow, and other dangers become present, individuals need to understand how to stay safe on the road. As a driver, you should ensure you’re doing everything you can to properly maintain your vehicle and keep yourself and others safe from harm.
Here are some vehicle maintenance tips that can help you this upcoming season.
Check Your Brakes
When the weather changes and the grounds are slick, stopping becomes more difficult. If you discover you have worn brakes, it becomes nearly impossible, and crashes are imminent. Make sure your brakes have enough padding to ensure you stop in time to avoid a severe collision in bad weather.
Change Your Windshield Wipers
Your windshield wipers are essential to your visibility in bad weather. Worn wipers can cause streaking rather than clearing rain from your windshield. Make sure you replace worn windshield wipers so you can keep your front window clear and see what’s in front of you. Low visibility is one of the more common causes of crashes in terrible weather.
Check Tire Tread
Take a penny and put it with Lincoln’s head facing down inside your tread. If Lincoln’s head disappears completely, your tread is sufficient. If the tread just covers the top of Lincoln’s head, you may want to consider changing your tires. After all, low tire tread can lead to low traction and slippery roads and cause you to lose control of your vehicle.
Keep an Eye on Tire Pressure
Tire pressure can change with the weather: expanding with the heat and getting lower in the colder weather. If your tire pressure changes significantly, it can cause a flat tire or a potential blowout. These events can cause you to lose control of your vehicle, leading to a significant crash.
If someone fails to maintain their vehicle and causes a crash, they are negligent and can be held accountable for damages. Our car accident attorneys at Dunk Law Firm works hard to protect your rights during a difficult time, and we’re here for you.
Call our firm today to discuss your potential case at (800) 674-9339.