Winter in Nashville, TN doesn’t necessarily mean a lot of snow and ice, but it can mean changing driving conditions. Great weather early in the day doesn’t necessarily mean that you’re going to have equally good weather for the rest of your day, either.
Are you prepared for what it will look like to drive in winter weather in Nashville, including preparing your car, making sure that you have the supplies you need if you do have a car accident, and keeping your drive as safe as possible?
The Wolf Pack is here to protect you through this year’s winter through fierce representation. If you find yourself in a winter-weather accident caused by someone else, Attorney Phil Georges will help you seek the maximum compensation possible for your losses so you can get back to what’s important to you.
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Before You Go
Whether you’re headed out on a short drive to work or preparing for a longer drive, make sure you follow the right steps. You should:
Wake up a little earlier. Give yourself time to get ready and time to reach your destination. Keep in mind that it may still be dark as you head out on your drive, especially if you need to start early in the day.
Clear all frost off your vehicle. You may be able to start your engine and wait for your windows to defrost naturally or, on particularly cold days, scrape your windows clear. A credit card or your driver’s license will work in a pinch, but be careful not to damage it! Clearing the frost off completely will ensure that you have full visibility, rather than having your view of the road cut off by frost.
Start your car early. Let your car run for a few minutes before you jump behind the wheel.
Give it time to warm up to make your drive more comfortable and to help clear away frost and prevent fogging.
In Your Car
During the winter months, make sure your car is properly stocked, just in case you have an accident or mechanical trouble. You may need:
A blanket to help you keep warm.
Gloves to keep your hands warm if you need to get out of the car for any reason.
An emergency kit including jumper cables, flashers, and a flashlight. If you end up having an accident, a flat, or mechanical problems, you need to be able to notify other drivers and keep yourself safe.
An ice scraper. You never know when frost will take over your windshield, especially after dark.
A first aid kit. Injuries can happen anywhere, at any time. A basic first aid kit can help you deal with them quickly.
Under the Hood
Not only should you prepare the contents of your car for the winter months, you should take care of some basic maintenance to make sure that your vehicle stays safe out there on the road. You should:
Check to make sure your battery is fully charged. Take it into the shop at the beginning of the season and have the battery checked. Cold weather can cause your battery to drain faster, leaving you stranded when you least expect it.
Keep a full tank of gas. Keeping the tank full is better for your fuel pump and reduces the risk of freezing. It also ensures that you have safe transportation when you need it, rather than having to stop to fill up.
Check your oil regularly. Cold temperatures can affect the oil in your car. Your local auto shop can suggest an oil made for winter conditions!
Keep your fluids topped up. If you’ve used water as a coolant during the summer months, make sure you refill with antifreeze before winter arrives.
On the Road
Headed out on the road? Prepare yourself for winter with these important road safety tips to help minimize your risk of a car accident.
Leave the air off while the engine is heating up. Until the engine gets hot, your car won’t blow hot air, and keeping the air off will conserve gas.
Check your tire pressure and tread. When cold weather hits, your tire pressure can decrease. This does a number on your gas mileage and can lead to a blowout. If your treads are wearing down, it can increase your risk of sliding on icy or rainy streets.
Don’t use your windshield wipers to remove frost. This can wear them down faster or lead to damage that can prevent your wipers from clearing rain from your windshield properly.
The Wolf Pack is Here to Help
Did you suffer a car accident due to another driver driving dangerously in winter weather? We can help. Attorney Phil Georges is known as the Pack Leader because he protects his clients like they are members of his Wolf Pack. He is fierce and determined to help you get every penny you’re entitled to. Contact Phillip S. Georges, PLLC today to learn more about the compensation you deserve following a winter car accident.