Some Things to Consider When Preparing for Winter Driving 

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Posted: November 15, 2022

Winter is approaching, and it is a good time for motorists to consider whether their vehicles are stocked with things they might need if they find themselves stranded on the roadside in a snowstorm.  

Emergency Car Kit List  

The National Safety Council recommends that car emergency kits include, among other things 

  • a spare tire, wheel wrench, and tripod jack; 
  • a first-aid kit, including gauze, tape, bandages, antibiotic ointment, aspirin, a blanket, non-latex gloves, scissors, hydrocortisone, thermometer, tweezers, and an instant-cold compress;  
  • jumper cables or a jump pack;  
  • a flashlight with extra batteries;  
  • bottled drinking water and nonperishable snacks such as energy bars, nuts, and dried fruit; 
  • road flares and/or reflective triangles; and 
  • a reflective vest in case you need to walk to get help.  

This list is, of course, just a sampling of items that may prove helpful. Motorists may also consider cold-weather items such as a snowbrush, ice scraper, shovel, windshield washer fluid, duct tape, a change of clothes, warm clothing, and blankets.  

AAA also recommends that motorist tend to fall and winter maintenance needs, providing a list of items for an “Emergency Road Kit” that may include a snow shovel and blankets. AAA also provides a useful checklist that may include winter maintenance needs. This includes inspection of drive belts, engine hoses, tire type and tread, tire pressure, air filters, coolant levels, lights, wiper blades, washer fluid, and brakes, among other things.  

Injured in a Winter Driving Accident? Call William Mattar

No matter the precautions taken to help ensure safe winter driving, it is not possible to ensure safety on the road because other drivers may not follow the rules of the road. If you were injured due to the negligence of another driver in a winter accident, you may be entitled to compensation. If you are looking for help, please do not hesitate to contact an experienced accident attorney at William Mattar, P.C. Call (844) 444-4444. 

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