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With the New Year approaching, you are probably thinking about how to make 2014 better than 2013, and all the things you’d like to accomplish in the next 12 months. It’s not all gym memberships and deleting numbers out of your cell phone, though. Here at Premier Law Group, we like to remind people that your car might also need a fresh start—New Year’s is a great time to do the maintenance you might have been putting off. Here’s a check list to make sure you don’t miss a thing:

  1. Tires: Mild winters mean that we don’t have to worry too much about snow here in Seattle, but spring brings lots of rain and with it the danger of hydroplaning. You want to make sure your tires are in good shape for the coming months.
  2. Windshield Wipers: Again, the rain in the greater Seattle area is only going to get worse. Visibility can be an issue and so functional windshield wipers are an absolute necessity.
  3. Lights: Even during the day, you should be using your headlights if it is raining. It’s just as important to make sure your break lights and blinkers are working as well. Those long rainy commutes on the freeway will be much safer if other vehicles on the road know where you are.
  4. Oil: If you’ve been putting off that much needed oil change over the holidays, what better time to do it than the New Year?
  5. Rain Gear: We all know umbrellas are for tourists, but it might be a good idea to keep a spare raincoat and boots in the trunk of your car for unexpected rainstorms (and don’t forget ponchos for Sounders games in March!

Most of all, stay safe when you spend time with family and friends tonight. It’s fun to ring in the New Year in style, but make sure that you are ready to drive when you go home tomorrow. The best way to insure the safety of yourself and your party is to prepare before you ever go out for how you will be getting home. If you don’t have a designated driver, be prepared to use a taxi, Uber or public transportation.

From all of us at Premier Law Group, Happy New Year!

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