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Winter Is Coming: Here’s How to Prepare Your Vehicle for Cold Weather

Connecticut winters are notoriously cold and snowy. Snow, sleet and freezing rain can be challenging to deal with on an everyday basis. This is especially true while driving. Car accidents increase during the winter due to inclement weather, darker nights and an increase in holiday travel. So, how do you prepare your vehicle for cold weather? Follow these winter driving safety tips to ensure your car is ready.

Four Vital Winter Driving Safety Tips

  1. Have a “winter supply” box. In case of an accident or an engine stall, it’s important that you have the necessary supplies. Have an ice scraper, a flashlight, a first-aid kit, and food and water. These tools will help you if you become stranded on the side of the road.
  2. Check tread depth and tire pressure. Make sure your tires are in good shape. If your tires are in bad shape, then you have a higher risk of skidding and losing control of your vehicle. Check your tire pressure with a gauge, follow your car manual’s recommendations for pressure levels and fill up your tires with air as needed. You can check your tread depth by using the “Lincoln test.” Insert a penny into the tread of your tire with the top of Lincoln’s head pointing inward; if you can fully see Lincoln’s head, then it’s time to replace that tire. You can also install winter tires.
  3. Change your car fluids. Some wiper fluid products will freeze during the winter months. Replace your ordinary fluid with “winter” fluid to help loosen ice and snow from your windshield. Visit your mechanic to see if you need to change your oil and antifreeze. Make sure both are rated for winter conditions.
  4. Make sure your heater and defroster work. Without a properly functioning defroster, it will be close to impossible to maintain driving visibility during the winter. Replace your defroster and heater as soon as you can if it is not functioning correctly.

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The Connecticut personal injury attorneys at Walsh Woodard LLC want to make sure you and your family stay safe this winter season. Follow our Facebook and Twitter for more safety tips and winter-related posts. Our firm has extensive experience in car accident cases, so call us if you have been involved in an accident this winter season.

 

Hartford Personal Injury Lawyers

The fall season is a time that many in our area will celebrate a well-known, much loved holiday. Halloween is a day in which excited children dress up, show off their costumes and enjoy too many sweet treats.  It is also a time when children are exposed to potential injury due to some increased risks and conditions that exist on Halloween.  The Hartford Personal Injury Lawyers at The Law Offices of Walsh & Woodward offer the following safety tips for all trick-or-treaters and party-goers to ensure a safe and fun holiday, instead of a scary one.

Children: 
Limit trick-or-treating to your own neighborhood where people are more likely to watch out for your well-being
Travel in groups. It’s fun & safe
Stay in a well lit area and carry a flashlight
Visit well lit homes
Never enter a stranger’s home, even if invited inside
Have an adult inspect your candy for signs of tampering before eating • Don’t eat anything that looks suspicious

Costumes:
Be highly visible to motorists
Wear light colored costumes with reflective tape
Carry a flashlight
If you wear a mask, cut the eye holes larger to maximize vision
Make sure costumes are flame resistant
Avoid carrying sharp or pointed objects to prevent injuries

Parents:
Pre-plan a trick-or-treat route for your children
Escort younger children or designate responsibility to an older child
Keep children in-sight
Do not let children dart into traffic

Drivers: 
Watch for children who are easily distracted by Halloween activities
Watch for small children entering the roadway without warning
Turn on your headlights to increase visibility
Drive below the posted speed limit

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