Chicago winters are hard on both drivers and vehicles. The key to keeping your car in top condition this winter is preparing now.
Harsh weather conditions such as ice and snow present major problem for those who have to commute daily to work or have to drive frequently to carry out routine tasks such as buying groceries, shuttling kids to school, and running other errands. With winter upon us, it is important that you carry out basic maintenance of your vehicle and get it ready to face the elements. Poorly maintained vehicle can become a cause of a Chicago car accident, causing injuries to you and to other drivers on the road.
Early maintenance will help keep your car in top condition even if the temperatures drop, or it starts to rain or snow. Having come across a number of car accident cases caused by ill-maintained vehicles and poor weather, we would like to share some winterizing tips to help you remain safe on Chicago roads.
Preparing Your Vehicle for Winter
Use the right kind of oil for the winter: Low temperatures can affect the oil viscosity and due to this, your car may not function properly. So, it is important to make sure that you use the right kind of oil.
Check your windshield wipers: If you think your windshield wipers are not working properly, you should replace them immediately. Also, do not forget to check the wiper fluid. In winter, visibility can reduce drastically so it is important that your windshield is working perfectly.
Have the battery, hoses and belts checked: Replace the battery if it is old, and make sure all the three components are working well.
Make sure your car is easily visible in poor weather: Check your brake lights and headlights and see if they are in good working condition. Keep the snow off your brake lights and headlights so that your car is easily visible.
Check the tread on your tires: Ensure that there is plenty of tread. If required, keep chains in the car.
Always carry a car safety kit: Keep a safety kit handy in your car at all times. Put a flash light, a phone charger and battery, water bottles, extra winter clothing, medical kit, snacks, a sleeping bag and other supplies in your safety kit. This can keep your and your family safe if you get stuck in bad weather. These items can also be helpful in case of an accident.
Chicago Car Accidents Caused by Negligent Drivers
No matter how hard you try to be safe during winter, there will unfortunately be drivers who do not take the same safety measures. If such a driver causes an accident, poor maintenance may be used as an evidence to prove liability. If you have been injured in such an accident, speak with an experienced Chicago accident injury attorney at Willens Law Offices. Call (312) 957-4166 today for a free consultation.