While many people in Portage are currently enjoying the pleasant fall weather, winter is coming sooner than most of us would like. The first snow always seems to bring out the worst in drivers who seemingly forgot how to drive in the snow since last winter. So, it is a good idea to make sure your vehicle is winterized early on as well as refresh your memory on how to drive in the snow.
How to winterize your vehicle
There are several steps you can take to winterize your vehicle. First, test your battery to make sure it will still operate in cold weather. Test your cooling system to ensure your vehicle will not overheat. Put winter tires on your vehicle or, if you have all-season tires, make sure the tread is not too worn down. Make sure your tire pressure is adequate for cooler weather. Make sure your wiper blades are in good working order and replace them if necessary. Make sure your wiper fluid can handle freezing temperatures and keep your gas tank at least 50% full so that your gas lines do not freeze.
Tips for driving in winter weather
Fall is a great time to refresh yourself on driving in winter weather, so you are ready when the first winter storm strikes. If it is snowing, avoid using cruise control. If you start sliding, steer in the direction of the skid. Move slowly when you are accelerating or slowing to a stop. Keep an extra-far distance from vehicles in front of you. Finally, if you must go uphill keep your momentum and acceleration going so you do not slide back down the hill.
Poor winter driving can be negligent driving
All drivers in Indiana are tasked with a duty to drive reasonably under the circumstances. This means preparing for winter weather and driving with caution in winter weather. If this duty is breached, the breach causes a car accident and but for the breach the accident would not have occurred, the driver who caused the crash could be held liable for the damages you suffered. When this happens, you may want to determine whether pursuing a personal injury lawsuit is the right move for you. By preparing early for the inevitable winter weather you can hopefully avoid being involved in a car crash.