Winter Driving Safety Tips for the Florida Driver

Nov 11, 2021 | Car Accidents, General Safety, Personal Injury

How to Prepare for Winter Driving from Boca Raton Personal Injury Attorney Willis Law

It’s no secret that Floridians might be a little scared of cold weather. That’s why we live here after all! But with the holiday season upon us, many of us are preparing to take road trips up to see our loved ones for Thanksgiving, Hanukkah, Christmas, and more.

We hope when Florida drivers — and all drivers, for that matter! — head up north, they are prepared with our tips and best practices for how to stay safe when confronting cold weather on the road. There are just certain variables that are different and require attention, and we want to make sure that everyone is as safe as possible!

Get Your Car Checked
First, you’ll want to take your car to a repair shop to make sure you are all set for your winter trip. Think of this as a physical exam but for your car! Your engine coolant and wiper fluid could possibly freeze in extremely cold temperatures, so they will want to check them. Definitely tell the mechanic that you are planning a cold weather drive!

Got Insurance?
Then you will want to make sure your insurance is paid and up to date. This is best practice, in the unfortunate case that you do end up in an accident. If you are renting a car and not taking your own, you will need rental car insurance. Each company you rent with has its own options, so make sure you have educated yourself on the program that best suits your needs and comfort level. Regardless of whether or not you are renting a car or bringing your own vehicle, you should always call and verify what will and will not be covered with your insurance company if you are in an accident in another state.

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Let It Snow! Let It Snow! Let It Snow!
OK, now enter the thing us Floridians dread the most…snow! Yes, driving when it’s snowing is another type of driving altogether. Remember to slow down when it’s snowing as the roads may be slick. If you are uncomfortable, get off the road until the snow slows down. Listen to local radio stations to get a sense of the weather and how it may impact your road trip plans. Another thing to check for is if it snowed or rained the previous day, as the roads may still have some ice on them. Keep vigilant and don’t be afraid to really reduce your speed.

Should you find yourself in a car accident, please reach out to Boca Raton car accident law firm Willis Law today for support. Visit our website: https://www.willislaw.com/, or give us a call at 561-599-7300.