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3 car safety checks to perform before leaving

McDermott Law, LLC

Routine maintenance and safety checks can be beneficial at any time of year. However, as winter approaches, certain safety measures may be particularly relevant.

One of the most effective ways to prevent road traffic accidents is to take preventative steps. Many of these can be done long before you have even set off. Outlined below are three car safety checks to perform before leaving.


Tires are one of the most important features of your motor vehicle. It is vital to check that your tires have sufficient tread, otherwise, traction could be compromised. Furthermore, if you are in a location that faces harsher winters, it may be of benefit to install specialist winter tires.

Fluid levels

Ensuring that your vehicle fluid levels remain optimal could significantly improve your safety. Modern vehicles may display oil levels digitally, whereas older vehicles might require the use of a dipstick to carry out checks. Additionally, it is worth paying special attention to antifreeze levels during colder periods. Low fluid levels may result in engine malfunctions, which in turn increases the chance of an accident or breaking down.

Pack an emergency kit

An emergency kit could offer you forms of relief in the event of breaking down or having an accident. Phone chargers, a torch, warm clothing, high-visibility jackets, and a shovel are just some of the essential items you may wish to consider packing.

Driving in wintertime presents several unique challenges. However, there are ways to protect yourself as a road user during the colder months. If you have been injured as a result of a collision, it is important to remember that you have legal options to recover fair compensation for your losses.

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