It’s that time of year when many of us love to trek out into the country to enjoy crisp fall air, pick apples, and gaze in wonder at the beauty Nature displays. Winter weather may be still a way ahead of us, but Fall can bring its own special set of driving hazards you’ll want to keep aware of.
Wink’s Body Shop would like to take a few moments of your time to give you some Fall driving tips. Should the unthinkable occur and you need collision repair in Ithaca, be sure to contact us directly and have your vehicle delivered to our facility for your free estimate.
Our Top 5 Safe Driving Tips
Leaves, Rain and Peepers
Falling leaves drift by my window is an old song that brings many fond memories to mind. The colors ranging from yellow, orange, red, maroon dance joyfully on the trees as their colors become more vibrant. But, they fall off the trees and land on the roadways. Between rain being common in the fall, the addition of leaves on the roads can make for a very slippery surface. Do not brake quickly on leaf covered roads, and do lower your speed to accommodate the road condition.
Falling Back into Early Darkness
After the long days of summer, the quickly fading sunset can put us out on roads in much darker times than we’ve become used to. So watch out, again, for fallen leaves, pedestrians, bicycles, other drivers, and animals entering the roadway.
Keep your windshield clean, a good pair of sunglasses and keep a good distance between you and the vehicles in front of you. The sun glare can momentarily blind a driver causing loss of control or an accident. Stay aware of your surroundings and travel at a respectable speed.
Frost on the Pumpkin
Many times your Ithaca body shop hears and sees the damage resulting from unexpected frost or ice on roads and bridges. In the winter, we are more used to there being icy conditions and are generally ready for the hazard. But in the fall, it’s not the primary thing in our mind as we go about our business and continue along at our regular summer season speed.
Remember, bridges and shaded areas can be covered with black ice, making it difficult to see until it’s too late. Slow down and evaluate the condition of the roads. If you can’t see ahead of you due to a curve in the road, slow down.
It’s a Wild and Wooly World
We’re not talking of winter quite yet, but the amount of wild animals that will be out and about. The shorter days have them moving more to find food in the shorter daylight hours. For deer and moose, this is breeding season. Moose, in particular, can be confused and make poor choices near roads.
Central NY collision repair is often necessary when a moose has been encountered on the roadways. A moose is nothing to contend with. Standing significantly taller than most vehicles and weighing over 1000 pounds, the damage that can result from a collision is usually extensive. Nothing can frighten a driver more than coming around a corner to find a huge moose standing motionless in the road. Take it easy, be sure you are using the correct headlight beams and watch carefully.
Every fall, much of New England is visited by people desiring to partake of the gorgeous fall colors. We know them affectionately as Leaf Peepers! Nature does put on a splendid show and we are pleased to share it with everyone.
Of course, like summertime vacations, this means a lot more people on the roads who may be distracted by the sights, or who may suddenly (and without warning) pull off the road to grab that super fantastic photograph.
Be prepared for the unexpected behavior of other vehicles. People will also be traveling slowly, so plan extra time to get where you are going. Let’s be safe out on the roads so we are able to share our ventures with friends and family.
When the unthinkable happens, when your vehicle sustains damage either through a major weather event, falling branches, road debris being kicked up, parking lot mishaps or collision with another vehicle, there are things you should know.
In the Ithaca area, Central NY collision repair is a phone call away. Wink’s Body Shop in Ithaca can help you maneuver the intricacies of insurance claims and body repairs on your car or truck. We also want to take some time to help you be prepared in the case of an unexpected event.
The Importance of Insuring Your Vehicle
As we know, our State of New York requires us to carry insurance. Liability insurance and medical payments coverage are paramount. But what about Comprehensive and Collision coverage. If you have a vehicle financed through an institution, you are required to carry Comprehensive and Collision coverage as a protection to the lender. This makes perfect sense as they have an ownership status in the vehicle until you pay it off.
For vehicles that have been paid off and you carry the clean title, you might decide to drop the expense of physical damage coverage on your car or truck. Although this can save you money in the short term, the risk you are taking can be very expensive.
Collision repair in Ithaca and the Central NY area can be a hard hit to your wallet. Although some dents, dings, paint scratches and windshield damages can be repaired for less that a typical deductible, anything larger requires extensive parts replacement. Over the long term, not covering your vehicle properly with the right insurance can be an expensive risk.
Research Your Options
Each insurance company will want you to believe their coverage is the best available. It is actually more trustworthy to speak directly with a multi-line insurance agent who can explain the various types of coverage and what they do and do not cover.
Insurance agents are there to be sure their customers receive the best coverage at a fair price. Some policies offer replacement value on your vehicle, some offer full retail value replacement, some offer an Actual Cash Value coverage which would be determined by the age and often times the Kelly Blue Book Value. Know your coverage.
Your agent will also direct you to the most economical deductible level that suits your lifestyle and budget. Premiums will be a bit lower the higher your deductible, but that does mean, in the case of an accident, you are responsible for the deductible amount. So with a $1000 deductible, that amount must come out of your pocket. Weigh the risk and your ability to manage the out-of-pocket expense.
Be Prepared Should the Unthinkable Happen
Besides having the optimal insurance coverage for your car, be sure to have your insurance card showing proof of coverage and your registration in your vehicle or always on you. You will want to know the insurance claim reporting phone number(s) and contact people.
We are the most recommended Ithaca body shop due to the quality of our repairs, our customer service, i-Car certified technicians, repair work guarantee, and our reputation in the area. We can work closely with your insurance company relieving you of the stress often associated with a collision loss.
When the unthinkable happens, call or stop by Wink’s Body Shop for a completely free repair estimate. Simply provide us with your insurance company information and claim number for fast and easy service. We will arrange inspections and appraisals as quickly as possible to get you back on the road.