Winter Safety Inspection of Your Car

Even here in South Carolina’s relatively mild climate, winter weather can cause safety hazards and other problems for our cars. As winter arrives, there are steps you should take to ensure that your car is ready for cold weather, as well as for ice and snow.

Following the safety inspection tips below may make your car safer this winter, but unfortunately can’t help you with the carelessness and recklessness of other drivers. Please do everything you can to be safe on the road, but if you are involved in an accident that was not your fault, call Joye Law Firm.

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6 Keys to Making Your Car Ready for Winter

You may be able to do many of the items in a winter safety inspection of your car yourself, but some tasks should be performed by a certified automotive technician. Either way, get your car ready for winter by checking the:

  1. Battery and charging system – The colder the weather, the harder it is to start a car. When the temperature is below freezing, a battery generates only 60 percent of its usual charge. Cold weather also reduces the driving range of electric and hybrid vehicles. You may need a technician to check your battery for sufficient voltage and to inspect the charging system and belts.
  2. Tires – All-season tires with adequate tread work well in light-to-moderate snow conditions, but snow tires provide the best winter-weather traction. Replace any tire that has less than 1/16-inch of tread. Keep an eye on tire pressure. As the temperature drops, so will the pressure in your tires – typically by one PSI for every 10 degrees Fahrenheit. Make sure each tire is filled to the vehicle manufacturer’s recommended inflation.
  3. Lights – It gets dark earlier in winter. Make sure all headlights, taillights, brake lights, turn signals, emergency flashers and back-up lights work. Replace any burnt-out bulbs.
  4. Wiper blades – Windshield wipers should completely clear the glass with each swipe. Replace any blade that leaves streaks or misses spots. Don’t forget the wiper on your rear window if your vehicle has one.
  5. Washer fluid – Change windshield washer fluid to a winter cleaning solution that has antifreeze components that prevent it from freezing.
  6. Automotive systems – Late fall is a good time for a full inspection of your car. No one wants to get stuck in the cold. Consider a full tune-up and check the entire vehicle for leaks, badly worn hoses or other parts that need repair or replacement. Check all fluids, including antifreeze and transmission, brake and power-steering fluids to ensure they are at or above the minimum safe levels. Make sure the heater and defroster work properly.

Just Call Joye Law Firm

If you are injured in a car accident that was not your fault this winter, Joye Law Firm wants to help you obtain compensation for your losses.

Call Joye Law Firm for a free consultation about your legal options after a South Carolina car accident. Call us now or use this online contact form.

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