Every winter, feeling safe on the road becomes harder. Rain, ice, and visibility can all lead to a higher risk of car accidents and collision. First and foremost, practicing safe driving techniques, like following at a safe distance and driving at a steady speed, can prevent most major accidents. Controlling the other drivers on the road, however, is impossible. Each year, 24 percent of weather-related vehicle crashes occur on snowy, slushy, or icy pavement; and 15 percent of accidents happen during snowfall or sleet. Thus, if you do get into a collision, below are five tips to get your vehicle back on the road again, quickly and safely.
Keep a disposable camera in the glove compartment, even if you have a camera on your phone—it is helpful when batteries are dead or you have lost/forgotten your phone. This will allow you to document any other vehicles in the collision, damage done, and other pertinent evidence. This is crucial in the case of any disputed responsibility of the collision.
Whether in case of collision or any other daily circumstance, keeping a pen and paper around to jot down a quick note is helpful for any driver. This will be especially helpful in filing your police report. Write down as many details as you can remember about the collision, such as when you realized something was wrong, what portions of the vehicle were damaged, what speed you were going, what sounds you heard, etc. While it is nerve-wracking in the moment, jotting this information down will help once the shock wears off and the details start to fade.
Locate Car Repair Shops
You will most likely need a repair quote for your insurance company, and to get your car back on the road. Non-totaled vehicles make up more than 90% of collision claims, in other words, nine out of ten vehicles are repairable. Keeping an accurate list of repair shops within 25 miles of your home can help get you back on the road faster, as most accidents happen within 25 miles of home. Furthermore, when traveling you can plan ahead and look up repair shops in the areas you will be staying. Wrecktify Collision is a reliable collision repair shop that focuses on serving Madison, WI and the surrounding area. They focus on building long-term relationships with their customers based on quality service, while bringing 25 years of experience to the table. Services include restoration, collision repair, auto detailing, and more.
Safe driving techniques and accident preparedness will help keep you safe while driving in the winter. If you do get into an accident, Contact us for a repair quote. Wrecktify will get you back on the road.