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Drive safely on wintry roads throughout New Jersey

On Behalf of | Nov 25, 2019 | Car Accidents

You have to ensure that you are ready for driving in the wintry precipitation when it comes. Preparing for this starts before the roads get bad, so make sure that you take the time to go over this checklist and ensure that you and your vehicle are ready.

Remember, as wintry precipitation begins to fall, some drivers might mistake the way it will impact the road. They might not remember they need more time to stop and that some cars will take a longer time to start. This means you always need to give other vehicles extra space when the roads aren’t clear.

Check the tires

Your vehicle’s tires need a certain tread depth to ensure that they can grip the road as much as possible. When the tread is bare, the tires should be replaced before you drive the vehicle on the wintry roads. You need a minimum of 2/32 inches of depth, but it is a good idea to change them when you reach 4/32 inches of tread depth. You can check this easily by sliding a quarter in the tread. Washington’s head should be toward the tire. If the tire touches the top of his head, there is around 4/32 inches of tread left.

Clean the vehicle

Some people go all winter without cleaning their vehicle, but this can prove unsafe. When you clean your car, the external lights and all the glass is cleaned, which can help you to stay safe. Other cars can see you because of the lights, and you can see them if the glass is clear. Also, remember that you might need to wear sunglasses to abate the glare that comes from the sun hitting the snow and ice.

Drive safely

Make sure you buckle your seat belt when you get into your car. Always follow the rules of the road so you can remain as safe as possible. Remember, other drivers might operate their vehicles unsafely. Try to stay away from drivers who seem to be reckless.

Even if your car is prepared for the season, you should still ensure that you are only heading out when it is safe to do so. When the roads are really bad, it is typically better to only leave the house if you have to. Remaining in the house ensures that you can stay out of harm’s way. If you do head out and are involved in a crash, contact the police and get medical care. Seek compensation if you have monetary damages you’d like to recover.