Even though we are in the deep south, we are not immune to bad weather during the winter months. KLFY-TV recently published an article providing advice from a mechanic in Lafayette about properly maintaining your vehicle during Louisiana winters, including tips for driving safely in winter weather conditions.
Tips for Driving Safely in Winter Weather Conditions
According to the mechanic interviewed for the KLFY-TV story, there are three main steps drivers need to take to drive safely in winter weather and each involves preparing their vehicle to properly handle the cold weather:
- Check Tires – This involves making sure your car or truck’s tires are properly inflated.
- Check Battery – As the temperature drops, so does a car battery’s capacity. The mechanic says that when temperatures dip into the mid-20s, car batteries can lose as much as 50 percent of their capacity. Therefore, it’s important to have your batter checked going into the winter months, so that you do not end up stranded due to a dead battery.
- Check Fluids – Make sure that your anti-freeze stays fresh and full. In addition, you should make sure that you have window washer fluid that can handle winter weather and help remove ice from your windshield if necessary.
If possible, it is best to avoid driving in bad weather, such as snowy and icy conditions. If you do have to venture out into this type of weather, drive with extreme caution. For victims of car accidents that occur in winter weather, even if you are not sure that negligence led to the crash, speak to a personal injury attorney about your situation before you make any decisions. If a driver was driving too fast for the conditions or did not have his or her vehicle properly prepared to travel in winter weather, you may be able to hold him or her accountable for negligence.
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