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Winter Weather Driving

The best way to avoid neck pain, headaches, low back pain and disc herniations is prevention. One of the best ways to prevent these injuries is to not get into an accident. Since we are in the winter season, here are some safe driving tips everyone can employ.

First, only go out if it is necessary. Driving in a storm can be hazardous. Put your plans off for another day or prepare ahead of time any errands that need to be accomplished. Next, you should have your car serviced and winterized. This can be checking the tires for wear, replacing worn tires, rotating tires, checking tire pressure(remember pressure is lower in cold weather), make sure your spare tire is filled with air, filling the windshield washer fluid, replacing worn wiper blades, having the heat checked and coolant levels filled. Check lights, turn signals and hazard lights. Have the mechanic check your battery, alternator and belts in the engine. Fill your car up with gas in case you do get stranded or have to take a longer route to get to your destination.

Make sure you and your passengers are belted in as well as child seats properly restrained. Avoid risky driving such as going to fast for the road conditions, following other cars too closely including snow plows (give them some space), coming to a complete stop on hills and not using your turn signals when you make a turn. Also make sure your car is thoroughly cleaned off from snow and ice. Other drivers need to see your lights and you shouldn't have any blind spots in your vehicle. Pay attention, don't use your phone while you are driving and always use a handsfree method of communication when you do use your phone.

If you do get in an accident, access the situation. Is anyone hurt? Do you need to call for help? Can you exchange information with any other drivers and contact the insurance company later ? If you are in an accident, stay with your car, don't exit the car under dangerous circumstances like a high traffic area, getting out of your car on a side that is a heavy traffic area. If you are stuck and in a safe area, having a small shovel in your truck can help get you out of a heavy snow bank. Also, make sure to avoid running your car for long periods without the window(s) open. Carbon monoxide poisoning car occur if your vehicles exhaust pipe is obstructed with snow.

If you are in an accident and you experience low back pain, sciatic pain, headaches, jaw pain, neck pain or arm/leg pain, give Auto Accident Pain Relief Center of Illinois a call at, 800-862-5914.

Happy Holidays and safe driving !

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