Questions to Ask Your Auto Insurance Agent Regarding Your Coverage

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In this post, we list questions to ask your auto insurance agent regarding policy coverage and repair methods should you have to file a claim.

We are always happy to help you with your insurance company and dealing with issues. Our mission at Probst is to make your experience as smooth and efficient as possible

 

As today’s vehicles get safer and more sophisticated, the procedures to repair them have significantly changed as well. Many companies have fallen behind the times.

Your auto insurance policy is a contract between you and your insurance company and as such, you have specific rights within that policy.

The insurance company is obligated to make you whole within the specifics of the policy and you are obligated to compensate your chosen repair facility for the repairs performed on your vehicle.

 

With that in mind, here are some essential questions to ask of your auto insurance agent prior to ever needing to file an insurance claim.

 

If your current insurance company cannot give you satisfactory answers in writing, you should entertain looking for one that can.

1: Does my policy coverage allow a repair professional to repair my vehicle following the vehicle manufacturers’ repair procedures in regards to safety?

2: Does my policy coverage allow a repair professional to repair my vehicle following the vehicle manufacturer’s repair procedures in regards to performance and functionality?

3: Does my policy coverage allow the use of new original equipment manufacturer (OEM) parts?

4: Does my policy coverage require used or non OEM parts?

5: Do repairs following my policy coverage retain all of my original manufacturer’s warranty?

 

Related Post: Is Hail Damage Covered by Car Insurance?

 

Feel free to talk to us at Probst Collision if you have any questions

 

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5 Back to School Car Care Tips

When it is back to school time, there are a lot of things you need to get ready for the new school year.

You need school supplies, new school clothes for the kids, and you need to get the car ready for those daily trips to drop the kids off at school.

Getting the car ready may not be the first thing that comes to mind but it is definitely important to help ensure your kids get to school safely.

The Car Care Council and AutoNetTV have created a video to promote tips for getting your car ready for safe travel to school.

 

Back to School Car Care Tips Video

 

Back to School Car Care Tips

  • Check lights and wipers for visibility. With shorter days and inclement weather ahead, make sure lights and wipers function properly so that you can see and be seen. Check wiper blades for signs of wear and replace if necessary.
  • Get an annual brake inspection. The braking system is your car’s most important safety feature. Before carpool season gets in full swing, make sure that your brakes are functioning properly. Schedule a brake inspection and look for warning signs that your vehicle may need brake service, such as an illuminated brake light or screeching, grinding or clicking noises when applying the brakes.
  • Check tires for under inflation or excessive wear. Check tire pressure and refill underinflated tires, including the spare, and look for uneven wear and check tread depth.
  • Make sure everyone is buckled up. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) website has important tips on seat belt fit and position. For the younger ones riding along, the site has information about how to install car seats as well as guidelines on selecting a car seat or booster based on your child’s age and size.
  • Consider a back-up detection device. Consider having a back-up detection device installed that provides rearview video or warning sounds when moving in reverse. While drivers should not rely solely on these devices, they can help to reduce the risk of back-over incidents along with following other prevention tips from NHTSA.

 

Video and information from the Car Care Council

 

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What Do You Do If Someone Hits Your Car and Leaves?

Hit and run accident what to do

What should you do when you are in an auto accident and the other driver leaves the scene of the accident, making it a hit and run situation?

For example, let’s say that you are stopped at a red light at an intersection and your car is rear-ended.

As you start to gather yourself from the initial shock, you see that the other driver has backed up and driven away without getting out of the car.

Now, what do you do?

 

A hit and run situation

Truck Dented In Rear

A hit and run is anytime there has been a vehicle accident with another vehicle or person, and then leaves the scene of the accident without exiting their vehicle, offering help, or identifying themselves.

You should never leave the scene of the accident without identifying yourself to the other accident victim and contacting the police.

This is illegal in every state and city. Penalties for leaving the scene of an accident can be harsh.

Even if the accident is not your fault, leaving the scene of an accident can result in criminal charges, fines, jail time, and having your driver’s license suspended or revoked.

Related: Most common types of car accidents

 

Why does a hit and run driver leave the scene of the accident? Usually, the reason they leave is one of the following:

  • They were driving under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs
  • They don’t have a valid driver’s license or were driving on a suspended license
  • They are engaged in illegal activity, transporting illegal goods or drugs
  • The vehicle is stolen
  • The vehicle is being used without permission
  • The driver is uninsured
  • The driver has an outstanding warrant for their arrest
  • The driver is in a work vehicle and don’t want their employee to know about the accident

 

What to do after a hit and run accident

First off, check on yourself and the health of your passengers. Call 911 immediately for emergency assistance if anyone is injured.

Front end collisionRequest police assistance so that an accident investigation can begin and accident report is filed.

Related: What to do after a car accident

Do your best to determine the make, model and license plate number of the other vehicle involved in the accident. Write this down as soon as possible. If you have your wits about you, take a photo of the other vehicle if possible, even if it’s driving away and you can’t make out the license.

Do not attempt to follow the other vehicle. They are committing a crime by leaving the scene of the accident. Do not do the same.

Look to see if you can find any nearby witnesses.

After you have worked with the police and have an accident report, contact your insurance company.

 

Will my insurance cover an accident where the other driver has left the scene?

Your repairs will be paid for if you have collision coverage on your auto insurance policy. You may have to pay a deductible though.

Your repairs will also be covered if you have uninsured motorist coverage. In this case, you may also have to pay a deductible.

It is possible that the driver who hit you may never be caught. Many hit and run drivers are able to escape.

Related: Collision repair after an accident

 

Getting your car repaired from collision damage in New Lenox

A collision repair shop such as Probst Collision will work with your insurance company for you to make the collision repair process easier.

We understand that this can be a stressful process and being involved in a hit and run accident can be frightening.

 

Probst Collision wants to make your experience as smooth and efficient as possible.

Get collision repairs in New Lenox from the finest auto body shop in the region.

Call (815) 485-8411

 

Road Trip Checklist for Car

road trip car maintenance tips

Most of us end up driving a lot more during the summer.

Summer is the season of vacations and the season of road trips.

Before you go on a road trip, you definitely want to make sure that your car is ready for driving so you don’t get left stranded at the side of a row missing out on all your fun plans.

“With summer vacation upon us, a thorough vehicle inspection will give you peace of mind and make your journey safer,” says Rich White of the Car Care Council.

Below is a checklist of items to make sure your car is road trip ready.

 

 

Road Trip Car Maintenance Checklist

  • Make sure you have fresh oil and a clean filter.
  • Check your fluid levels: windshield washer, coolant, power steering, brake, transmission.
  • Check your tire air pressure.
  • Change your air filter.
  • Have an extra set of car belts.
  • Check your spark plugs.
  • Check your lights, blinkers, and nighttime hi-beams.
  • Make sure you have a spare tire, tire iron, and jack.
  • Have a spare car key and keep it on your person.
  • Make sure you have your car owner manual
  • Start your trip with a clean car.

 

Wear seat beltsBesides making sure your car is ready, make sure you’re ready for the trip too.

Don’t stay up late packing the night before. Fatigue and lack of sleep can affect your driving.

Related: Summer Driving Tips

Don’t push yourself driving too far and for too long every day. If you’re feeling tired, pull over and have a rest or take a nap. Or take a hike to get your heart and blood moving again.

Having your favorite podcast, stand up comedy albums, audiobooks, or your favorite up-tempo diving music can help pass the time in the car.

If you’re a passenger, it will probably help your driver to engage them in some conversation at times, as long as it’s nothing too distracting.

As always, obey the speed limit and make sure that you are always driving sober.

 

It is also recommended that you check the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration to make sure your care does not have any active safety recalls such as the recent Tanaka airbag recall. Check here: http://www.nhtsa.gov/recalls

 

Please enjoy your trip and drive safe!

 

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How To Prepare Your Car for Spring

Spring flowers

In this post, we review what you should do to get your car ready for spring so it is running at it’s best and protect it from future damage.

When the ice and snow have finally melted (FINALLY!) then it is time to get your care ready for spring.

The weather is going to change, the long winter is over, and your car needs some special care to run at it’s best.

Spring cleaning is an important tradition for your home, but it’s also good for your car too. It’s part of an important process getting your car ready for spring and summer that can help keep your car running at it’s best later on.

Here is what we think you should know about getting your car ready for spring weather:

 

Getting your car ready for spring

Wash your car

You can start your spring cleaning by making sure your car gets a good wash to remove all that salt from the winter.

It’s always good for your car to stay clean but that winter salt and grime can really build up on the underside of your vehicle and contribute to rusting and damaging your car.

Here are the DMV’s recommendations to keep your car clean from salt.

View from the rainy windowReplace your wiper blades

We know that spring means plenty of rain. Are your car’s wiper blades ready to keep you safe?

When was the lasts time you changed your wiper blades? They should be changed every year, and sometimes even twice a year.

Make sure your wiper blades are ready to protect you during harsh rainy conditions in the spring and summer.

 

Check your brakes

Rough winter roads and weather can really take a toll on your car’s brakes. They have to deal with extreme cold, ice and salt all winter long. This can start to wear them out and make them less effective.

Take a close listen to see if your brakes are sounding a little noisier than they did last summer. If they’re starting to sound a little scratchy, it’s time to get them checked.

Related: Even in Spring There Can Be Dangerous Driving Conditions

 

Check your alignment

Checking your alignment is simple to do yourself. You can check alignment by carefully watching to see how your car veers to one side or the other. Center the alignment while your driving at a moderate speed, then watch to see if it veers out of the center and to one side. Hitting a pothole in the center can cause your alignment to become crooked.

Getting your alignment fixed can not only make your car safer but can keep your tires from wearing out sooner.

 

Check your tires

Make sure to check your tire pressure. The extreme temperatures of winter can deflate your tires and you may not realize that they are running low on air. Make sure they are inflated to the correct pressure so that you can drive safely and get the best possible gas mileage.

If you are someone who puts on snow tires for the winter, then it’s time to swap them out for your all-season tires. They will wear down more quickly if you drive them in the summer.

Check your tires for worn tread and make sure to replace your tires if it has become too worn.

 

Check Engine Light

Check your fluid levels

Making sure your car’s fluids are all topped off is an important part of getting your car ready for spring.

Make sure to check your engine coolant so it is at the right level and helps maintain your car’s engine temperature at the proper level.

Check your windshield wiper fluid, because it tends to get used up during the messy winter conditions.

And while everything is being checked, don’t forget to check your brake fluid and engine oil too. They need to be topped off so that your car isn’t damaged by being too low.

Related: Spring car maintenance checklist

 

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Probst Collision is the top auto body repair shop in New Lenox, IL. We provide collision repair, dent removal, mechanical repairairbag replacement, and auto body painting in the local area to customers from New Lenox, Joliet, Mokena, Frankfort, Manhattan and other southwest Chicagoland cities. Contact us or get an online estimate.

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Even in Spring There Can Be Dangerous Driving Conditions

View from the rainy window

In this post, we discuss dangerous driving conditions in the spring and what you need to do to drive safely.

Driving can be dangerous in the winter sometimes, we all know that and hopefully we’re driving accordingly during harsh conditions, or even staying home during a blizzard or ice storm.

Once spring rolls around, we can start to roll down the windows in our car and breathing some fresh air again.

We can even stop worrying about the weather and driving conditions so much. Or can we?

The fact is, driving conditions in the spring can still be dangerous sometimes.

It might not be snowing but you will still have to drive carefully, otherwise, you might find yourself at the auto body repair shop getting auto dent removal service, or even worse, at the doctor.

Let’s review when you should be driving with extra caution in the spring:

 

Reasons Why Driving in Spring Can Be Dangerous

    • Wildlife activity
    • Seasonal allergies
    • Potholes and damage to roads
    • Bikes and pedestrians
    • Underinflated tires
    • Motorcycles
    • Hailstorms
    • Speeding
    • Heavy Rain
    • Worn wiper blades

 

Wildlife activity

When winter is over, many animals start becoming much more active. For many animals, the mating season begins in March, and animals on the prowl for a partner can behave unpredictably. There will be more raccoons, skunks, opossums out that there has been in months, as well as the deer becoming more active. Drive cautiously, especially at dusk.

Related: Tips to Avoid Hitting a Deer with Your Car

 

Seasonal allergies

A lot of people will suffer from allergies at some point during the summer months, experiencing runny noses, itchy eyes, and scratchy throats. Because of this, they will take allergy medications, many of which can cause drowsiness as a side effect. Please make sure you take any medications according to the directions and if drowsiness is a side effect, don’t take it if you’re going to be driving.

 

Potholes and damage to roads

If you live in Chicagoland, you know that winter weather can cause a lot of damage to the roadways. Cold weather, ice, severe changes in temperature, melting and freezing cause cracks to turn into potholes, sometimes very quickly. Driving over a big pothole can sometimes cause serious damage to tires, steering, and suspension. Take care to avoid them when you can.

 

Bikes and pedestrians

Some people ride their bikes year round but many others put them away for the winter. When the weather gets nicer you will see a lot more bikes on the road again, as well as more pedestrians out and about. People on foot or bike can behave erratically sometimes and so you should be alert for them and give them plenty of space and right of way.

 

Underinflated tires

The extreme temperatures of winter can affect tire pressure, so every driver should check their tire pressure in the spring, or even before then. Underinflated tires can cause vehicle handling problems and speed up tire tread wear.

 

Motorcycles

Warmer weather brings vehicles back out onto the roads that may have been hiding all winter: motorcycles. Please watch for motorcycles when you are on the road, don’t follow them too closely and give them plenty of room when you pass them.

 

Hailstorms

Spring is the most common time of the year for hailstorms. Large hail has been known to crack windshields. A hailstorm can create some tense driving situation and really hurt your visibility. Drive carefully in this weather and pull over if you need to.

 

Speeding

When the warm weather comes, people just seem to drive faster. People can also drive less cautiously. Be careful not to drive too fast for conditions or to not have enough time to react to bikes and pedestrians. Rain can also create slippery roadways and a big puddle on the road can be quite dangerous when hit at high speed

 

Heavy Rain

Heavy rainfall is a part of spring in this region. This means wet pavement and sometimes large puddles of water. Pavement that has oil residue can be dangerous and cause your car to hydroplane. According to the Federal Highway Administration, almost half of all weather-related accidents occur while it’s raining. Rain can be more dangerous than we realize. Make sure your tires have good tread, drive with headlights on, and lower your speed.

 

Worn wiper blades

Winter ice and snow can damage your wiper blades over the course of a harsh winter. Wiper blades usually should be changed every year, and spring is a good time to do it. New blades can make a big difference when you find yourself driving through a spring downpour.

 

Please drive safe out there, no matter what season it is!

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Do You Need to Warm Up Your Car in Winter?

car covered in snow

In this post, we answer a question that has become more common recently: Do I need to warm up my car in winter?

The answer may surprise you.

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For many people, warming up the car first before driving on a cold day is just common sense. It’s just what you do in winter.

It’s what your parents told you to do when you got your first car. It’s what you’ve always done.

However, it turns out that this “common sense” may not be so sensible after all.

Both the Car Care Council and the Environmental Protection Agency advise against warming up your car and say it is unnecessary. 

“Unless you are trying to defrost the windshield or warm the interior of your car, idling is not required for today’s vehicles,” said Rich White, executive director, Car Care Council.

From the EPA:

“When a car idles for more than 30 seconds, it has several negative effects, such as increasing air pollution unnecessarily, wasting fuel and money, and causing excessive wear or even damaging a car’s engine components, including cylinders, spark plugs and the exhaust system. Contrary to popular belief, idling isn’t an effective way to warm up most car engines.”

 

Warming up your car before driving may have been good advice at one time, but in today’s modern cars, it is no longer necessary.

 

Why warming up your car is no longer necessary

Car stuck in snowAlmost all cars built before 1995 used a carburetor, which is the device in your vehicle that combines air and fuel.

Old cars with carburetors needed warming up on a cold day. If not, the carburetor might not be able to get the right mix of air and fuel in the engine, causing the engine to stall.

At the beginning of the 1980s, the auto industry started changing over to the electronic fuel injection method, and by the 1990s it was widely adopted, eliminating the need for a carburetor.

The change over to fuel injection made the problem of warming up the car before driving unnecessary because the fuel injection sensors monitor and adjust to temperature conditions.

This means warming up your car hasn’t actually been a necessity for your vehicle for over 30 years.

Still, this old practice still remains and is still even passed on as advice to people all the time, but it is no longer valid.

 

Conclusion

Low angle view to car tires.

If your car is not starting up on a cold day, it is likely because of a dad battery, frozen fuel line or a clogged injector.

Warming up your car in winter has no benefit to your car. Experts say that you should warm up the car no more than 30 seconds before you start driving in winter. “The engine will warm up faster being driven,” the EPA according to the EPA.

What does warming up your vehicle do? It wastes fuel, gives off greenhouse gas emissions and other pollution. It does nothing for your engine.

If your windshield needs defrosting, by all means, crank up the heat and defrost your windows before driving. But if you’re starting your car five minutes early because you think it’s good for your engine or car, you can stop.

 

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Takata Air Bag Recall Update

takata air bag recall update

 

In this post, we update you on the current status of the Takata Air Bag Recall as it stands for the beginning of 2019. 

The U.S. Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and the Independent Takata Monitor have released a progress report on the state of the Takata airbag recalls detailing information related to this important safety recall.

Updated information about the number of vehicles affected, what the air bag recall is and what you should do is below.

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Current Status of Recall – January 2019

The priority in 2018 has been to repair or replace parts for older Takata air bags, which are the most dangerous to vehicle owners while working to replace all recalled airbags.

The coordinated recall airbag replacement program schedule prioritizes the repairs into risk-based groups across 19 vehicle manufacturers.

Roughly 37 million vehicles equipped with 50 million defective Takata air bags are currently under recall.

Average recall repair rates across all manufacturers increased by 30% in the calendar year 2018. The number of unrepaired vehicles in Priority Groups 1–3 (the oldest vehicles in the highest-risk areas) has been cut in half in one year.

Replacing the airbags in the oldest vehicles has been top priority, but the challenge has been that older vehicles have much lower recall repair rates than newer vehicles. The most dangerous airbags are unfortunately most likely to NOT be replaced.

To help encourage recall repairs, there has been an outreach program to dealers, DMVs, independent repair facilities, insurers, auction houses, and used car dealers to help spread the word to their customers and all vehicle owners.

 


Important Alert!If you have not checked if your vehicle airbag has been recalled, we urge you to check immediately!

>> CHECK NOW: Recalls Look-up Tool


 

What is the Takata Air Bag Recall?

Tens of millions of vehicles with Takata air bags are under recall. The airbags need to be replaced because the air bags may explode due to long-term exposure to high heat and humidity.

These explosions put vehicle owners and passengers at risk because the explosions have been documented to cause injuries and deaths.

NHTSA urges vehicle owners to take a few simple steps to protect themselves and others from this very serious threat to safety.

View list of affected vehicles

 

 

What You Should Do

All vehicle owners should:

  • Check for Recalls using your vehicle identification number (VIN).
  • Get the Fix by calling your local dealer; it will be repaired for free.
  • Sign Up for Recall Alerts about any future recall affecting your vehicle.

 

Call us for assistance or air bag repairs in New Lenox (815) 485-8411


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Is Hail Damage Covered by Car Insurance?

Hail damage to car

Hail damage to car

Weather in this area can be crazy sometimes. Snow one day and sunny skies the next. Sixty degrees today and twenty degrees tomorrow.

The weatherperson on the news will try and predict the weather but we’ve all seen how sometimes no one can, even the professionals.

One type of weather incident that can sneak up on people is hailstorms.

A hailstorm can quickly come out of nowhere and cause a lot of damage to your vehicle.

If your car is parked outside during a bad hailstorm, you might just come outside afterward and discover a lot of dents on your car.

That will leave you wondering: Is hail damage covered by my car insurance?

 

Does car insurance cover hail damage?

It depends. If you carry the right type of car insurance coverage, your hail damage should be covered by your policy.

When you purchase comprehensive coverage on your vehicle, hail and storm damage to your car should be covered. Comprehensive auto insurance will protect you against theft, vandalism, and even hitting a deer, so purchasing “full” coverage could save you a lot of money down the line.

If you have basic liability only coverage, your hail damage will not be covered.

 

Hail damage to your car

The cost for repairing damage from hail to your car can sometimes surprise you. This is because the hail damage is usually spread across the entire vehicle: your roof, trunk, hood, and even side panels. That can create a lot of dents to remove.

Hopefully, you will have comprehensive insurance to help cover these costs.

It might seem like just a few dents, but hail damage can really affect the resale value of your car. It will be worth going through the dent removal process to get them taken out. If the damage is really bad, it might even require some auto body work or auto painting.

 

Deductible

Hail damage to carYour deductible is determined when you purchase car insurance on your vehicle. Most insurance companies require a deductible on comprehensive insurance, but sometimes a zero deductible plan is available.

If you have a deductible on your comprehensive coverage, you will need to pay this amount at the time you have your vehicle repaired. The cost to repair your hail damage will almost always exceed your deductible.

 

Can my car be “totaled” by hail damage?

Yes, it is possible if your car is old enough and the damage is bad enough, that hail could total your car for insurance purposes.

This would be most likely if you are driving an older vehicle. The insurance adjuster might decide that the cost of repairs is not worth repairing compared to the resale value of your car.

 

Fixing hail damage to your car

Free Repair EstimateIf your car has sustained hail damage, call your insurance agent right away. They will tell you the next steps you need to take and advise you how to file. You may be able to file the claim right there on the phone.

Make sure you take photos so that you have evidence of the damage for both your insurance company and your own records.

You will likely have to fill out a claim form. Your agent will advise you on when to seek a repair estimate.

 

Does filing a hail damage claim raise my insurance cost?

Hail damage is an “Act of God” that should not affect your insurance premiums.

 

We’re here to help

Not only will Probst Collision repair any hail damage to your car, but we are also happy to help you with handling your insurance claims. We want to help you get your car back like new as soon as possible.

 

Need an auto body repair shop you can trust?

Probst Collision is the top auto body repair shop in New Lenox, IL. We provide collision repair, dent removal, mechanical repairairbag replacement, and auto body painting in the local area to customers from New Lenox, Joliet, Mokena, Frankfort, Manhattan and other southwest Chicagoland cities. Contact us or get an online estimate.

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Holiday Car Travel Tips

Be safe. Drive smart.

Be safe. Drive smart.In this post, we share holiday car travel and safety tips from the NHTSA and the Car Care Council to help keep you and your family safe.

For many people, the holiday season means a road trip to visit family for Thanksgiving and Christmas.

Tens of millions of Americans will be taking car trips during the holiday season.

A downside to this is that more cars on the road mean more opportunities for car accidents. Not only are there more cars but there can be unpredictable and extreme weather conditions.

You can’t control the weather or the traffic but you can make sure that your car is fully prepared for the trip.

The non-profit Car Care Council advises checking the following items as part of your pre-trip safety vehicle check.

 

Car safety check for the holidays

  • Wear seat beltsCheck your brakes and make sure the battery connection is clean, tight and corrosion-free.
  • Check your filters and fluids: engine oil, power steering, brake fluid,  transmission fluid, windshield washer solvent, antifreeze/coolant.
  • Make sure your heaters, defrosters, and windshield wipers are working. Wiper blades should be replaced every six months.
  • Check your hoses and belts that can and make sure they are not loose, cracked, brittle, frayed or show excessive wear.
  • Check your tire pressure and tread. Tires should also be checked for bulges and bald spots.
  • Check that your exterior and interior lights and headlights are all working.
  • Check how long it has been since your last tune-up and oil change and have it serviced if it is close to being due.

Related: Winter checklist for your car

 

Holiday driving tips

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has offered the following safe driving tips for the holiday season.

  • Don't text and driveTravel at a safe speed – Drive at the speed limit, unless weather or road conditions make it so that you should drive slower. Driving at the speed limit when there is snow on the road can sometimes be too fast. Drive safely in work zones and use caution driving at night.
  • Don’t drive distracted – No texting while driving and keep your eyes on the road.
  • Wear a seatbelt – Wearing your seat belt increases your chance of surviving a crash. In 2017 alone, seat belts saved 14,955 lives. If everyone had worn seat belts on every trip that year, 2,549 more lives could have been saved.
  • Make sure children are always buckled or secured in age-appropriate car seats. Since 1975, 11,606 children ages 4 and under have been saved by child restraints. There were 325 children saved in 2017 alone.
  • Drive Sober – It’s the law! It can also be a matter of life and death. Designate a sober driver if you plan on drinking. In 2017, there were 10,874 fatalities in motor vehicle traffic crashes involving drivers legally drunk. These unfortunate deaths are entirely preventable.

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