Tips From Our Mobile, AL, Car Accident Lawyers to Help You Stay Safe This Winter
Winter has been particularly harsh this year, as we’ve been facing record-breaking low temperatures, according to AL.com. Some spots in Alabama have reached as low as 16 degrees.
With this freezing blast of arctic air, it’s important to think about how it will affect your vehicle and, ultimately, your safety on the roadways. At Long & Long, our Mobile, AL, car accident lawyers see the effects of car crashes every day. We’re dedicated to finding ways to help our community stay safe and avoid wrecks this winter and all year long.
To help you and your loved ones drive safely in spite of these recent cold temperatures, our team has compiled a list of common issues automobiles tend to have when temperatures are low. Maintaining your vehicle is always important but especially when it gets colder, as problems can quickly lead to an accident.
Windshield wipers can freeze to the windshield when temperatures are below freezing, causing them to become cracked or damaged. Without fully functioning windshield wipers, driving in rain or snow is even more dangerous.
Low Tire Pressure and Tread
When temperatures drop, it can also cause your tire pressure to drop. In addition to checking the air pressure, it’s also important to make sure your tires have an adequate amount of tread. Driving over ice patches with balding tires is extremely dangerous and can cause you to lose control of your vehicle and crash. If you haven’t replaced your tires in a while, now may be a good time to invest in a set of quality all-season or winter tires.
Cold weather weakens a car’s battery. Additionally, your battery is putting in extra work during the colder months, as drivers tend to blast the heat on high, run the seat warmers, and use headlights more often.
Frozen Fuel Line
Never let your car sit with less than half a tank of gas when it’s cold. Condensation can form inside the tank and freeze your fuel line. Not only will your car not start, leaving you stranded, but it will also shorten the life of your fuel pump.
Finally, your alternator belt can crack due to low temperatures. This can prevent your car from starting and lead to a very expensive repair job.
An Increased Number of Serious Car Accidents
In addition to the effects cold weather can have on your vehicle, wintery weather conditions also lead to an increased number of accidents on the roadways.
Although cold weather presents more dangers for drivers, many people continue to speed and ignore the rules of the road. These reckless actions lead to accidents every day, many times, causing innocent drivers to suffer serious injuries or even death.
If you or a loved one are injured in an accident this winter through no fault of your own, you may be entitled to compensation for damages. You should never have to worry about how you’re going to pay your medical bills, car repair expenses, or continue to care for your family because of someone else’s careless decisions on the road. Our Mobile, AL, car accident lawyers are here for you and can fight for the money you’re owed.
No Matter the Temperature, We’re Here for You
As winter persists throughout Alabama, please remind your friends and family to check their vehicles and be extra cautious of reckless drivers.
If you’ve been hurt in an accident that wasn’t your fault, please don’t hesitate to call our office. No matter the temperature, we’re here to protect your legal interests year-round.