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Tips for safe winter driving

Nevada drivers who will face snow and ice in the winter will want to keep the following safety tips in mind. Staying safe on the road begins with preparation. They can have a mechanic check the components, such as the ignition, brakes, spark plugs and battery. A mechanic could also check antifreeze levels, check tires for wear and bring them to the right pressure.

Drivers should also plan their route ahead of time and check the weather before going. Whenever possible, they should wait out storms. Another danger to avoid can arise in the garage: many drivers let their car run inside to warm it up, but this can lead to carbon monoxide poisoning.

When driving over snow and ice, it's important to use traction control, a standard feature on most vehicles. Drivers are to accelerate and decelerate slowly, avoid cruise control, avoid using the parking brake and keep a distance of 8 to 10 seconds from the vehicle in front. The gas tank should never go below half full. When stuck in the snow, drivers should never try to push their vehicle out.

It's also a good idea to carry an emergency kit in the vehicle. This could include a toolkit, jumper cables, flashlights, a first-aid kit, an ice scraper and blankets. In addition, drivers could carry a tank of gas and fresh antifreeze.

Winter is a dangerous time for car accidents, many of which are caused through drivers' negligence. In such cases, those who are injured through little or no fault of their own may be entitled to compensation under personal injury law. They can have a lawyer evaluate their case, and if the claim is valid, the lawyer may proceed to build it up with the help of investigators and medical experts. Victims can leave all settlement negotiations to their lawyer.

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