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Getting ready for winter road conditions

Winter weather can create hazardous driving conditions on roads in North Carolina and throughout the United States. In some cases, snow or ice can coat surfaces without warning. Therefore, it can be a good idea for drivers to tell friends or family members where they are going ahead of time. In the event that a driver becomes stranded, he or she should remain close to the vehicle.

It is important not to start the vehicle if it has a blocked exhaust pipe. Furthermore, it may be a good idea to crack a window to ensure proper ventilation while the car is running. Having fresh air circulate in a car or truck can prevent a person from getting carbon monoxide poisoning. To minimize the chances of getting stuck or in an accident, a car should be inspected prior to the winter season.

An inspection should consist of checking a vehicle's brakes, tires and battery. It may also involve checking hoses, spark plugs and filters. When snowy or icy conditions exist, drivers should be sure to increase their following distance. Furthermore, drivers should refrain from braking too hard or using cruise control. Vehicles should not stop or slow down while going up a hill as it can be harder to retain traction on such terrain.

In car accidents, it is possible for people to sustain significant injuries, such as lacerations or concussions. If a crash is caused by a negligent driver, a victim could be entitled to compensation. This may help to pay for lost wages or future earnings if he or she is unable to work. Compensation may also cover medical bills or other costs related to the accident. An attorney may help a crash victim obtain a settlement or jury award.

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