As the hot summer days turn into crisp autumn evenings, people in Indiana tend to get excited for the new season and all the changes that come with it. From the colorful trees to the pumpkin patches, Evansville is lovely in the fall, and it is hard to imagine that the perfect weather days will ever end.
However, anyone who has lived in Indiana for over a year knows that the crisp weather will soon turn bitter cold, and bring with it snow, ice, and every other winter worry. This year will be no exception. According the Farmer’s Almanac, this winter we can expect days of “teeth-chattering cold.” What does that mean for Indiana residents? It means we all better dig out our scarves and mittens to prepare for a long, cold winter.
However, there is more to consider in these cold months than just warmth. It is important that your car is just as prepared for the weather as you are. There are a few important steps to take to ensure that your car is prepared for icy roads and cold conditions.
Check Your Engine
Most car engines prefer warmer weather, so it is important to take measures to help them to better tolerate the cold weather. Check your engine coolant and antifreeze levels to make sure you have enough to make it through the winter. Antifreeze prevents your engine from freezing, which could leave you stranded.
Prepare a Kit
While no one wants to get stranded when it is in the negative temperatures outside, it is always important to be prepared in case it does happen. Always prepare a winter kit to keep in your car. This kit should include candles, a lighter, mittens, gloves, blankets, and anything else to keep you as warm as possible while you wait for help. In addition, it is important to include items that will help you call for help if you are stranded in a more rural area. Consider adding a charged cellphone or flare gun.
Check Your Tires
It is always important to check your tires regularly; however, it is extra important during cold weather months. The roads will likely be wet or icy during these months as snow melts and freezes, and it is important that your tires have the best grip possible to navigate the roads. Traction is incredibly important when the roads are less than ideal, and without proper tires, your car is more likely to slide off the road or into another lane which could cause injury to you, your passengers, and fellow drivers. If you are aware that your car may need new tires, be sure to change them before the cold weather conditions come into full force.
Help from an Evansville Car Accident Attorney
If you were injured in an accident because someone neglected to take the proper winter precautions for their car, you could be entitled to compensation. Don’t pay for their neglect. Instead, hire an Evansville car accident attorney to fight on your side. Call Hensley Legal Group today for a free consultation or contact us online.