At Wink’s Body Shop, we often experience an increase in the number of people who bring their vehicles in for auto body repair in Ithaca. We’re not surprised by this because there are always more accidents between cars or trucks and wildlife in the spring. Even if you haven’t been in an accident, you’ve probably noticed more animals along the roadways this time of year. So what gives? Why so much wildlife during the spring, and why are so many animals running out into the paths of cars and trucks?
Springtime Means the End of Hibernation
Many animals hibernate during the cold winter months, living off the layer of fat they developed during the previous seasons. In spring when temperatures rise a wide range of animals, from squirrels to bears, come out of hibernation. They are lean and hungry when they wake up and immediately go searching for food. When these animals are looking for their first meals of the season, they are more apt to run along roads or into traffic hoping to get to the best sources of food to satisfy their hunger. Since they’ve just woken up, they may not be moving as quickly as usual, so they are more likely to be hit by oncoming cars. Unfortunately, that means lots of drivers end up needing collision repair in Tompkins County, where there are lots of areas where spring wildlife amble onto roads and end up causing crashes.
Some Animals are Mating in the Spring
While deer mate in the fall, amphibians mate and lay eggs in the spring. In order to do this, they have to get to a pond or other body of water, often attempting to cross roads to get there. Why are they crossing busy roadways? They instinctively want to return to areas where they were born, but encroaching development often means there are new roads where there weren’t any before. Birds also mate in the spring, laying eggs that will hatch in the summer when food is abundant. Many people are shocked when they have a collision with a barn owl or other bird that hunts by flying low over the ground, but it’s more common than you’d think in the springtime.
Avoiding Animals on the Road
It’s a natural reaction if you see animals along the road when you’re driving to try and swerve to avoid hitting them. If there isn’t a lot of traffic and no one behind you, this might work. But stopping suddenly in traffic or swerving to avoid an animal may mean a more serious collision with another vehicle. We’ve done a lot of collision repair in Ithaca on cars that have been damaged by animals and other drivers during the spring.
To minimize the chances of needing Wink’s Body Shop because of animal-related accidents, keep these tips in mind
• Slow down when you see animal crossing signs.
• If it is too late to avoid hitting an animal, honk your horn, lock the brakes and try to duck to avoid flying glass. It is better to hit an animal and need collision repair in Tompkins County than to swerve into traffic and end up in the hospital.
• Be extra cautions when driving at dusk and dawn, when wildlife is most active in the springtime.
• If you see a deer or other herd animal, look out for others that might be with the first animal.
• Drive at the slowest safe speed to give animals more time to safely get off the road in the springtime.
If you are unfortunate enough to have an interaction with an animal while driving, contact your collision repair experts in Tompkins County, Winks Body Shop
May is the month of new beginnings, making it the ideal time to take a look at your vehicle with fresh eyes after months of wear and tear by winter weather, icy roads and perhaps a fender-bender. A visit to Wink’s Body Shop in Ithaca is the perfect way to take care of damage sustained during the long, cold winters in New York. Your car has probably sustained damage from shopping carts in slick parking lots, minor accidents when you weren’t able to stop on icy roads or inexperienced drivers.
It’s Time to Repair the Winter Damage
Many of us put off vehicle repairs when the weather is bad. We need our cars and we’re afraid we’ll just get more damage from road salt, careless drivers and the many hazards of winter. Now that May has arrived, however, you may be looking at your dinged, scratched vehicle and realizing it’s time to make it shine again. Vacation time will soon be here. Trips to the beach or into the city for some much needed relaxation is on the horizon. You don’t want to be driving a clunker when our collision repair in Tompkins County can take care of all those blemishes and put you back on the road in style.
Selling Your Car? May is the Right Time
According to U.S. News and World Report, spring is the best time of year to sell your car. People are actively looking for vehicles and planning road trips. Your car can get top dollar if you bring it to our auto body shop in Tompkins County for some body work. We’ll get rid of those dents and dings, repair that crumpled fender and will match the paint perfectly so your car looks like new. Without the proper body work, potential buyers will notice every scratch, touch of rust and dent. That means they’ll insist on a price reduction and you’ll make less money on your sale.
May is the time for all kinds of special occasions and you’ll want your car looking sharp. Whether your son is borrowing the car for his Senior Prom, you’re attending a baby shower for your best friend or there’s a wedding in the family, you don’t want anyone driving your car if it’s been knocked out of alignment on one of the many potholes that seem to bloom in the spring. Make sure your car is safe and driving straight by having Wink’s Body Shop do a computerized alignment and, if needed, replace the suspension. Our body shop handles it all, from minor scrapes to full body repairs with a brand new paint job, we have the technology, parts and expertise to make your vehicle like new again.
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Our I-CAR gold certification means your car will be repaired to the highest quality standards for operation, safety and appearance. Our technicians are continually trained in the latest technologies and use the latest resources from I-CAR, an independent organization dedicated to driver safety. Our satisfaction guarantee means you’ll never be disappointed when you trust Wink’s Body Shop for collision repair in Ithaca.