As the saying goes, there’s only two seasons in Chicago: construction and winter. We’re about to head into winter, so now’s the right time to make sure your vehicle is ready for the challenges winter brings. We at Kryder Law know that winter driving can often result in car accidents and our auto accident lawyers want to make sure your travels are safe this season.
There are three key ways to prevent auto accidents during a Chicago winter: preparation, inspection, and attention.
Nothing makes dealing with winter conditions more hazardous than not being ready for them. This fall, make sure to store blankets, water, windshield wiper fluid, jumper cables, and a bag of salt in your vehicle. Check that your spare tire isn’t flat. Before beginning a long drive, always pack extra food and have a flashlight on hand in case you need to pull over for an extended period of time. Finally, make sure you keep your gas tank at least half full during the winter months.
It can be tempting to take your vehicle’s condition for granted, but now is the right time to make sure your car, truck, or motorcycle is ready for winter driving. Schedule a time to see a trusted mechanic to inspect your brakes, tires, and fluid levels. Make it part of your routine to check your tires and fluids regularly. Now’s also a great time to invest in new wiper blades before a winter storm puts them to the test.
In winter it is especially important to drive cautiously to avoid accidents. Check your grip on the steering wheel regularly, making sure you’ve got two hands on the wheel to respond to ice, wind, and potholes. Remember that it’s better to break, accelerate, and steer lightly to prevent slips and spinning tires. Also, keep an eye out for black ice. One of the key signs of black ice is a lack of spray from your tires. And, of course, avoid distractions while driving–stow your phone somewhere so it’s out of mind and out of sight.
Even the most responsible drivers sometimes experience accidents. Kryder Law’s car accident lawyers are ready to help you if you or a loved one gets hurt in an automobile accident this winter. Call our office today to find out about your rights after a car accident (312) 223-1700.
Stay safe out there and it’ll be spring–we mean “construction season”–before you know it!