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Stay as safe as you can when winter weather rolls in

The wicked winter weather will be in New York before we know it. Making sure that your vehicle is ready for winter driving conditions is a vital step that you must take. Unfortunately, other drivers on the roadway might not do the same. Drivers who aren't ready for the wintry precipitation can easily cause an accident. That accident can lead to injuries or death.

One of the most important things you can do is to make sure that your tires are ready for the winter weather. The tires on your vehicle are the only contact you have with the road. You have to ensure that they are properly inflated according to the manufacturer's requirements.

As the temperature drops, the pressure in the tires goes down right along with it. For every 10 degrees the temperature drops, around 1 to 2 pounds of pressure are lost in each tire. While some people believe that underinflated tires are safer on the slick roadways, that isn't true. Underinflated tires don't contact the roadway in the manner that provides the best traction. Properly inflated tires give you the most traction, which is vital when the roads are slick.

All vehicles, even those with 4-wheel drive, are at risk of sliding and skidding when the roadways are slippery. This can lead to a car crash that can cause injuries or death.

People who are injured in winter car crashes that are caused by another person's negligent actions might choose to seek compensation for their injuries. Understanding some points about filing insurance claims and seeking compensation might help you as you try to get the compensation you need.

Source: Rubber Manufacturers Association, "Winter Driving Tips," accessed Nov. 04, 2015

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