Driving in cold weather presents challenges. While we do not get the snow hazard like some other states, cold weather can still negatively affect your car’s performance and put your safety in danger.
Read our Montgomery, AL, winter driving tips and keep you and your vehicle safe this winter.
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Before You Go
Preparing for your drive is one of the most important components of keeping you and your passengers safe. Wake up early and take several steps:
- Remove any frost
- Start your car to let it run for a few minutes
By waking up early, you give yourself enough time to take action and prepare your car for a drive. You also give yourself the opportunity to leave earlier than normal, giving you the peace of mind that you will arrive on time with no need to rush. Rushing can often lead to aggressive driving which causes accidents, especially on slick roads.
In Your Car
Keeping certain items in your car can help you if you ever get into an accident. Make sure you have a spare tire filled with air, blankets, gloves, and a brush to wipe away frost.
You may also want to invest in a portable battery jumper. Cold weather can drain your car battery. If the battery charge gets too low, you could find yourself stranded. Having a portable jumper could help you get back on the road.
Under the Hood
You should routinely check your car to ensure it is running in good shape. During cold weather, these winter safety tips can help keep you safe on the road:
- Check battery charge
- Check oil level
- Check tire pressure
- Keep gas tank full
It is a good practice during winter weather to keep your gas tank topped off. Letting your gas fall too far below a half tank in cold temperatures could cause damage to your vehicle. If this happens, you could be stranded in the cold. You never know what you might encounter, and you want to make sure you have enough gas to get you to where you need to go. Additionally, your oil and tires can be affected by fluctuating temperatures. Remember to check your tire pressure before each drive, and ask your local auto shop attendee about oil compatible with your vehicle that is optimal for cold weather.
On the Road
When driving at any time during the year, it is important that you remain focused on the road. Not everyone on the road will drive as safely as they should. By staying focused, you can give yourself the best chance of avoiding an accident with a negligent or reckless driver.
Also monitor your gauges. Modern cars today have gauges and measurements for everything. Keep an eye on your tire pressure and engine temperature. If the tire pressure gets too low, that could indicate a leak. If the engine temperature gets too high, your car may be in danger of overheating. Of course, keep a close watch on your gas level, too. You do not want to get stranded in cold weather after running out of gas.
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Despite all of your preparation and your defensive driving, you may still find yourself in the unfortunate position of getting into a car accident. When this happens, your focus should be on your physical health and well being. You should also speak with an experienced
Montgomery car accident attorney.
You may suffer from injuries caused by a reckless driver. Even minor injuries can result in extreme medical expenses. The Thumbs Up Guys, trusted and respected Montgomery car accident lawyers, can help you hold the reckless driver accountable for your medical bills and other financial losses.
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