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Preparing for the challenges of winter driving

Drivers in California will want to be prepared for the storms and the snowy, icy or wet roads that they encounter during winter. This means ensuring that their vehicles are ready and equipped. The first thing that drivers should do is have a mechanic check the components, such as the battery, brakes and ignition; ensure the right tire pressure; and ensure the right antifreeze levels.

Inside their vehicles, drivers should have fresh antifreeze, a tank of gas and an emergency kit containing things like jumper cables, ice scrapers, tire chains, a first-aid kit and flares or reflective triangles. When stranded in snow, drivers are advised never to push their vehicle out. They should never leave their car but should light flares in front of it and behind it.

Safety features like anti-lock braking and traction control can come in handy in winter weather, the former pumping the brakes in a skid and the latter giving a car traction as it accelerates from a stopped position on icy or wet surfaces. However, drivers may not know the function of newer safety features. The National Safety Council is correcting this through the My Car Does What? campaign.

Drivers should plan their routes beforehand, never going out in storms unless absolutely necessary. On the road, keep an 8-to-10-second distance from other vehicles and accelerate and decelerate slowly.

Winter conditions raise the risk for car crashes, so drivers must be more vigilant than ever. When distracted, drowsy or impaired driving, among other forms of negligence, contributes to an accident, those who are injured through no fault of their own can file a claim. The defendant's auto insurance company will be aggressive in denying payment, though, so victims may want a lawyer by their side. Personal injury lawyers may have networks of investigators to assist in building up the case.

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