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How winter weather can affect the safety of your vehicle

On Behalf of | Jan 12, 2023 | car accidents

Many different factors lead to car and truck accidents in the U.S. Three of the top contributing elements include driver error, lack of vehicle maintenance and adverse weather conditions.

It is not always possible to avoid truck and car accidents. However, knowing how winter weather can affect your vehicle can help reduce you reduce your risk of your vehicle not working properly when you need it to.

How does cold affect tires?

Cold temperatures cause the air in vehicle tires to contract, leading to low air pressure. Without the proper pressure, tires lose traction and could even fail altogether, increasing the risk of an accident. Cold also hardens tire rubber, impacting their ability to grip and making it hard to control the vehicle in dangerous situations.

How does winter weather affect fluids?

Vehicle engines need fluids to lubricate the many working parts of the automobile. Cold weather thickens liquids like oil, transmission fluid and antifreeze. If they become too thick, vehicles cannot perform as efficiently. That means you might have trouble avoiding a road hazard or an out-of-control car or truck.

Make maintenance a priority in the winter

Like many northern region states, Indiana poses several winter car accident hazards such as ice, snow, rain and wildlife. Make sure to keep your vehicle maintained in cold weather. Your preventative actions can help you react quickly to avoid a crash.

If you have already suffered injuries in a crash caused by another driver, learn more about your accident and injury compensation options. Having experienced legal guidance can improve your odds of obtaining a fair settlement.