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Weather Ready ?

If you are reading this in an area that gets snow, ice and sleet, it's not too soon to start thinking about what you should do to avoid an accident and what to do when you are in an accident.

First, let's start with some basics. These may seem common sense but if they are not on your mind, it's easy to forget.

When there is bad weather, it is important to decrease your speed. You should be going less than the miles per hour sign. As well as decreasing speed, you should always allow several cars lengths space for stopping. And, if you don't need to go out in bad weather, don't!

Next, make sure your car is weather ready by replacing old, worn wiper blades and tires. When you need to see clearly, your wiper blades should be functional. Tires have a mileage rating. When you purchase your new tires, make sure to write down the mileage of your car at that time. It can give you an estimate when you are do for new tires.

Have some supplies handy in your car, a car charger, flashlight, boots, raincoat, shovel, bottled water, blanket and some protein bars in case you get stranded.

Moreover, some simple advice that can be overlooked: have your drivers license in your car. Make sure you have your insurance policy up to date. Check to see what your coverage is, like deductible amount, can you get a rental car if you have an accident? For how long? Do you have medpay( uninsured motorist insurance)? Put your flashers on if you are in an accident, or you just want to let other drivers know that you are driving cautiously.

If you are in an accident and the weather is bad. Try to avoid getting out of your car on a busy road. Wait for police. If you do get out of your car, get out of the side that is away from the road. Exchange insurance information and drivers license information. If you are injured, call an ambulance instead of traveling to an ER.

Fortunately many auto accidents are not deadly but they can tear muscles, cause inflammation, disc herniations, spinal stenosis, whiplash, headaches and concussions. If you were in an auto accident, are experiencing symptoms and live in the Chicagoland area like: Elmhurst, Villa Park, Lombard, Bensenville, Oak Brook, Berkeley, Bellwood, Stone Park, Melrose Park, Northlake and Westchester, call Auto Accident Pain Relief Center of Illinois 24/7 at 800-862-5914.

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