Poorly maintained vehicle equipment often contributes to Texas car accidents. With the weather beginning to get cold, performing critical vehicle maintenance can help ensure not only your safety, but the safety of others as well.

An article from KBTX News examined some of the most important parts and equipment to have checked out this winter. Mechanics have been changing a large number of starters and alternators recently, as these parts have to work especially hard to get vehicles going in frigid temperatures. They suggest making sure you have a fully charged battery and checking for corrosion around the connections.

Antifreeze levels should also be checked on a regular basis, as should tire pressure and wiper blade functions.

At Daniel Stark Injury Lawyers, we know not all crashes can be prevented. That’s why being prepared for an accident during the winter months is crucial. We suggest carrying an emergency supply kit in your vehicle with blankets, flashlights, food, water, and a fully charged cellphone at all times when traveling through winter weather. Check out our guide to steps to take after an accident as well.

We hope these tips help to keep you and your loved ones safe while traveling this winter.