The first thing is to make sure you have stowed a shovel in your vehicle in case you get stuck. In addition, extra floor mats can be helpful to provide traction for the tires. In addition to helping to get you out of the cold in a timely manner this is also beneficial since it could help you move off the road so that another vehicle won’t hit you. In case a situation arises where you are stuck in a remote area and can’t get out, an emergency kit with a blanket, charger, extra layers of clothing, a flash light and water and food is good to have. In addition, jumper cables and a tow rope could come in handy.

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Before heading out check to make sure your battery has enough juice. If it appears that it is not providing enough power, be sure to get a new one. Likewise, making sure your tires are in good condition, or in the alternative switching to winter tires, could help prevent slipping possibly preventing an accident from occurring. In some cases a membership in a roadside assistance program can also be of assistance.

While these tips can be useful there are others that are worth knowing should a car accident occur. Namely, individuals should be aware that under some circumstances it may make sense to file a personal injury lawsuit.

Source: Lifehacker, “Five Things You Need to Do to Prep Your Car for Winter,” Tori Reid, Dec. 18, 2014

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