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Preparing your car for winter weather

Getting into a car accident in the winter can be devastating. It’s important to know how to drive safely. You need to slow down, create longer following distances, and understand how to react when the car slides on the ice and snow.l

However, you can’t always prevent accidents. Someone else may drive recklessly and cause a crash. As such, it’s also important to know how to prepare your car and your passengers for this eventuality.

One thing to do is to make sure you have plenty of gas in the car. Even a minor accident can be dangerous if you can’t keep the car running to stay warm. Someone may run you off the road, and you don’t want to be exposed to negative temperatures while you wait for the emergency crews.

Likewise, you want to keep cold-weather equipment with you. Never drive without a coat, a hat and gloves. You may not need them with the heat running, but consider how fast you’ll get cold if your damaged car no longer runs. You may also want to stash away blankets, food, water, a flashlight, an extra sweater and any medication you must have.

It’s also wise to make sure your phone is fully charged. You do not want to use it while you drive, of course, but you want to know that you’ll have an option to call 911 in the event of a crash.

These tips can help you stay safe this year. If you do get injured in an accident, you may be able to seek financial compensation for your costs.

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