Every season comes with unique hazards. Weather conditions, pedestrian activity, animals on the roads, and other dangers can vary according to the time of year. As the American Automobile Association explains, you can reduce your risk of crashing by adjusting your vehicle and your driving behavior based on the season.

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Unfortunately, even the most responsible drivers are not immune to accidents. If you were injured by a negligent motorist in Louisiana, contact Morris Bart, LLC.

A Shreveport personal-injury attorney will evaluate your case to determine if you may be entitled to compensation for medical expenses, lost wages, and noneconomic damages. We can gather evidence, interview witnesses, structure your claim, and handle settlement negotiations on your behalf.

Here is a brief guide for adjusting your vehicle for each season:

  1. Fall

Autumn often comes with rain and other adverse weather, so clean your lights to maximize your visibility, and refill your wiper fluid as necessary. Toward the end of fall, inspect your heater and defroster so you are ready for the winter chill.

  1. Winter

If you travel to a cold climate in the winter, equip your vehicle with snow tires for optimum grip. When the cold fronts start coming, refill your antifreeze. You should also clean underneath your vehicle every month if you drive on roads that have been salted for ice. This will help you avoid rust.

Cold weather can take its toll on your tires and battery. Be sure to test your tire pressure and battery capacity in early February.

  1. Spring

The spring season comes with rainstorms, so check your windshield wipers for signs of wear and tear. These can take a beating during the winter because cold weather can damage the rubber. If the weather is clearing, replace your snow tires with all-weather tires.

  1. Summer

Louisiana is no stranger to heat waves, so make sure your air conditioner is working at the start of summer. You should also consider installing gel seat covers for optimum comfort.

Check your cooling system. Overheating is the most common cause of breakdowns in the summer. Flush it and refill it with factory-approved coolant.

If you did not replace your windshield wipers in the winter or spring, then inspect them for wear and tear. You should also fill your windshield wiper reservoir with fluid that is designed for summer driving. This can help remove bug residue.

These maintenance tasks may cost you a few hours, but they can save you the property damage, injuries, and headaches that come with a serious accident. Unfortunately, no amount of preparation will make you immune to other drivers’ negligence.

If you were injured in a crash that another motorist caused, contact Morris Bart, LLC. A Shreveport personal-injury lawyer will handle the legal aspects of your claim so you can focus on recovery. Call 800-537-8185 to schedule a free initial consultation.

June 21, 2016 | Categories: Safety Tips |