The winter driving season is getting intense and officials with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) are encouraging drivers to keep safety as a top priority.
With the risks associated with the inclement weather we can expect throughout the winter season, officials say you should take your vehicle in for a routine checkup if you haven’t already done so.
Our Charlotte car accident attorneys understand that in addition to making sure our vehicles are in good-working order, we need to make sure that our driving skills are on point. In the winter snow and ice, we need to be on our best behavior behind the wheel to help to reduce the risks of accidents. As a matter of fact, the NHTSA reports that there were close to 33,000 people killed in traffic accidents across the country in 2010. Another 2.4 million people were injured in some 4 million reported accidents. That means that an average of 90 people were killed in traffic accidents each and every day throughout the year. We can help to prevent these kinds of accidents in the future by making just a few simple changes — by checking up on our vehicles, by slowing down and by allow ourselves plenty of time to reach our destination.
NHTSA safety recommendations include the following:
-Make sure you’re checking out your vehicle periodically. Make sure that you have the fluids checked for leaks and the tires checked for pressure, in addition to any other kinds of replacements, repairs or new parts needed.
-Have your starting system battery checked for sufficient voltage. When the temps start to dip, the power in your battery can drop. It can take more to start up your car and require more work on your battery. Make sure that all of the connections on your battery are secure. You can even clean them with water and baking soda to make sure the connection is strong.
-Peek at the coolant in your vehicle. Make sure that your coolant is designed for winter temps.
-Make sure that your defroster and your windshield wipers are working properly. Make sure that there is “no-freeze” fluid in your reservoir.
-Make sure that your tires are good enough for winter driving. Make sure that the tread on the tires is sufficient for driving.
-It’s a good idea to have an emergency kit in your vehicle. Keep a first-aid kit, nonperishable food items, water, blankets and other items you might need if you get stranded roadside.
-If you do get stuck on the side of the road, don’t keep the car running for long periods of time. This can increase your risks for carbon monoxide poisoning. Run the car sporadically and only long enough to stay warm.
The car accident attorneys at the Lee Law Offices, P.A. are here to offer assistance to those who have been injured. Call 1-800-887-1965 for a free and confidential consultation today.
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