Tips for Inspecting your Vehicle for Winter Driving

by Jeffrey J. Kroll

With a blizzard soon approaching and the Chicagoland area being prone to cold and snowy winter weather, it sometimes can make it difficult to drive safely. Before you head out on any drive this winter, take time to inspect your vehicle. Make sure all features and systems are functioning properly.  For example:

  • Test the battery. Cold temperatures can impact battery power.
  • Check fluid levels: wiper fluid, oil and antifreeze.
  • Test all of your lights, including, but not limited to headlights; brake lights; turn signals; and interior lights.
  • Replace wiper blades, if needed.
  • Cold temperatures cause tire pressure to drop. Therefore, confirm your tires are properly inflated.
  • Confirm that the heater and windshield defrosters work.
  • It is a good idea to keep your gas tank at least half full. This helps to avoid a frozen gas line and ensures you have enough fuel to keep you warm should your vehicle become stuck or disabled.

This winter inspection can help keep you safe, whether it is a work-related trip or regular travel. Sometimes, preparing your car for travel is just as important as driving safely once you hit the road.  The car accident attorneys at Kaveny + Kroll wish you and your families a healthy and safe holiday season.