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.

Related: How to avoid winter car breakdowns

 


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You Can Be Liable for an Unsafe Vehicle

Unsafe vehicle

Unfortunately, over 2 million people in the USA are injured in car accidents every year.

Car accidents are most commonly caused by driver error. Sometimes though, accidents may be caused by an unsafe vehicle

If your car is in poor condition, you can be held liable and at fault for damage caused in an auto accident.

In this post, we’ll discuss how a poorly maintained or unsafe vehicle could cause you to be at fault, making you legally liable in an accident.

 

When You Are Liable for an Unsafe Car

You’ll be legally at fault in the following situations. These are all cases when you can be considered negligent by driving an unsafe vehicle.

 

You Don’t Maintain Your Car

Time for a spring check upIf you fail to maintain the safety of your car by getting it checked and repaired regularly, you may be deemed negligent. As a result, you’ll be legally liable for any damages.

Drivers and car owners have a “duty of reasonable care”.

This means that they are obligated to take steps to avoid harming or endangering other people. Failure to maintain a car falls under this umbrella.

Those involved in an accident can hire a personal injury lawyer to make a case against you.

Make sure that your brakes, lights, tires, and steering wheel are all in good working order. These are some of the most dangerous things to ignore on your car.

 

When You Let Someone Else Drive

You don’t need to be driving your car to be liable for damages.

If you let someone borrow your car, you could be held responsible for their actions while they’re driving your vehicle.

If you own a vehicle for business use, you can be held responsible for any accidents caused by employees who drive it.

You may also be liable if you are the owner of a family car, and a family member is involved in an accident while driving.

 

If there is ‘Negligent Entrustment’

Dog driving a carNegligent entrustment means that you allow a ‘reckless’, ‘unfit’, or ‘incompetent’ driver use your car.

If they cause an accident, you could be liable for any damages. This is not only because you have a dangerous car, but also because you’ve let a dangerous driver use it.

This would apply to the following types of people:

  • Underage drivers
  • Unlicensed drivers
  • Inexperienced drivers

Allowing someone who is too young to legally drive or doesn’t have a license to drive your car unsupervised is negligent entrustment.

 

Elderly Drivers

This applies to elderly individuals who would be deemed unfit to drive due to slow reaction times, sight problems, or other issues as a result of their age.

 

Intoxicated Drivers

If you allow someone under the influence of drugs or alcohol to drive your car, you could be liable. This could also apply if the individual is sober but likely to become intoxicated while using your car. An example of this would be if you loan your car to someone with a known addiction or history of substance abuse.

 

Reckless Drivers

This may apply when you allow someone with a history of reckless driving to drive your car.

 

Keep Your Car Safe

It’s important to keep your car in tip-top condition. Regular maintenance will not only ensure that it’s roadworthy but could also help keep you legally protected.

 

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Takata Airbag Recall

Takata Airbag Recall

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AIRBAG RECALL AFFECTS MILLIONS OF CARS

Have you heard about the massive airbag recall for vehicles which contain a certain model of Takata airbags?

The recall of Takata airbags recently expanded to include an additional 3.3 million faulty airbag inflators, making it now the largest automotive recall in U.S. history.

This is a serious issue that affected millions of cars. At least 20 people have been killed worldwide and more than 180 injured.

19 automakers have recalled up to 69 million inflators in 42 million vehicles. The problem brought a criminal conviction and fine against Takata and forced the Japanese company Talata into bankruptcy protection.

What you might not know is that the oldest of these airbags, referred to as “Alphas,” pose a 50 percent risk of a type of failure that has caused serious injuries and deaths. Nine of the 15 confirmed U.S. fatalities due to Takata ruptures were Alpha airbags.

While the majority of these airbags have been replaced, thousands are still on the road.

If you are unsure about the status and safety of your airbag, please contact us at (815) 485-8411. We are experienced in airbag replacement and repair.

 

What’s wrong with your airbag?

“All recalled Takata airbags have a serious safety defect. Exposure to high heat and humidity over time can cause metal parts inside the airbag to explode and shoot out of the airbag at the driver or passengers.

Testing shows that older airbags in places with hot and humid weather are more likely to have an airbag that could explode. Some airbags are not currently dangerous but will need to be replaced in the future.

Many are not safe right now and must be replaced immediately.”

Information from National Highway Traffic Safety Administration

 

What vehicles are affected by the airbag recall?

BMW

  • 2008-13 1 Series
  • 2000-13 3 Series
  • 2002-03 5 Series
  • 2011-15 X1
  • 2007-10 X3
  • 2003-13 X5
  • 2008-14 X6
  • 2010-11 X6 Hybrid

Chrystler – Fiat

  • 2005-15 Chrysler 300
  • 2007-09 Chrysler Aspen
  • 2007-08 Chrysler Crossfire
  • 2008-14 Dodge Challenger
  • 2006-15 Dodge Dakota
  • 2005-11 Dodge Dakota
  • 2004-09 Dodge Durango
  • 2005-08 Dodge Magnum
  • 2003-08 Dodge Ram 1500
  • 2003-09 Dodge Ram 2500
  • 2003-10 Dodge Ram 3500
  • 2007-16 Jeep Wrangler

Ferrari

  • 2010-15 458 Italia
  • 2014-15 458 Speciale
  • 2015 458 Speciale A
  • 2012-15 458 Spider
  • 2016-17 488 GTB
  • 2016-17 488 Spider
  • 2009-14 California
  • 2015-17 California T
  • 2013-17 F12
  • 2016-17 F12 TDF
  • 2016 F60
  • 2012-16 FF
  • 2017 GTC4Lusso

Ford – Lincoln

  • 2007-10 Ford Edge
  • 2006-12 Ford Fusion
  • 2005-06 Ford GT
  • 2005-14 Ford Mustang
  • 2004-11 Ford Ranger
  • 2007-10 Lincoln MKX
  • 2006-12 Lincoln Zephyr/MKX
  • 2006-11 Mercury Milan

GM – Cadillac – Saab

  • 2007-14 Cadillac Escalade
  • 2007-14 Cadillac Escalade ESV
  • 2007-13 Chevrolet Avalanche
  • 2007-14 Chevrolet Silverado heavy-duty
  • 2007-13 Chevrolet Silverado 1500
  • 2007-14 Chevrolet Suburban
  • 2007-14 Chevrolet Tahoe
  • 2007-14 GMC Sierra heavy-duty
  • 2007-13 GMC Sierra 1500
  • 2007-14 GMC Yukon
  • 2007-14 GMC Yukon XL
  • 2003-10 Pontiac Vibe
  • 2005-06 Saab 9-2X
  • 2006-11 Saab 9-3
  • 2006-09 Saab 9-5
  • 2008-09 Saturn Astra

Honda – Acura

  • 2003 Acura 3.2CL
  • 2002-03 Acura 3.2TL
  • 2013-16 Acura ILX
  • 2013-14 Acura ILX Hybrid
  • 2003-06 Acura MDX
  • 2007-16 Acura RDX
  • 2005-12 Acura RL
  • 2009-14 Acura TL
  • 2009-14 Acura TSX
  • 2010-13 Acura ZDX
  • 2001-12 Honda Accord
  • 2001-11 Honda Civic
  • 2003-11 Honda Civic Hybrid
  • 2001-11 Honda Civic NGV
  • 2010-15 Honda Crosstour
  • 2002-11 Honda CR-V
  • 2011-15 Honda CR-Z
  • 2003-11 Honda Element
  • 2010-14 Honda FX Clarity
  • 2007-13 Honda Fit
  • 2013-14 Honda Fit EV
  • 2010-14 Honda Insight
  • 2002-04 Honda Odyssey
  • 2003-15 Honda Pilot
  • 2006-14 Honda Ridgeline

Jaguar – Landrover

  • 2009-15 Jaguar XF
  • 2007-12 Land Rover Range Rover

Mazda

  • 2004-09 B-Series
  • 2007-12 CX-7
  • 2007-15 CX-9
  • 2003-11 Mazda6
  • 2006-07 Mazdaspeed6
  • 2004-06 MPV
  • 2004-11 RX-8

Mercedes-Benz

  • 2010-17 Mercedes-Benz Sprinter
  • 2005-14 Mercedes-Benz C-Class
  • 2010-11 Mercedes-Benz E-Class
  • 2011-17 Mercedes-Benz E-Class cabriolet
  • 2010-17 Mercedes-Benz E-Class coupe
  • 2009-12 Mercedes-Benz GL-Class
  • 2010-15 Mercedes-Benz GLK-Class
  • 2009-10 Mercedes-Benz ML-Class
  • 2009-12 Mercedes-Benz R-Class
  • 2007-08 Mercedes-Benz SLK-Class
  • 2011-15 Mercedes-Benz SLS-Class
  • 2007-09 Dodge Sprinter
  • 2007-17 Freightliner Sprinter

Vehicle recall information is from cars.com. Please contact your vehicle manufacturer for the most up-to-date information.

 

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How to Avoid Winter Breakdowns

                             How to Avoid Winter Breakdowns

Winter is the hardest time for all of us when it comes to health or vehicles. As the changes in season are predictable, so are the breakdowns of the car.

It is always a clever idea to prepare yourself to avoid the winter breakdowns.

 

Avoid dead car battery

Nothing spoils a day quicker than a dead car battery. No matter how expensive your ride, it still has a lead-acid battery under the hood. The average lifespan of the car battery is around 4 to 5 years. It’s always good to get them tested. The test is cheap and most of the shops complete the load test on your battery at no cost.

It’s also easy to discharge a good battery in normal winter driving; if you’re stuck in slow traffic during a short run on a freezing day, you can run a battery down with excessive use of electrical accessories combined with lower engine speeds. If you are a daily traveler you can give your battery a fighting chance by turning off the accessories for the last few miles before turning it off for the rest of the day.

 

Flooded engine

There are vehicles that come with independent ignition coils on the spark plug that are not as prone to cold weather failures. But there are also some cars that face problems during every winter. When the spark plug is worn their electric supply cables become deteriorated, that makes it easy for the injected engines to flood in the cold start. To be safe it is required to check the system in every 100 miles and maintenance is required.

 

Related Post: Winter checklist 

 

Frozen Doors/locks/ windows:

If you ever bought silicone spray you can save it for the winters and use it to protect your doors, windows, and locks before they freeze. When the temperature is hot during the winters, you can apply that silicone spray on the door locks and windows. Don’t try to substitute just any lubricating spray for these jobs. If there are any oil compounds in the spray they will deteriorate rubber weather-seals and certain plastics faster.

 

Flat Tires:

If your car is older than six years that means your tire needs inspections since you can be driving the leaky wheel rims. The alloys can create some leaks as the time passes and because of the leaks, the tire rubbers can seal. The minor leaks in the warm weather can be risky in the chilly weather. An effortless way to test your wheels is to wipe a sudsy wet wash-mitt on the rim’s edge (where the rubber meets the metal) and look for bubbles caused by escaping air. Applying the coats on the wheel can keep the leak away.

 

 

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Tire Pressure in Winter

Tire Pressure in Winter

 

It important to remember to check the tire pressure this winter before driving so you have a safe journey and optimal tire performance.

 

Here are some strategies to make sure that the tire pressure is perfect for driving in the cold weather.

 

Remember that the tire pressure varies as the temperature fluctuates and in this area, the temperature often changes daily. In winters as the time changes, when days are shorter and colder, it’s very important to check tire pressure.

 

Its recommended that you review your car’s manual to check the correct tire pressure of the car. The recommended tire pressure is in the manual and the placard of the vehicle is based on the inflation pressure. Your manual’s recommended tire pressure is more reliable than the number listed on the tire.

 

Related Posts: Preparing your car for winters 

 

In North America, the temperature fluctuation is at the average of 50 degrees which means that the tire pressure changes by 5psi and every 20 degrees the pressure drop by 2psi. A drop of 5psi during winters can affect the handling, traction, and durability.

 

If your car is parked in the heated garage and later your car goes out in the wintry weather, with every 10 degrees drop the tire pressure reduces by 1 psi. Incorrect tire pressure can also lower the gas mileage by 0.3% and can improve the fuel efficiency by 3.3% if the correct tire pressure is maintained.

 

It’s important to check the tire pressure whenever there is a change in the weather and check the tire PSI more often in the winter.

 

 

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Preparing Your Car for Winter

Car stuck in snow

Winter can be hard on us with it’s cold, snow, overcast days and additional stress. But it can also be hard on our cars.

When winter and snow finally arrives, will your car be ready?

The things that go wrong with your car in winter and the emergencies you face are actually fairly predictable. That’s a good thing because it means you have a chance to prepare yourself.

It’s going to get snowy and slippery. There will be extreme temperatures. Engines don’t start and car batteries are vulnerable. You may find yourself temporarily stranded somewhere.

All these are events you can prepare for.

Let’s review a list of ways you can prepare your car for winter.

 

Preparing your car for winter

  • Have your battery tested or replaced
  • Check your fluid levels
  • Test heater and window defroster
  • Replace your windshield wipers
  • Check your tire pressure
  • Have a winter emergency kit in trunk
  • Wash and wax exterior

Related: Winter Driving Tips to Stay Safe

car maintenance

Have your battery tested

Battery testing takes only a few minutes. Your mechanic might even do it for free, especially if they’re doing another service such as changing your oil.

Check your fluid levels

Too keep your car running at its best, especially in winter, make sure all your fluids are topped off.

  • Windshield wiper fluid
  • Power steering fluid
  • Engine coolant
  • Brake fluid
  • Antifreeze
  • Oil

Winter car accident

Test heater and defroster

This is an easy one to do. Don’t wait until it’s 20 degrees to find out the heater isn’t blowing hot air.

Replace your windshield wipers

Windshield wipers will only typically last 2-3 years until they show signs of wear. This can really affect your vision during a snowstorm and make your car unsafe.

Related: Tips for avoiding winter collisions

Check your tire pressure

When temperatures drop, so will your tire pressure. Check that they are filled to the proper pounds per square inch listed on the sticker inside the driver’s door or your car’s owner manual.

Have a winter emergency kit in trunk

  • Spare tire, wheel wrench, and tripod jack
  • Ice scraper and snow brush
  • Small shovel
  • Jumper cables
  • Toolkit
  • Flashlight
  • First aid kit
  • Windshield cleaner
  • Reflective triangles or flares
  • Candles, lighter or matches
  • Portable cell phone charger
  • Nonperishable, high-energy foods like unsalted, canned nuts, dried fruits and hard candy
  • Blankets, mittens, socks, and hats

Wash and wax exterior

Washing and waxing your car can make rain, snow and ice slide off your roof easily as well as protect your exterior.

 

Most importantly, slow down! Most car accidents are a result of driving too fast for conditions. All-wheel drive and driving an SUV won’t prevent an accident due to driving fast in slippery conditions.

 

Need your car repaired after an accident?

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Winter driving safety resources

How to prepare your car for winter – Chicago Tribune
Here’s how to avoid five common winter breakdowns – Driving
It’s easy to prepare your vehicle for the ice, snow and freezing temperatures – Driving
Be Prepared for Winter Driving – National Safety Council
5 Steps to Prepare Your Car for Winter – US News & World Report
How to Prepare a Car for Winter Driving – WikiHow

Tips for Avoiding Winter Collisions

Winter car accident

When harsh winter weather arrives in northern Illinois, car accidents and vehicle collisions begin to rise.

Even though this will keep our auto body repair shop busy, we don’t really like all these accidents. Many collisions result only in dents to be repaired but any car accident puts people in danger and can cause serious injuries.

Accidents happen but often they can be avoided. We’ll share some tips for avoiding winter car accidents. 

Illinois is ranked #7 in the nation for winter car accidents by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. (Ohio is #1 with Pennsylvania close behind.) That’s not really a top ten we want to be in but we hope it reminds you that winter collisions are a real threat in our state.

In Illinois, the average cost of a winter collision repair is $2,600. Slow down to save lives – and money.

 

Avoiding winter collision tips

  • Slow down when weather conditions are wet, cold or snowy.
  • Leave extra space between you and the car in front of you.
  • Avoid distractions: phone, playing with the radio, eating in the car.
  • Replace your windshield wiper blades to improve visibility.
  • Replace your tires if their treads are worn.
  • Make sure your tire pressure is at the recommended level.
  • Don’t overreact if you start to skid.
  • Accelerate/decelerate slowly and try to avoid braking abruptly.
  • Don’t underestimate slipperiness of the roads.
  •  Beware ice on bridges, underpasses, low areas or shaded areas and intersections.
  • If you’ve been in a minor accident or your car stalls, pull over and stay in your vehicle.
  • Watch for deer in rural areas, especially in November and December.

Most common times for winter car accidents

The most common times for deadly winter car accidents were around 9 a.m. and 2 p.m.

Related: Tips to Avoid Hitting a Deer with Your Car

Most common day of week for winter car accidents

Saturday, by far, is the most common day to get into a deadly accident. Friday is a close second.

Most common causes winter car accidents

The most common causes of car accidents in winter aren’t really any different than any other time of the year: distracted driving, excessive speeding, and tailgating.

Related: How to choose the right tires for driving conditions

All three of these common causes of accidents are preventable!

When the snow is falling, put away your phone, slow down for conditions and leave extra room between you and the car in front of you.

Bonus tip: Put away your phone, don’t speed and don’t tailgate all year long and you will be less at risk for accidents.

 

 

 

 

 

Need your car repaired after an accident?

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Most Common Types of Car Accidents

Front end collision

There is over 5 million car crashes in the United States each year. Luckily, most car accidents are not fatal. Even so, any car accident has the potential to cause you financial distress and sometimes long-term pain.

The average American will be involved in three car accidents during their lifetime. Most car accidents are preventable. The more you can avoid the better, so by learning about types of accidents, you can help yourself avoid them.

Here are the most common types of car accidents:

  • Rear end collisions
  • Single vehicle crashes
  • T-Bone collisions (accidents at intersections)
  • Sideswipes where lanes merge
  • Low-speed accidents

Rear end collisions

Rear end collisions are by far the most common type of car accident. Most of the time these accidents do not lead to serious injury but that doesn’t mean they can’t be avoided. The majority of rear-end collisions could be avoided simply by not following the car in front of you so closely. This gives you more time to react and even a half of a second could be the difference between a collision and a close call.

Single vehicle crashes

Single vehicle crashes, meaning there is only one car involved in the accident are also very common. These types of car accidents include sliding on ice or rain, running off the road, swerving too quickly, breaking too hard, and hitting other objects. Single vehicle crashes often happen because a driver overcorrects for a small mistake, such as steering to the left too quickly when the car enters the shoulder slightly. Other common causes include speeding and driving too fast for conditions. Many can be prevented by slowing down, going the speed limit, not driving too fast during a storm and not overreacting to other hazards.

Related: Winter Driving Tips You Need to Know to Stay Safe

T-Bone accidents

T-bone collisions happen at intersections where lanes of traffic cross each other. They are most frequently caused by a driver running a red light or by making a left turn without yielding to oncoming traffic. These can be very dangerous accidents but are almost entirely preventable. You should use caution at intersections and not try to speed through them. Pay attention to other vehicles because even though you may be driving carefully, others may not be.

Sideswipes where lanes merge

Swiping other vehicles where traffic lanes merge is a common type of accident. These are commonly caused by a failure of the merging driver to check their blind spots. Always carefully check all sides when merging lanes and don’t speed other because it may prevent other drivers from seeing you in their blind spots.

Related: Tips to Avoid Hitting a Deer with Your Car

Low-speed accidents

Low-speed accidents often happen in areas such as parking lots. They may not be a serious threat to drivers but can be a big danger to pedestrians. Check carefully for pedestrians, avoid driving to fast and look out for other drivers before reversing.

We hope this information can help keep you safe!

 

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Tips to Avoid Hitting a Deer with Your Car

If you’ve ever come close to hitting a deer, then you probably still remember that stressful event to this day. The racing heart, the adrenaline, the feeling of not being sure you can avoid an accident. It’s a scary situation.

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, there were 1.5 million deer-related vehicle accidents in 2016. This cost drivers and insurance companies more than $1 billion in collision and dent repairs.

To help try and keep you safe, we’ve listed some tips to avoid hitting a deer with a car. Follow these tips and stay alert to help keep safe.

 

Tips on avoiding a car accident with a deer

  • Be alert during the dawn and dusk hour when deer are most active.
  • Most deer/car collisions occur during fall and early summer.
  • If you see one deer, watch for others. They often travel in packs.Caution deer crossing sign
  • Deer can take off suddenly. Don’t assume a standing deer won’t take off running.
  • Slow down! Even a few mph slower could give you more time to react.
  • Be alert when driving through an area where deer may be.
  • When you see a sign for a deer crossing warning, take it seriously.
  • Slow down around curves in areas where deer are known to occur.
  • Be aware that deer often use woodlots, fencerows, field edges or areas near water.
  • Scan the roadsides for the “eyeshine” of deer ( the reflection of headlights in the deer’s eyes).
  • Honk your horn and flash your lights if you see a deer in the road.
  • If deer are near the road, tap the brakes or use the emergency flashers to alert other drivers.
  • Stay calm. Use your breaks but don’t swerve wildly. Deer can cause accidents without you hitting them.
  • Don’t tailgate. Many severe deer accidents are caused when another vehicle becomes involved.

Related: Winter driving tips

When do most deer accidents occur?

  • Dawn: 5am to 8am
  • Dusk: 5pm to 10pm
  • Late fall: October, November, and December
  • Early summer: May and June

You need to keep alert when you are in an area where deer may be (in a rural area, near a forest, field or farm), especially

What to do if you hit a deer

  • Pull over and move your car to a safe area if possible.
  • Keep your car and yourself out of the roadway and a potential accident with another car.
  • Call the police. Let them know if the deer is blocking traffic and creating a threat to other drivers.
  • If the collision results in injury or property damage, you may need to fill out a police accident report.
  • Document the accident for your insurance. If possible, take photos of the road surroundings, damage to the vehicle, and any injuries.
  • Stay away from the deer. An injured and frightened deer could hurt you with their strong legs and hooves.
  • Inspect your vehicle before assuming it is still drivable.
  • Don’t assume your vehicle is safe to drive. Check for leaking fluids, loose parts, tire damage, broken lights, a hood that won’t latch and any other safety hazards. If your car might be unsafe in any way, call for a tow truck.
  • Contact your insurance agent.

Average cost of a deer-vehicle collision

The average cost of repairs for a car hitting a deer is between $3,500 and $5,000. According to State Farm Insurance, the national average insurance claim is $4,100.

Do you have to pay a deductible if you hit a deer?

That depends on your insurance policy. Rumors that you don’t have to pay a deductible because hitting a deer is “an act of God” are not true. Damage to your vehicle from hitting a deer is covered under the comprehensive coverage portion of your insurance, sometimes referred to as “other than collision”. Some companies offer a zero deductible option on comprehensive, but you will pay a higher price for that option. If you have only insured your vehicle for the minimum amount of coverage required to meet state law, then it is likely you will have to pay a deductible.

Need your car repaired after an accident?

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Call (815) 485-8411

How to choose the right tires for driving conditions

The Right Tires For Your Car

Choosing the right set (or sets) of tires can help create a safer, more comfortable ride in a variety of weather and driving conditions.

Which tires best match my driving conditions?

It is important to analyze your driving conditions and then pick the tires that best suit them. Do you drive your vehicle in dry weather? Or in rain and snow? Do you drive your truck only on highways, or do you also go off-roading? These tips and other similar information about specific driving conditions can help you choose the right tires for your needs.

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