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There are ways to winterize your car, so you’re prepared when freezing weather and winter conditions present unwelcome driving conditions. 

Top Ten Tips for Winter Driving:

 
1. Always keep at least a half tank of gas in your car, especially when going long distance. 
2. Make sure your car is up to date with oil, brakes, and tire treads and check your exhaust pipe before driving.
3. Take extra care to accelerate and decelerate slowly, skids can come out of nowhere and gentle pressure helps retain traction.
4. Check the weather for your starting point and destination.
5. Black ice is notoriously difficult to see. If the temperature is freezing, slow down. 
6. Make an emergency kit for your car: everything from food and water, glass scraper, flashlights, and medication can make a life or death difference. 
7. Keep a set of gloves and warm outerwear in your car, in case you find yourself stuck in the cold.
8. Familiarize yourself with your route so you can be less reliant on a GPS in case road conditions change. 
9. Tell friends and family where you’re going, when you’re supposed to get there, and what route you’re taking. 
10. In icy conditions, following distances is recommended to be increased to eight to ten seconds, as per AAA guidelines.  
 
Always remember, others may not be as careful as you on the road. In case you’re a car accident victim this winter, the Law Offices of Elan Wurtzel are here for you to give you proper consultation and representation. 
 
Call today for a free consultation: 516-822-7866

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