Winters in Ohio can be brutal – there is no doubt about it. One way to help combat the unrelenting effects of Old Man Winter, however, is to ensure proper vehicle safety all season long, as you never know when the next major blizzard will strike. Too often, drivers let these details go until it is too late and they find themselves stuck in a drift – or worse. To avoid this situation, consider the following three ways to winterize your car ahead of time.
1) Check tire safety: Ensuring your tire’s safety is of utmost importance. Poor tread and tire baldness is the perfect recipe for hydroplaning or skidding on ice – which can lead to an accident and injuries. Many Ohioans opt to install official “winter” tires, which offer more protection against the onslaught of snow and ice to which we are destined each year.
2) Mind your visibility: It goes without saying that a windshield must be clear of obstructions. However, there is more to ensuring visibility than meets the eye.
Consider stocking your vehicle with necessary tools, such as a snow scraper, to help remove stubborn snow and ice from not only the front window, but all the way around. Keep in mind that heavy, wet snow and ice may be too much for windshield wipers to handle, which could cause breakage or malfunction – so be sure to clear your windows by hand.
Also, consider switching to a windshield washer fluid that also contains an anti-freeze agent, as this will not only prevent the fluid from freezing in the reservoir, but will help de-ice the windshield on frigid winter mornings.
3) Check the battery: There is nothing worse than being stranded during a winter storm. That is, except being stranded without power and heat. Before heading out this winter, ensure your vehicle’s battery is in top working order or unnecessary disaster could strike.
In cold winter months, a vehicle battery may only be working at about half-power – not to mention it has to deal with the somewhat congealed nature of the battery fluid, making it even more difficult to keep the vehicle running. For these reasons, always check battery fluid levels and – if levels are low – add some distilled water to prevent malfunction.
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Winterizing your vehicle can mean getting you from Point A to Point B safely; however, accidents happen. If you recently suffered injuries in a car accident caused by someone else’s negligence, contact Gallon, Takacs, Boissoneault & Schaffer Co., L.P.A. today at 419-843-6663.