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Winter weather rarely brings bad driving conditions to the Austin area, but when it does it finds many who live here unprepared for driving in bad weather conditions.  Refreshing your memory about driving safely on icy and snowy roads can keep you from needing a visit to your local auto body shop.

How to Drive Safely on Icy Roads

1)      Make sure your vehicle is properly equipped.  Do your tires have plenty of tread on both the front and back?  Poor tread means less traction and increased likelihood of spinning out.   Are your windshield wipers and defroster keeping your windows clear for maximum visibility?  Check your brakes before heading out to be sure they’re responding properly.  If your vehicle has anti-lock brakes, be sure you know how to properly activate ABS during a skid.

2)      Drive slowly.  Leave as much space as possible between your vehicle and those around you.  Allow plenty of time for accelerating and braking and be very aware of your surroundings.  Extra space can mean the difference between properly maneuvering your car to avoid a collision if a vehicle near you begins to slide.

3)      Remember that black ice looks like regular water.  What may look like a small puddle could actually be a hazardous patch of black ice.  It’s most common during the early morning and late evening when the roads no longer absorb enough heat to keep water from freezing, but during extreme cold it can be present in the middle of the day.  Read ahead on how to properly respond when you find yourself driving on black ice and your quick response could save you and your vehicle from being in an accident.

4)      The safest way to keep from getting in an accident during bad weather is not to drive.  Even if you’re prepared, those around you may have less experience driving on slick roads and if the vehicle next to you spins out of control, you can find yourself involved in a collision that wasn’t your fault.

Hazardous road conditions are pretty rare in Austin, but they do exist.  Making sure your vehicle is equipped for driving on bad roads, taking extra time and being aware of how your vehicle responds differently on ice can help ensure that you arrive safely at your destination.  If you do find yourself involved in a wreck, give us a call.  We’re a locally owned body shop and we’ll get your car fixed up and back on the road with unmatched customer service.

5 Tips for Driving in Rain in Austin
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Driving in the rain can be scary, especially when you’re surrounded by other drivers on the road.  It’s estimated that approximately 24% of crashes each year are caused by wet road surfaces.

Being aware of simple tips to make driving in the rain safer will ease the anxiety caused by driving on wet roads.

5 Tips for Driving on Wet Roads:

1)      Allow Extra Time

Many drivers don’t drive with necessary caution during a storm, resulting in car accidents.   Rain often decreases visibility which means driving more slowly is necessary.  If at all possible, avoid driving until the storm has passed.  Even better, wait until the roads are dry.

2)      Remain Calm

Anxiety compounds poor driving decisions and can interfere with good concentration.  Remember to drive slowly, be aware of your surroundings and pay close attention to other drivers and how they’re reacting to driving on wet roads.  Defensive driving is important when driving in bad weather.

3)      Turn on Headlights

Most newer cars come equipped with daytime running lights, but turning on your headlights makes you much more visible to other drivers.

4)      Get Rid of Distractions

Driving while distracted is an unfortunate habit many drivers get into.  There’s no time more important than driving in adverse weather to be sure you’re giving your full attention to the task at hand – arriving safely at your destination.  Turn off the radio, silence cell phones and ask passengers to allow you to fully concentrate on driving.

5)      Prepare Ahead with Preventative Maintenance

Making sure your tires have adequate tread and proper air pressure is vitally important to prevent hydroplaning on wet road surfaces.

Driving safely in inclement weather is possible.  Remember than not everyone is adequately prepared, so be even more cautious of other drivers as you navigate your way through driving during a thunderstorm.

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