Drive extra careful, traffic accident season is here!
Most car owners know and understand that in order to keep their cars esthetically appealing and in perfect condition to ensure their safety, it is vital to anticipate any mechanical, structural and external potential hazard or issue. This includes weather related accidents.
Weather-related crashes are defined as those crashes that occur in adverse weather, such as rain, sleet, snow, fog, severe crosswinds, blowing snow, sand, debris or slick pavement. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, on average, there are over 5,891,000 vehicle crashes each year. Approximately 21% of these crashes – nearly 1,235,000 – are weather-related. Therefore, it is vital to pay attention to weather forecasts.
Weather raises car accident statistics
As weather conditions change and become unfriendlier, more significant are the chances of being involved in a traffic accident. Rain, snow and winter conditions are among the most common elements presented at weather related traffic accidents. Surprisingly, snow and ice are not the most deadly driving hazards. It turns out its rain.
NHTSA show that most weather-related crashes happen on wet pavement and during rainfall: 70% on wet pavement and 46% during rains. Even though snow is the second reason, it has a much smaller percentage: only 18% happen during snowfall or sleet, and 13% occur on icy pavement. Experts explain this, as car drivers tend to be more careful on snowy conditions than when driving in rainy weather. Besides, rain can impair visibility and make roads slightly slick, especially if it hasn’t rained in a while and oil residue builds up.
Regardless, of the rainy seasons’ late start in Colorado, weather experts are still predicting an active monsoon season into October. Also, NOAA is anticipating early winter above average snowfall and precipitations for Colorado. This means that we are entering a traffic accident season, and it is vital to be more careful when driving and taking essential maintenance actions to keep your car safe.
One step ahead
Maintenance is a rule of thumb for a comfortable and secure driving experience. You are still in time to check and run primary maintenance tasks on your car. For instance:
- Check and change your engine oil.
- Check, buy or replace your tires to winter tires.
- Check and replace your burned light bulbs.
- Check and fix your brakes.
- Check your car battery.
As we are all more prone to suffer a car accident during this period of the year, it is also an excellent opportunity to fix any car bodywork damage, such as dents or dings. Keep in mind that kids, people, animals and of course, other vehicles will be facing the same harsh conditions, and one could easily lose balance and slam against your car.
Therefore, it is better to remove any dent or bodywork damage from your car as soon as possible. This way, if you are involved in an accident, the damages won’t add to the old ones, and your dent issues won’t become a dangerous and expensive issue. Contact Auto Rehab today, and get rid of your car dents and bodywork damages in a fast and affordable way, before the accident season strikes.