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Snow Safety: 3 Tips on Winterizing Your Vehicle to Prevent Potential Accidents

In Car Accident Lawyers in Spokane Valley WA by Jeremy Friedland

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Winter weather is no longer right around the corner, it’s here! That means snow and ice on the roads and drivers who aren’t prepared for winter driving conditions. 

Winterizing your vehicle helps prevent accidents.

Here are 3 snow safety tips to help ensure your car is ready for winter driving. It’s a good idea to read this post before you head out on a snowy day.

Before Your Tires Hit the Road

Take these simple steps to ensure you’re road ready when it comes to your wheels.

Check the tread on your tires. Did you know the state of Washington has laws about tire tread? If a state patrol officer checks and finds a tread depth of less than 2/32 of an inch, they will deem your tire(s) unsafe for driving. 

Next, air up your tires. Cold temperatures cause the air pressure in tires to drop. Properly inflated tires result in better stability and responsiveness on snowy and icy roads.

Consider switching from all-season to winter tires. Rubber compounds and unique tread designs mean tires get a better grip on snow and ice.

Snow Safety and Your Brakes

While cold weather doesn’t directly impact brake performance, driving in snow and ice does affect brake performance.

You already know snow and ice on the roads make driving a challenge. More than your nerves work overtime during winter driving conditions. 

If your vehicle slides, the brakes work harder, which causes more heat and friction than usual. You may end up with worn-out brake pads sooner than you expect.

Before winter driving season begins, have the brakes and rotors inspected by a mechanic. It’s not a bad idea to also have them checked at least once during winter.

Don’t block out brake noise! If you hear squealing or grinding, you may already have worn pads. Time to see your mechanic!

Check the View from the Windshield

While you have no control over how much snow falls on your car, you can control how much remains on your windshield. Keep an ice scraper and snow brush in your vehicle and make sure you have a completely clear windshield before heading out on the road.

While you won’t get fined for not clearing ice and snow from the windshield (at least not in the state of Washington), you will obstruct your view of the road. Common sense, right?

Help improve your vision before winter weather arrives. Check your wiper blades and replace them if necessary. Also, top off your washer fluid and consider switching to a fluid that contains antifreeze.

Involved in a Winter Driving Accident?

If you’ve checked your tires, inspected your brakes, and found your ice scraper, you’re ready for winter driving. Unfortunately, even drivers who pay attention to snow safety have accidents.

If you’ve had an accident, you may need legal representation. Contact us today to speak with an attorney.