Motor Vehicle Crash Data recently reported that and estimated 5,505,000 auto collisions had property damage to their vehicles in a single year. Of that number, 620,000 were during rain storms and 184,000 were during snow/sleet.
So what can you do to avoid a collision during rain, snow, or sleet? Gerber Collision and Glass recommends the following:
1. Learn your car. Since each will handle differently, practice driving in winter conditions on roads that are familiar to you – not on a main road. Sharpen your winter weather skills and learn how your vehicle reactions to snowy conditions in places that are full light during the day such as an empty parking lot.
2. Drive Slowly. It is much more difficult to suddenly stop on slick or snowy roads and also be sure to give plenty of space between you and the vehicle in front of you.
3. Stay Calm. If you find yourself skidding during a rain or hail storm, gently ease your foot off the gas and steer in the direction you want the front of your car to go. Do not press on either the brake or gas until you have control of your car.
Those three tips will help drivers avoid auto collisions and if you find yourself driving in severe road conditions, pull over and wait out the storm, you’ll be glad you took the time. And don’t forget to get your car serviced now to ensure optimal driving conditions.