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Preparing for winter driving in Georgia

With the winter comes blizzards and icy, snowy or wet roads, even in some parts of Georgia. Drivers should therefore take the following tips into account and prepare their vehicles for these challenges. As a first step, they could have a mechanic check their vehicle's components, including the brakes, ignition, spark plugs and battery. The mechanic can also make sure that antifreeze levels are right and that the tires are properly inflated and free of wear.

Drivers may already know that they should slow down in winter weather and keep a greater distance from the vehicle in front (about 8 to 10 seconds is recommended). What they may not know is the function of their own vehicle's safety features. The National Safety Council, together with the University of Iowa, is currently educating drivers on new safety technologies through a campaign called, "My Car Does What?"

It's also a good idea to carry an emergency kit in the vehicle. This could contain jumper cables, ice scrapers, a first-aid kit, tire chains, a bag of salt and flares or reflective triangles. Drivers can use this last item when stranded in the snow. If such a situation occurs, they should never leave their vehicle or try to push it out. They could also have blankets and mittens as well as a tank of gas and fresh antifreeze.

Winter can lead some drivers to act negligently or even recklessly. A car accident victim who believes the other party was at fault can file a claim against that person's auto insurance provider. If successful, they could be reimbursed for medical bills, lost wages, lost earning capacity and whatever else is applicable. Legal representation will come in handy, though, as a lawyer could hire third parties like investigators and medical experts to strengthen the case. The lawyer could then negotiate for a settlement.

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