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Wicked Winter Weather -- Accident Risks Even in Southern California

December 31, 1969

It's like a Winter Wonderland out there in many parts of California. Unfortunately, while this weather maybe be beautiful to look at, it's a dangerous chore to drive through. For this reason, officials with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) are offering up some safety tips to help to make sure you're safe while driving through the winter's inclement weather.
Our Costa Mesa car accident lawyers understand Southern California is not likely to see much of it -- but a recent cold front did have some concerned about the possibility of ice and even snow.

Late nights and early mornings are likely to be most dangerous -- remember ice may first form on bridges and overpasses. And we might be at increased risks precisely because we are not ready for it. And, in any event, getting your car serviced annually is important to your overall road safety.

You want to make sure you're doing routine checks on your vehicle, checking the fluids, the battery and the tires. Consider the following tips to help to get you and your passengers on the road to safe travels.

Ensuring Safe Driving through the Winter Season:

-Make sure the fluids under your hood are full. You also want to make sure that they're designed to make it through winter temps. Usually 50/50 blends will work for coolant, but check your vehicle manufacturer's book for more detailed info.

-Remember that it's going to take more to start your car in colder temps. It's also going to take more battery power. Check your battery and its connections.

-Check your windshield wipers. You're going to want ones in good-working order for the expected snowfall.

-Make sure your vehicle's defroster is working properly.

-Take a peek at your tires. You want to make sure that they're not too worn and there's enough tread on them to help you to drive through the snow and ice. When checking your tire pressure, your best bet is to test them when they're "cold" or when they haven't been driven in at least 3 hours.

-Before getting into your vehicle and gearing it up, make sure that all of your windows and mirrors are clear of ice. Clear off your hood too to maximize your visibility.

-Make sure you adjust your driving habits to accommodate the weather conditions. If the roads are snowy or icy, slow it down! Slowing down will help you to keep better control of your vehicle and will help you to react to potential dangers along the roadway.

Many accidents are caused each year because of drivers' disregard for the winter weather. Be safe out there and take all of the necessary safety precautions to help to avoid an accident.

If you or a loved one has been injured in a traffic accident, contact HOWARD LAW P.C. for a free and confidential consultation to discuss your rights. Call (800) 872-5925.

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