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Arrive alive! Winter travel tips for California motorists

Driving in the winter can be hazardous for everyone, even the residents of beautiful Manhattan Beach. While this area does offer some of the finest weather in the nation, it remains important to be cautious during the winter, particularly when we get an all-to-rare rainfall.

Car accidents can spoil the day in many ways, from plaguing you with simple inconvenience to causing you life-changing injuries. When all drivers do their best to account for weather conditions, everyone can avoid car accidents and arrive at their destinations safe and sound. Below you will find a few tips to help you accomplish this goal.

Be prepared: Plan ahead to make your winter excursion as safe as possible. Good preparation includes scheduling rest stops for long trips, carrying an emergency kit and sharing driving duties when possible.

Always account for weather: California weather runs the entire gamut from warm temperatures and sunshine to snow, fog and rain. Check the weather forecast in all areas through which you will travel and compensate for inclement weather.

Avoid distractions: Put your cell phone away and pick out your driving music ahead of time. If you do need to take or make a call, find a safe place to pull over so to improve your odds of avoiding a car accident.

Check your vehicle: Even if you are simply driving across town, it is always a good idea to make sure your vehicle is in proper operating condition. Make it a routine practice to check your car's brakes, headlights, taillights, wiper blades, seat belts and, of course, the engine.

If you have done your part but another party causes a car accident, consider talking with an attorney to see how you might recover compensation to pay for any expenses associated with your accident.

Source: California Office of Traffic Safety, "Common Sense Safety Tips for Winter Travel," accessed Jan. 31, 2017

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