November is here again, which means that we roll back the clock and begin living on standard time. With the change in time comes a change in the way you’ll be driving on the roads after dusk. At some point, those cold northern winds will blow in our direction and bring along with it chilly evening temperatures, along with snow and ice. When the first storm hits, hopefully, your car is prepared to get you through it without breaking down. Goodness knows, driving around at night in Ithaca may seem like it takes longer to get from point A to point B, just because of the rain, slush and freezing temperatures.
We know it can be frustrating at times when you really want to get somewhere quickly, but you’re in the midst of slow moving traffic. Our advice is to stay calm and turn on your favorite music. Music tends to make driving in bad weather more tolerable. November is going to ease us all into winter and there’s nothing you can do but accept it, and adjust the way you drive. Also note that this is not the time of year to hit the accelerator hard when driving around town. People who do that often have their cars end up in our Ithaca collision repair shop. Their impatience with the road conditions is evident when we take a look at the bent metal at the front or back end.
On cold November evenings rain quickly turns to ice, and the roads can become slick before you know it. Speeding even just a little bit can cause you to have an accident. One minute your car is completely under your control, and the next minute you’re struggling to regain control of the wheel as your car spins sideways. This is what happens when vehicles hit a sudden patch of icy road. What happens in many cases is that the car skids and panic takes over. Drivers commonly turn the wheel back and forth trying to keep the car straight. When going too fast on a slick road you put you, others and your car in jeopardy. If you happen to have a fender bender and need a body shop in Ithaca, don’t forget to call Wink’s Body Shop.
If we’ve learned anything during our many years of providing auto repair services to people in this area, it’s that when you slow down and drive cautiously in bad weather, you’ll have less need for our services. Road mishaps happen anyway, of course, even to the best of drivers. However, when you are alert and fully aware of changing road conditions, damages to your car from those mishaps are usually much lighter. Keep in mind too that there’s no such thing as a safe driving speed in poor weather. You must use your best survival driving instincts to determine what is too slow or too fast. At the same time, don’t let pressure from impatient drivers force you into making unsafe maneuvers. Those drivers are often the cause of major accidents.
Stay safe this month and call Wink’s today for the best collision repair services in Ithaca.Tags: Collision Repairs in Ithaca, Ithaca Body Shop