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Freezing temperatures have hit many parts of Alabama in recent days, and this winter is expected to be colder than normal. Driving during the winter can be much more dangerous than during other parts of the year, as snow and ice can make roads particularly treacherous.

At Norris Injury Lawyers, our Alabama auto accident attorneys stress the importance of safe driving during the winter. That means reducing your speed, leaving plenty of room between your vehicle and the vehicle in front of you, and turning off cruise control. But sometimes, road conditions can become so dangerous so quickly that drivers have little to no time to react or prepare themselves. That’s why it’s vital to make sure your vehicle is prepared for winter weather.

To reduce your risks on the road this winter, you can prepare your vehicle by taking these steps:

  • Pack emergency supplies. When conditions become treacherous without warning, it’s possible to become stuck or stranded on a street, highway, or interstate. Being stuck in your vehicle during the winter can be dangerous and even life-threatening, as temperatures can drop significantly. Keep your vehicle stocked with water, snacks, blankets, and extra clothing in case of an emergency.
  • Check and replace fluid levels and your battery. Winter weather and freezing temperatures are harsh on your vehicle’s engine and electrical system. Making sure your vehicle is reliable and easily started during the winter is important, and you can accomplish that by checking and replacing low fluid levels, including antifreeze, power steering fluid, and oil. You should also replace your battery with a weather-resistant model if it’s prone to problems during cold weather.

Being as prepared as possible is the best way to avoid winter accidents and incidents on Alabama’s roads. Unfortunately, not all drivers are prepared for freezing temperatures and icy conditions. If you or someone you love were injured in a winter weather crash, we’re here to help. Call today for a free consultation.