Winter is right around the corner in Minnesota, and soon the days of hopping right into your vehicle without having to scrape the window will be a memory. City traffic in the Twin Cities is no joke on a bluebird morning, but in the icy cold of a Minnesota winter, it can be downright dangerous. The best way to avoid getting in an accident in the snow and ice that requires repair is to know what to expect before you ever set out on the road.
At Suburban Auto Body, our certified technicians work with Minnesota car owners to help them get their cars back on track after they’ve been in collisions all year long. We love your business, but we also want everyone to stay as safe as possible this season. That’s why in this post, we’ll break down our best advice for avoiding car collisions when you’re out and about this winter.
The Importance of Safe Winter Driving
Driving safely is important every day of the year. But in the winter, it’s even more important than ever to be completely aware of your surroundings and stay prepared for the possibility of having to avoid an accident. When the roads are covered in snow or wet, it takes much longer to stop than on a clear day.
According to Esurance, it can take 6.1 seconds to stop or as much as 333 feet. When the roads are snowy, these numbers jump up even more. For snow, it can take almost 11 seconds to stop and as much as 533 feet. If you do the math, that means it only takes a moment of not paying attention to end up in an auto collision.
Staying Safe During the Winter
Fortunately, knowing what to expect and remaining alert and prepared can go a long way in preventing an accident even on snow and ice.
Follow these driving tips:
● Avoid distractions.
● Keep your phone put away.
● Watch your speed.
● Give the person in front of you lots of room.
What To Do if You’re in a Skid
In case you or a driver in your family ends up skidding or hydroplaning, you should understand the protocol for handling this situation ahead of time. When you first go into a slide, remove your foot from the gas pedal. Do not press the brake under any circumstances. Next, steer your vehicle toward the direction of the slide. When your car gains traction once more, straighten your vehicle and get back to where you need to be.
Suburban Auto Certified Collision Repair is there for You
Even if you’re the safest driver on the road and you have a perfect driving record, you can’t plan for everything, and accidents do happen. That’s why you need a good auto body and collision repair team behind you when it does.
At Suburban Auto Body, we offer a Suburban EZ program and OEM manufacturer’s parts. We’ll work fast to get your car back on the road. Speak to our advanced collision repair team by calling at 651.633.8900, or contact us for your free estimate.