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My mechanic suggested I winterize my car. Can winterizing my car really help keep me safe from a car accident on Philly roads?

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We’ve all heard tales of mechanics suggesting seemingly unnecessary car maintenance to get us to spend money. But truly, most of the mechanics out there suggest this maintenance to help keep your car performing in top shape. When your car is performing at its best, it can go a long way to help reduce the likelihood that the systems will fail, thereby helping to prevent an accident.

When it comes to “winterizing” your vehicle, we’ve found a few helpful tips that experts suggest. The following is not intended to be a comprehensive guide to prevent all accidents, however, it can serve as a roadmap for helping to prevent the most major of car issues:

  • Keep an emergency kit in your car.
  • Tune up your four-wheel or all-wheel drive systems.
  • Check belts and hoses for excess wear or cracks.
  • Replace windshield wipers and fill up washer fluid (have extra on-hand at all times).
  • Inspect defrosting and heating units to ensure proper functionality.
  • Don’t allow your fuel level get below a quarter of a tank.
  • Ensure the proper amount of antifreeze is used in your car.
  • Check your battery power and replace if necessary before the cold weather hits.
  • Check the pressure and tread levels on all your tires. Consider new tires before the first days of wintery weather to prevent accidents.

 

Winterizing your car can help keep your car’s performance in top shape and thereby help reduce your risk that your car will fail you when you need it most. We all know that Philadelphia winters can be harsh and difficult. The last thing you should concern yourself with is a car that fails to operate when you need it most.

Preventative maintenance cannot change how others drive on the road, or if their vehicles are properly maintained. If you have been injured in a car accident due to the negligence of another give us a call today. We will fight tirelessly to obtain the best legal results while you focus on your health and recovery.