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4 Tips for Safe Driving This Winter to Avoid a Car Accident in Greater Vancouver, British Columbia

Winter is a wonderful time of year–except when it comes to driving. Wet weather and cold temperatures create icy roads and dangerous driving conditions. Driving is likely the most dangerous thing you do during the winter. Read the following tips on how to keep you and your family safe this year as the rain and cold weather comes.

Ready Your Ride

Before winter hits, have your car serviced to ensure it is in great condition. Here are all the things you should have checked to make sure your car is ready to weather the storms.

  • Fuel and ignition systems
  • Fluid levels and antifreeze
  • Brakes
  • Tire tread and pressure
  • Defroster and heat
  • Windshield, wiper blades, and washing fluid
  • Headlights, taillights, and brake lights
  • Exhaust system

In addition, you should rotate your tires or change them to snow tires. You should also invest in an oil change with the proper grade of oil and replace old car batteries. Pack a safety kit and stock your trunk with necessities in the event of an emergency. In your kit you should have a few bottles of water, jumper cables, blankets, a flashlight, and first aid supplies.

There are emergency car kits available for purchase that come complete with all of the things you might need when stranded on the road. These kits usually include everything listed above, as well as tools for changing a tire, road flares, and gas-syphoning devices.

Before You Go

Get into the habit of checking the weather forecast before you go to bed at night. This way, you can plan enough time for your commute the following day. Although car accidents do increase during the winter, they are usually the result of someone driving too fast. If you give yourself enough time to drive to your destination, this will lower the urge you feel to speed or rush.

Keep It Clean and Full of Gas

Another good habit to form is always filling up your tank with gas before going below half-tank. This will help limit those stressed or rushed feelings when stuck in traffic. It is especially important during the winter, because you will want your car to have enough gas in case you end up driving in a major storm.

Drive Safely

Follow the rules of the road. Here are some important safety rules to obey during winter:

  • Never drive under the influence
  • Allow enough distance between you and the car in front of you
  • Don't needlessly change lanes
  • If you are driving slower than others, move over and allow faster traffic to pass you
  • Tap your brakes–don't slam them
  • Clear your windshield, windows, mirrors, and lights of snow before driving
  • Avoid slowing down before approaching a hill–your momentum will help you avoid getting stuck or sliding
  • Drive slowly

Practice these good driving habits and stay safe driving the winter season. In the unfortunate event that you get into a car accident in Vancouver, British Columbia, contact the personal injury lawyers at Kenneth Cristall Law Corporation right away. Call 604-654-2250.

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