Prepare now for winter driving challenges

Drivers in Connecticut understand the suddenness of season changes. One morning, you might admire the colorful leaves on the trees and the next you’re fighting through sluggish traffic during a snowstorm. Since we are fully into the autumn and winter’s right around the corner, it might be time to consider preparing your vehicle for the challenges ahead.

Mechanical preparations

Drivers should take the time to ensure their vehicles are ready for the frigid weather and slippery road surfaces. These preparations can include numerous steps, including:

  • Change out wiper blades
  • Top off all fluids
  • Change to a below-freezing wiper fluid
  • Ensure tires are safe for winter or all-weather conditions
  • Change tires if necessary
  • Check the battery charge and replace if necessary
  • Oil change and any other necessary vehicle service

Verifying the safety of the vehicle before the difficult weather starts is better than facing mechanical problems in a snowstorm. Additionally, drivers must regularly check tire pressure during the winter to ensure proper road traction.

Supply preparations

Experts encourage drivers to keep certain supplies in their vehicles in case a collision or single-vehicle accident occurs. These supplies can include:

  • Extra coat and change of clothes
  • Blanket
  • Flashlights and road flares
  • Food and drink, remembering to stock non-perishable food items and removing the water from the car overnight during below-freezing weather
  • Small shovel
  • Sand or cat litter to improve traction on a slippery surface

Whether it is heavy rain, sleet or snow, city streets and highways can quickly become dangerous commutes. Drivers must avoid distractions, slow down and increase their follow-distance to avoid devastating collisions. Unfortunately, some drivers continue to move quickly through traffic regardless of the weather conditions. If you were injured in an accident caused by a negligent driver, it is wise to learn more about your options for monetary recovery.