Fall in Ithaca is a real pleasure for pedestrians and drivers in large part because of the amazing display of fall leaves on trees. A quick drive around town gives you a great view of Ithaca’s wonderful colorful display of orange, red, pink, brown and yellow. There’s still a sprinkling of greenery around too for good measure. Of course, you’ve probably also noticed that as the leaves fall to the ground there’s a bunch of them lying in the roads. Some roads are heavily cluttered with leaves, while others are kept fairly clear. It’s those streets that are cluttered with leaves that are the most cause for concern when it comes to road safety.
As those beautiful leaves fall to the ground, they tend to stay pretty much where they are until moved by people, weather or vehicles. Wink’s Body Shop in Ithaca reminds you that you may not think much about driving over them as you go to and from work, or run errands. Perhaps you’re confident that the heavy weight of your car is no match for delicate leaves that are slowly drying out. For the most part, you’d be right. Fallen leaves are not of much concern to drivers – until they get wet.
You see not only is fall the time of year when an abundance of leaves fall from trees, it’s also the time of year for an abundance of rain, fog and cool temperatures to visit our lovely city. When rain collects on fallen leaves they turn into a very real driving hazard for unsuspecting motorists. Wet leaves are very slick, and as you drive over them the wheels of your car have less traction when stopping. For example, you may be driving along and stop at a stop sign, but your car breaks don’t work as well due to a mass of leaves. Next thing you know, you’re sitting partially in the intersection – at risk of being hit by oncoming traffic.
Another hazardous condition created by fall leaves that may leave you looking for collision repairs in Ithaca, is that they can easily obscure potholes. There’s no way for you to know that a huge pothole is just ahead, because those beautiful leaves hide that pothole. So, your car hits it hard, because you don’t bother slowing down. In bad weather, this can set you up for an unexpected collision with another car or tree. Leaves might also be hiding street markings and curbs. Essentially, leaf clutter can make you drive blind.
The best way to handle driving the streets of Ithaca in autumn is to always be alert that those leaves in the street may be hiding an unpleasant surprise. Drive at a reasonable speed, and go slower down streets with lots of leaf clutter. Also, get your vehicle breaks and engine checked out. Being able to stop your car quickly is a must during fall and winter weather. Avoid bad accidents by keeping your car in tip-top driving shape.
Bring your car into Wink’s Ithaca Body Shop for a thorough fall checkup or get expert collision repair. Contact us today for a free estimate.
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.