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Winter isn't the only time of year when we should make sure we're prepared for car accidents. As temperatures rise, so do concerns about summer driving conditions.

With the worst of the harsh winter in the rearview mirror, Ontario residents may look forward to getting out and enjoy the spring. However, the lack of snowstorms does not make the roads safe -- with spring comes a new set of hazards that can cause car accidents. The first step before taking to the roads might be to give the car a good once-over to check tire pressure and the levels of brake fluid and engine and transmission oil. Also, make sure the brake pads, windscreen wipers and other essential parts are in good order.

In an effort to reduce the number of crashes and the resulting injuries and deaths on Ontario roads, law enforcement keeps a lookout for distracted drivers. Hoping to deter such behaviour, officers issue punishments that can include fines of up to $1,000 along with demerit points. However, even that is not enough of a deterrent because car accidents resulting from distracted driving continue to occur.