Avoid car accidents in adverse weather conditions
We all know that it is virtually impossible to avoid being involved in a traffic accident, at least a fender bender or low-speed accident. It happens! There are too many cars and all sorts of drivers out there. That is why it is vital to keep your vehicle in shape, anticipating any mechanical, electrical, or structural potential issue.
As days get colder and weather conditions worsen, the risk of suffering a traffic accident rises exponentially. There are over 5,891,000 vehicle crashes per year, and approximately 21% of these crashes are weather-related. These are crashes that occur in adverse weather, such as rain, sleet, snow, fog, severe crosswinds, blowing snow, sand, debris, or slick pavement.
Facing the Weather
The rule of thumb to avoid any disaster when driving under harsh conditions is prevention. You need always to be one step ahead, and this starts by knowing exactly, what are you up against. It is common to see Colorado drivers taking precautions and winterizing their cars before or as soon as it starts snowing. Don’t get me wrong. That is great! However, the same actions or level of commitment should also be when getting ready to drive in the rain.
According to the National Highway Traffic Administration, most weather-related crashes happen on wet pavement and during rainfall. At least 70% of traffic accidents occur 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. Therefore, it is vital to be more careful when driving and taking necessary maintenance actions to keep your car safe.
Keeping Your Car Dent Free
Even when we accept the fact that eventually, our car will get dented, scratched, or crashed, it is still essential to perform regular and winter preventive maintenance steps, keeping it as safe as possible. You are just in time to go ahead and run basic, but essential maintenance steps, for example, checking and changing your engine oil. Also, it is crucial to replace your regular tires for winter tires.
Your electrical system should be working properly during winter. Therefore, go over your battery and consider recharging or replacing it if necessary. Check and replace your burned light bulbs and never forget about your car brakes.
Don’t wait until your car gets dented, contact Auto Rehab today, and get it restored to its previous condition before the winter arrives. Our PDR services will remove any dent or bodywork damage without affecting your car’s original paint. This way, it will be ready to survive the adverse weather.