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Winter Vehicle Prep Checklist

At The Advocates we can help if you have been injured in a car accident, but we would all feel better if everyone stayed safe this winter. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, one the best things you can do to avoid an accident before you even back out of your driveway is to make sure you have good winter vehicle prep.

Include Car Systems in Your Winter Car Prep

To avoid a crash, ensure all your vehicle’s systems are in order. The NHTSA recommends checking every system in your vehicle including the following.

Keep Your Car Stocked

Check the Weather and Know Your Route

Before you leave on any trip, know what to expect. Is there a blizzard in the forecast or is it rain? Will there be heavy winds? Knowing as much as you can about the possible conditions on the road ahead can ensure you are prepared for any potential situation.

It is also a good idea to know your route in advance, and carry a paper map. You may not be able to rely on GPS and cell-phone navigation during a storm. You do not want to get lost without a plan.

It is also advisable to tell your family, co-workers, or roommates where you are going and when you plan to be back. If you slide off the road and no one can find you, it would be helpful to have someone send assistance after you do not arrive at your destination as planned.