As we transition to winter here in the Colorado Rockies, the roads will continue to become more dangerous for inexperienced drivers. Every year, thousands of individuals get in avoidable wrecks on our roadways, but the good news is that a bit of preparation can do wonders for your safety and the safety of others this winter. Let’s explore a few ways you can get your car (and yourself) prepared for the colder months.
1. Do some basic winterizing
If you’re not used to living in an alpine climate, you should know that weather can be a very real threat to your car’s internal systems. Having your car serviced by a professional can help you even the odds, ensuring that it is fit for whatever is to come with winter. Here are a few things to do:
* Check all fluids and ensure that they are filled properly.
* Have a mechanic do a once-over on your engine to ensure that it is working as intended.
* Check the battery, and clear away any corrosion with a paste of water and baking soda.
* Make sure you use winter oil. All-season oil will work as well.
* Ensure that your tires are properly inflated, and if you can, attaching snow tires can make a world of difference.
* Switch to winter wiper blades if you are concerned about visibility.
2. Do a bit of planning before you drive
Our weather here in the Rockies can famously change from calm and peaceful to a full-on winter storm in a matter of moments. Check the weather before any long trip, but even if the forecast shows clear skies, prepare for the worst. Know your route, and be mindful of any roads that may become closed in inclement weather.
As your trusted Colorado Springs auto crash attorney, we do everything in our power to keep you safe, but if you end up in an accident, reach out to us immediately. We can help you sort through all of your options for how to proceed. If you’re in need of a Colorado car crash lawyer, give us a call.
3. Make a survival kit for emergencies
Always keep a bit of water and nonperishable food, as well as any other emergency essentials you may need, at the ready. Again, you never know what may happen out there, so it’s always best to have it and not need it than vice versa. Here are a few items we recommend keeping in your vehicle at all times:
* Basic first-aid kit
* Dried foods, protein bars, etc.
* Jumper cables
* Hand warmers
* Towing ropes
* Cloth and blankets
* Cell phone & charger
* Snow scraper
* Fire starters
* Extra clothing
As the number one Colorado Springs car accident law office, Rector Law is here to serve you. If you or someone you love has recently been involved in an accident, reach out to our Colorado law firm today. There may be options available to you that you are unaware of. From all of us here at Rector Law, have a safe and happy winter.