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How to Prepare Your Car for Winter Driving

As the temperatures drop outside, driving conditions can become more dangerous. Snow and ice make the roads slicker, increasing your chances of getting into an accident with another vehicle or skidding off the road into a ditch or, worse, a tree or a building.

It is important to prepare your car for the winter weather so that you can travel safely throughout the season. Here are a few tips for you can prepare your car for winter driving:

Check the Tires

When you're driving over heavy snow or slick ice, it is important to have the proper tread on your tires so you don't skid all over the road or become stuck. Check your tires for any thinning tread, bald patches, or bulging. If any of these are present, you should replace the tire. Be sure to follow up with a tire rotation to make sure you get even wear from your tires.

Check the Fluids

It is always important to make sure your vehicle has adequate levels of all the necessary fluids, but it is even more important when you're driving in the winter. Without adequate levels of brake fluid, you could take even longer to stop on an icy road. If your steering fluid drops too low, it could be hard for you to react quickly to another vehicle skidding out of control in front of you.

Make sure you check these and other fluids regularly to make sure that your car is in top working condition.

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Visibility will already be diminished in the winter, when the days are shorter and fog, snow, or just generally cloudy and dreary conditions persist. Make sure that all your lights are in working order to make sure you can see well when you're on the road. Also be sure to check for any cracks or damages to the area around the light that could impair your visibility.

Change Your Wiper Fluid

Water freezes - that includes your water-based wiper fluid. You can choose a wiper fluid that won't freeze that can help you to clear frost, ice, dirt, and other debris from your windshield so you always have a clear view when you're driving. You might also consider heavier wiper blades that are made for winter weather conditions.

Wax Your Car

This step won't help you stay safer on the road, but it will protect your car. The salt, sand, dirt, and other grime that accumulates on the road to keep it free of snow and ice will eventually accumulate on your car and will eat away at the paint job. You can protect your car by giving it a fresh coat of wax at the beginning of the season and by keeping it clean.

Use Weather-Proof Mats

Here's another one to protect your car itself: Getting in out of the car so often, you are bound to track in snow, ice, salt, and even mud. Your carpets can take a beating. You can easily protect them by using weather-proof mats throughout the season. Switch back to your regular carpets when the ice has finally thawed out for good.

Preparing your car for the winter weather can help to keep you safer on the roads, and it can also help you to protect the investment you have made in your car. Follow these practical tips to get your car ready for the season, and you will improve the safety of your family all winter long.

Driving Tips for Overseas Trips

WorkersComp34_06042014Traveling overseas can be fun and exciting - especially if you decide to drive yourself to better explore and discover new things. However, a vacation abroad can quickly turn deadly if you do not follow safe driving practices. Here are a few tips to help you make your trip overseas a safe one if you plan to drive:

Get an International Driving Permit

Your U.S. driver's license will not be recognized in many countries. To be on the safe side, you will need to get an International Driving Permit. You can apply for the permit through AAA or the National Auto Club - the only two agencies authorized by the U.S. Department of State.

Make Sure You Have Insurance

Your auto insurance policy may not cover you if you are traveling overseas. Double check your policy to see if you are covered (and confirm coverage with a representative from your insurance company). If you are not covered, look into getting a supplemental policy for your trip, or find out if the rental car agency offers such policies.

Learn Local Laws

The rules for driving overseas may not be the same as the rules for driving at home. For example, you may not be able to make a right turn on red. There may be special rules for passing. And, of course, you may even be required to drive on the opposite side of the road!

Make sure to educate yourself about these rules ahead of time. Not only could you save yourself from a ticket (or legal action), but you could also save your life by reducing your chances of a serious accident caused by a simple traffic gaffe.

Learn Basic Symbols

Some traffic symbols may be universal, such as red for stop or green for go. But some signs will be written in a language that you may not be able to read - or they may be written in a language that uses characters you cannot understand. For example, could you identify the word "Stop" written in Japanese?

Learn some basic symbols or words for traffic directions in the country to which you are traveling to be sure you recognize the rules for the road when you are out driving.

Use a GPS

When you are trying to read signs written in another language, remember whether it's OK for you to pass on a single-lane road, and perhaps even keep your orientation as you're driving on the "wrong" side of the road, you shouldn't also be trying to read a map to figure out where you're going. Use a GPS that can clearly identify your route in real time and perhaps even narrate it aloud for you.

Driving in another country can be a fun way to get to know the place better, but it presents many challenges. In order to stay safe, you need to prepare yourself by learning about the local traffic laws and how to read basic signs and symbols. Make sure you have the right driving permit and insurance, and get a good GPS unit. Then enjoy your trip!

North Carolina Personal Injury Lawyers

If you are involved in an accident at home or abroad, the North Carolina personal injury lawyers at the Law Offices of James Scott Farrin may be able to help you. Call 1-866-900-7078 for a free evaluation of your case.

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5848-100 Faringdon Place
Raleigh, NC 27609
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280 South Mangum Street, Suite 400
Durham, NC 27701
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Fayetteville, NC 28304
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Charlotte, NC 28262
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New Bern, NC 28562
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Greenville Law Office

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Greenville, NC 27858
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Greensboro Law Office

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Greensboro, North Carolina 27401
Phone: 336-665-7072
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Goldsboro Law Office

214 South William Street, Suite 3
Goldsboro, NC 27530
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Henderson Law Office

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Henderson, NC 27536
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Roanoke Rapids, NC 27870
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Rocky Mount, NC 27804
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Sanford, NC 27330
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Wilson Law Office

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Wilson, North Carolina 27896
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Winston-Salem, NC 27101
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