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With winter in full effect, it is important to be prepared when you head out on the road. This includes more than just your vehicle; although that is definitely at the top of the priority list.

Many car accidents and car problems can be avoided with proper planning and maintenance. Here are some tips to help you prepare for winter driving.

Get Your Car Checked

This is a fairly obvious tip, but still the most important one. Your car or truck is what will keep you safe on the road, so making sure all systems are working properly is the first step to safe winter driving.

You should have your tires and brakes checked to make sure you will be able to safely stop on icy roads. Worn tires and brakes are the cause of countless car accidents every winter and getting them checked can make sure you are not involved in a preventable accident this winter.

Have A Car Phone Charger

While a phone can be a distraction while driving, it can also be an important tool if you have car problems or are involved in an accident. If you find yourself stranded on the side of the road, a fully charged phone will ensure you are able to call a tow truck or friend for help. If you are involved in an accident, a fully charged phone will allow you to call the police or a car accident attorney.

Prepare For Different Weather Conditions

The winter can be a difficult season to predict the weather. The difference of a few degrees can cause snow versus freezing rain, which can require very different tools. You should always have a snow brush and scraper in your car and when possible, a snow shovel. These tools can help you prepare for the different weather conditions that winter can throw at you in the blink of an eye.

Winter driving can cause a host of problems, but being prepared can lower your risk of being in an accident and can make you a more confident driver. Being prepared won’t guarantee you won’t get in a car accident, unfortunately. If you are in a car accident this winter, call our Morgantown car accident attorneys at Hayhurst Law.