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As the Days Get Shorter Watch Out for Animals Along the Roads

As fall arrives, so do the shorter days.  Darkness flows in earlier and it only gets darker earlier from here on out.  This is such a change from our long summer days where it was still light well into the evening.  Many people now head out to work in the dark and return home in the dark.

With the days getting shorter and the nights colder, animals are moving about trying to finish up their winter food storage.  The cold weather slows their metabolism down and often they are not quite aware of their surroundings.

This is the time of year (and also early spring) when you need to watch carefully for those creatures both in the road and on the sides of the road.  Many collisions occur from either direct impacts with wild animals and domesticated creatures  or from swerving to avoid them during these evening times.

Ithaca Collision Repair

We know how unexpected any collision is, but one thing people tell us is that an impact with an animal is probably the most traumatic when it comes to small accidents.  Ithaca collision repair at Wink’s Body Shop sees many of these types of accidents.  The damage can be mild to extensive.  The sheer impact with a moving animal causes multiple locations of damage on a car.  Deer in particular can damage everything from the front bumper straight through to the roof.

Collision repair in Ithaca is easily found right here at Wink’s.  Our experienced technicians are knowledgeable and extremely efficient in finding the full extent of the damage and working with both you and your insurance company.

It’s important to have any damage assessed immediately in order to prevent unseen damage from causing issues with your vehicle and because getting collision work repaired before the winter and road salt will protect the car from starting to rust.

Avoiding Animals in the Dark

It’s really so much more common for the critters to be wandering about at dusk.  It may be dark earlier, but their body clocks are still running on their summer schedule.  They haven’t quite learned how to read a watch yet or know that dusk comes in earlier.

collision repair in IthacaThis is a particularly hard time to see animals which may be wandering along the roadside, or sitting in the middle of the road because they are confused.  Many a motorist has come around a curve in the road only to find a creature sitting there looking dazed.  The headlights stun the wild creatures and the darkness they are not used to will almost paralyze them.  They can’t see you  coming in this low level of light.

The best advice is always to be aware of your  surroundings, slow down a bit as you, too, get used to the earlier darkness.  If you’ve been traveling or commuting in normal light, believe us when we remind you to be extra careful as you adjust your speed, driving habits and eyesight to the evenings.

Wink’s Body Shop in Ithaca

We’re here when you need us.  Collisions and other body damage can be quickly dealt with here at our state-of-the-art facility.  Our technicians are ready to get your vehicle sorted out and get you back on the road as quickly as possible.

No matter if the damage to your vehicle is minor or extensive, contact us for a free estimate today.  Be careful out there and keep your eyes open.  Happy Autumn!

 

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