Florida Personal Injury Attorney: Winter Driving Tips for Florida Drivers

by Carmen Dellutri on November 7, 2011

Fort Myers personal injury attorneyWhile Florida drivers rarely have to deal with snow and other dangers associated with cold weather, that doesn’t mean we shouldn’t be prepared for winter driving. As Florida personal injury attorneys, we can attest that driving mistakes in rainy weather can also lead to serious car accidents.

To help Florida drivers stay safe, auto information company Edmunds.com has come out with a set of safety tips for Sun Belt drivers as we head into the rainy season.

Check your tire pressure: Tire pressure is important because traction declines in wet conditions. Also, a properly inflated tire will help protect against wheel damage that might occur as the vehicle drives over potholes. Read your owner's manual to find the correct tire pressure.

Inspect the wipers and check wiper fluid: Visibility is often compromised in the winter by rain and reduced daylight. The life expectancy of a wiper blade is one year. If your car's blades are older, replace them.

Make sure your four-wheel drive system works: Make sure the system engages and disengages smoothly, and that there are no strange noises emanating from the drivetrain when the system is in use. If there are multiple drivers for your vehicle, make sure each of them knows how to operate the 4WD system.

Carry an emergency kit: In storm-prone Southern Florida, this is a good idea for winter and the rest of the year. You can purchase a preassembled kit or do it yourself. Be sure to include:

  • A flashlight, flares and a first-aid kit.
  • Jumper cables, a tool kit and tire chains.
  • A blanket, warm clothes, hat and gloves.
  • Paper towels.
  • A bag of abrasive material, such as sand, salt or non-clumping kitty litter. Use this for added traction when a tire is stuck.
  • Extra washer fluid.
  • Extra food and water.

Check your defoggers: Rain and dampness put windshield defoggers to the test. Make sure they are in working order and that all the drivers of the vehicle know how to operate them.

Source: LA Times

The Dellutri Law Group is focused on making bad situations better and putting lives back together. If you or someone you love has been seriously injured in a Florida car accident caused by someone else’s negligence, you may be entitled to compensation.

To learn more about your legal options, contact our experienced Florida injury attorneys for a free consultation. 

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