As an Albuquerque personal injury law firm, we’ve seen the devastating effects that car accidents can have on injured victims and their loved ones. While it’s exciting (for some of us) to see snow hit our beautiful high-desert landscape, inclement weather can definitely lead to an increase in accidents. As we dive deeper into winter, we’d like to share a few maintenance tips to keep your car functioning as it should. Let’s prevent auto accident injuries due to less-than-stellar car maintenance.
Give your car a basic health check by testing the following items.
Most car batteries last between four to five years; however, some may only last about 3 years in warmer climates. Before we see more snow, be sure to check your car battery. If you’d rather have this completed by a professional, organizations like AutoZone and Pep Boys usually offer free battery testing.
It’s important to know when tires should be rotated or replaced, particularly when icy roads may come into the mix. Per Car Care, the penny test is the easiest way to determine if tires are ready for a swap. To have adequate traction when driving on snowy roads, a tire requires a 6/32-inch deep tread at a minimum.
Windshield Wipers and Reservoir
If you’re struggling to see well when driving in the rain or snow, please replace your wiper blades! This small investment may save a life. Additionally, be sure to fill your windshield washer reservoir with no-freeze fluid and check your antifreeze level.
This is also a great time to load your car with winter essentials. Items like an ice scraper, shovel, jumper cables, a flashlight (with extra batteries), blankets, gloves, sand/kitty litter/gravel/salt and a spare cell phone or solar charger may come in handy and can be pulled out of your trunk in a pinch. When snowfall is heavy or you’re stranded, flares and matches might also prove a good investment, especially if road trips are in your future.
Wishing you a safe holiday season!