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4 Ways to be Prepared for Driving in Winter

4 Ways to be Prepared for Driving in Winter

The Boy Scouts have been touting the motto, “Be Prepared” since 1907. It simply is good advice. Indeed, times have changed, and our lives become a little easier since 1907, but the scout motto still rings true for today’s world. Most kids have a cell phone by age 12 and everybody is just a text away, but that doesn’t mean you should neglect being prepared for potential emergencies. When winter strikes, chances for automobile accidents increase. Roads are slick and snow piles up creating potential hazards that don’t exist in the warmer seasons. Taking these small steps to be prepared when driving in winter is an easy way to protect yourself and anyone you may be driving with.

1. Dress for winter – You never know when that sudden craving for chocolate might strike. The nearest convenience store may only be right around the corner, but accidents can happen at any time and in any place. Insurance companies report that 52% of reported accidents occur within 5 miles from home and 77% within 15 miles. When you head out, no matter how far you are going, dress for winter. You don’t want to get stuck for hours in the snow in shorts and a t-shirt.

2. Pack your car with essentials – Take some time and put together an emergency kit for your car in case you have an accident. Some essentials to include are bottled water, snacks such as protein bars, blankets, roadside flares, flashlights, gloves or hand warmers and fix-a-flat. The small effort of gathering these items and placing them in your car is worth the peace of mind they provide. Got a new driver in the house? Why not pack them a kit for their car?Stay safe when driving in winter by being prepared with these 4 tips and Barbosa's Kutom Kolor, 9220 NW 63rd Street, Parkville, MO 64152.

3. List contact information – Create a card with the names and phone numbers of those you would like contacted should you be in an auto accident and unable to communicate. Keep this list in your wallet and the glove box in case either is not reachable for rescue personnel.

4. Put your cell phone in your pocket – When heading out on icy winter roads, it’s a good idea to place your cell phone in your pocket. If you slide and crash or even flip your car, that cell phone may not be reachable if in your purse or thrown from the seat. If it is tucked away safely in your pocket, you will have a better chance of being able to use it to call for help.

These four simple steps can help you be prepared when driving in the winter. Your passengers will thank you if you have supplies to make things more comfortable should you get stuck for any length of time. Some of these measures could even save your life. Drive safe in winter weather and if unfortunately, you have a winter auto accident, be prepared with an auto body repair shop that will get your car back in shape. Barbosa's Kustom Kolor will handle all the details of your auto body repair, work with your insurance company and get your car looking brand new once again.
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Winter Driving Tips

Winter is here. The snow is here as is the ice that sometimes hides beneath the snow. Granted, living in the Midwest has its privileges but driving in the winter weather is not one of them. Ice is no friend to drivers. If you are very young or on the older side, driving in winter conditions is even more stressful. Roads covered in well-packed snow may also have a thin layer of ice underneath. Most drivers would rather stay put at home, given the luxury of such a choice. Here are a few winter driving tips that may help you avoid an accident. There are more fatalities in Missouri and Kansas due to icy road conditions than tornadoes. In the U.S., over 116,00 people are injured, and 1,300 are killed on snowy, ice roads every winter. winter driving conditions can result in car accidents. Barbosa's Kustom Kolor can repair your car as a result of a winter car accident.In an effort to avoid an accident when driving in snow and ice conditions drive slowly, drive cautiously and keep a greater distance between your car and the car in front of you. Ice is unforgiving. Pumping your brakes when your tires come in contact with ice or trying to steer over ice rarely proves successful. There are some precautions you can take to prepare yourself and your car for winter and icy road conditions:

Winter driving: Keep your tires properly inflated

Most car owners tend to underinflate their tires in the winter thinking more tire surface on the road is useful for traction. The fact is, an underinflated tire will roll side to side causing excessive wear and tear on the tires. It also increases your inability to control your car in snow and ice. If you underinflate your tire for snow and ice, thinking this will help the car with traction in these conditions, do you inflate them when the ice melts? More than likely not. Overinflating your tire will make them hard, and they will slip even more. Most accidents that happen in snow and icy conditions are the result of a slip and slide. Your car becomes uncontrollable, it slips and hits a curb or another car. If you have an accident due to heavy snow or icy road conditions, your insurance company will put the responsibility for the accident on the driver, not on the road conditions. It is best to make sure you have liability, comprehensive and collision coverage. Talk to your insurance agent about how best to ensure you are covered in the event you have an accident in wintery conditions.

Winter Driving: Insurance coverage and Accident Repairs

Talk to your insurance agent about how best to ensure you are covered in the event you have an accident in wintery conditions. If your car is damaged in a winter accident, make sure you contact Barbosa’s Kustom Kolor for your auto body repair work. Barbosa’s will fix your car properly to ensure it is free from rust and the exterior structure of the car will be expertly maintained in the repair process.
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Hitting a Deer with your Car

If you are a hunter, you know when deer season is. If you are a motorist, you are aware that most every time you drive your car; you see a deer on the side of the road. Many times it is not alive. As sad as it is for the deer (and small kids who have to see it) it can also be dangerous if you hit one of these creatures going 50-60 mph. Deer mating season is October through December. According to State Farm Insurance, there is a 1 in 169 chance overall that you could hit a deer while driving. Missouri ranks 17th in the nation for the likelihood (1 in 117) that a driver will hit a deer. Kansas ranks 18th. Insurance claims for hitting a deer average about $4,000. Deer accidents send about 10,000 people to the hospital every year and kill 200.

How to avoid hitting a deer

Slow down When you see a deer know that there is probably more than one. If you can stop and honk your horn (safely), it is a good idea. That will startle the deer into crossing the road more quickly. If you choose not to stop and honk, proceed at a slow pace. Watch for deer at night Deer are nocturnal. Unfortunately, they are harder to see at night, as is everything else on the side of the road. When possible, use your bright lights through wooded areas. If you know that land is being cleared in your area, be alert. Deer may be looking for new places to mate and bed down. Scan both sides of the road, especially in areas with lots of trees or woods, while driving at night.

If you have to hit a deerHitting a deer with your car can be traumatic for you and your passengers. Call Barbosa's Kutom Kolor, 9220 NW 63rd Street, Parkville, MO 64152 to fix your car after you hit a deer.

As a driver, you can do more damage to your car and passengers if you try and swerve to avoid hitting the deer. Swerving off the road or into oncoming traffic to avoid a deer is not a good strategy to avoid hitting a deer. It is best to apply your brakes and hit the deer to avoid oncoming traffic or going off the road and hitting a tree, another car or a pedestrian. The best offense is a strong defense. If you do hit a deer, remain in your car. Never attempt to ascertain if the deer is dead. A kicking deer can cause a lot of bodily harm and may even kill you. Call your local police department or highway patrol.

Hitting a deer and your insurance claim

Hitting a deer is considered a no-fault accident. Your rates should not go up as a result of this type of an accident. If you hit a deer and your windshield has been severely cracked, or you cannot drive your car for other reasons, call your roadside service or your insurance company to have your vehicle towed. If the accident with the deer has caused damage to the body of your car, make sure your car is towed to your choice of a reputable auto body shop for repairs. Fall brings cooler temperatures, colorful leaves, and deer mating season. Drive cautiously and if you do hit a deer, know that your insurance will not go up and that Barbosa’s Kustom Kolor stands by all their auto body work and has outstanding customer service.
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Tips for Avoiding a Car Accident

The first and most important tip to avoid a car accident is to avoid drinking alcohol while driving. Never drink and drive. Always have a designated driver when others are drinking. If you have been drinking and do not have a designated driver, call a cab or use Uber. The consequences for drinking and driving can never be adequately calculated.

Avoid a Car Accident while Driving in the rain

Losing control of your car on wet pavement is a frightening experience. Unfortunately, it can happen unless you take preventive measures. Make sure your tires have the proper and safe amount of tread. Balding tires won’t give your car much traction when the surface of the road has water on it. Believe it or not, wearing sunglasses when it is raining and hard to see, can help cut the glare and help you see the road. If at all possible, pull over until the harder rain stops. Be sure to run off your lights so other cars do not follow you. If the rain turns to hail, try and take cover with your car under a bridge or a garage. Hail has been known to crack windshields and can cause a lot of damage to the roof and body of your vehicle. If you can't find cover, try and slow your car safely to a halt on the side of the road. Turn off the running lights. Do not attempt to get out of the car as hail can also cause harm to you!Avoid a potential car accident and follow these tips from Barbosa's Kutom Kolor, 9220 NW 63rd Street, Parkville, MO 64152

Avoid a Car Accident while Driving in the Snow

According to the U.S. Department of Homeland Security's Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), car accidents are the number one cause of death during winter storms. Defensive driving is important. Learning how to maneuver your vehicle when confronted with winter's elements could mean the difference between winding up in a snow bank on the side of the road and arriving safely at your destination. Make sure you always have an extra jacket, water, and your cell phone in reach (if you keep it in your pocket if you should end up in a ditch you should still be able to reach your phone) while driving. If you every get in an accident or find your car in the ditch, having your cell phone within reach will give you the chance to call for help. Snow can rapidly turn into ice on your windshield creating a low visibility situation. Remember to maximize the heat to your windshield when ice begins to form. If your visibility becomes dangerously unsafe, safely pull over and remove the ice with an ice scraper. As soon as the weather starts to warn of snow, make sure you have a good snow/ice scraper in your car with warm gloves to help you remove it.

Avoid a potential car accident- drivE a car with better visibility

When you are looking for a new car (or a used car), the best way to avoid accidents is to make sure there are as few blind spots as possible. Higher visibility will help you avoid accidents and keep you and your passengers safe. Good visibility is important for new drivers with little to no experience driving. The elements of rain, snow, ice and night-time driving for inexperienced drivers make purchasing and driving a car with good visibility even more important. If you do get into an accident and your car needs to be fixed (and you're OK, and the police have been called), call the Auto Body Repair specialists at Barbosa’s Kustom Kolor. Did you know you can choose the Auto Body Repair Shop you prefer to go to in the event your car needs to be towed? Give your insurance company or the tow truck driver the name and address of Barbosa’s Kustom Kolor and leave us a message (if it is after hours) and we’ll call you first thing in the morning. Getting into an accident can be frustrating. Dealing with your Auto Body Repair Shop doesn’t have to be. Contact us today!
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