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Recommended steps to prepare for winter driving

With the approach of winter, drivers in Florida will need to prepare themselves and their vehicles. While winters in the Sunshine State are often mild, inclement weather is still a possibility. That's why it's wise to have a mechanic ensure that components like brakes, an ignition and batteries are ready for the cold. The mechanic could also check tire pressure and antifreeze levels. Drivers should know the function of basic safety features like anti-lock braking and traction control.

Next, a driver will want to ensure that their vehicle carries a properly inflated spare tire, jumper cables, tire chains, a toolkit, an ice scraper, windshield cleaner and a first-aid kit. These are just some of the things that constitute an emergency kit. When stranded in the snow, a driver should not try to push their vehicle out. If necessary, they could light flares or put reflective triangles in front of and behind the car.

Safe driving begins in the garage: drivers should not leave their car running in the garage to warm it up as this may lead to carbon monoxide poisoning. On the road, drivers should not hesitate to pull over when a whiteout reduces visibility.

Drivers should accelerate and decelerate slowly, avoid stopping when going uphill and maintain a distance of 8 to 10 seconds from the vehicle in front. In winter conditions, it's best to avoid the use of cruise control or the parking brake.

Someone who is injured through another motorist's negligence may be entitled to compensation. Examples of negligence include speeding, distracted driving and even being unprepared for winter conditions. For example, a lawyer could hire investigators to show that a defendant did not properly winterize their vehicle, and medical experts could show how the plaintiff's injuries are linked to the accident.

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