Tips for Safe Driving During New Mexico’s Winters

New Mexico may not see 12 feet of snow during the winter, and nor do we see much, if any, ice. However, the Land of Enchantment isn’t immune to some form of inclement weather during the holiday season. Rain and heavy winds often characterize our winters, which is why you need to learn how to drive safe when the roads are wet and the winds are high.

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Tips for Safe Driving in Work Zones

According to theFederal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, approximately 700 fatalities occurin work zones each year. Though many of these accidents are the result ofunavoidable mistakes that may result from such factors such as limitedmaneuverability and large blind spots, the majority are the result ofinattention and reckless driving. You can help prevent accidents from occurringin Albuquerque work zones by brushing up on your tips for safe driving.

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What to Do after You’ve Experienced an Auto Accident

When you’re in an accident, what you do immediatelyfollowing impact is vital. From gathering information to documentation, it canmean the difference between easy claims coverage and a smooth repair process orhassle. So, what do you need to do to facilitate quick recovery from an autoaccident?

  • Move to a Safe Area if You are Able

If your vehicle is drivable,move to the shoulder of the road so you are out of the way of traffic. If youcannot move your vehicle, put on your hazard lights, cones or flares to alertothers to your presence and inability to move. Put on your parking break andensure it is safe to get out of your car before you open a door. Be aware thatsometimes, it may be safer to remain in your vehicle until emergency crewsarrive.

  • Make Sure All Involved are Okay

Check to see if anyone involvedwas injured. Some injuries may be evident—call 911 ASAP. However, some injuriesmay not be immediately noticeable. It’s probably best to call 911 anyway.

  • Call the Police

Even for a minor accident, callpolice. Nearly every insurance carrier want a police report to process yourclaim. If the accident is minor, a police dispatcher may advise you how to makea police report at a local substation if no officer is available.

  • Exchange Information

Exchange information with theother party, including:

  • Insurance information
  • License plate numbers
  • Names and numbers of the driver(s) and anypassengers
  • Makes and models of the cars involved
  • The name and number of responding policeofficers

Do not give out any personalinformation beyond your insurance and contact information. And do notapologize, admit to or speculate about fault. Anything you say could cost youcoverage.

  • Document Damage and the Scene

It’s easy to forget details asthe claims process drags on. Documenting the accident will help you provide thedetails your insurance carrier needs to process your claim.  Documentation that will be helpful includes:

  • Detailed photos of the damage and of the scene(including any street signs or signals)
  • Names and numbers of any witnesses
  • Notes about the circumstances and conditions,such as speed and direction you were traveling and what contributed/led to theaccident and how it happened
  • File a Claim with Your Insurance

As soon as you are able (maybeeven while you’re waiting for police to arrive), contact your insurance agencyto report the accident. The agent you talk to on the phone will help youunderstand what will happen to open and process the claim. They may alsoprovide some helpful tips for documentation you’ll need about thescene/circumstances to make the process go more smoothly.Oncethe accident has been reported, documented and “claimed,” you’re ready to beginthe collision repair process. And the first step for that is to get your car toQuanz Auto Body for a full inspectionand repair quote. We are a preferred partner by seven major insurance carriers,and we offer on-site Enterprise car rental. We make the rest of the accidentrepair process better.

5 Tips for Safer Winter Driving

Did you know that around 70% of accidental deaths thatoccur during the winter are not from exposure or exhaustion, but automobileaccidents? Don’t let a late winter storm catch you unaware. Here are five tipsto help drive more safely when conditions are less than ideal:

  1. Check Your Tires and Your Tire Pressure

Tires with worn treads can’tgrip wet and icy roads well, and less traction means a more dangerous drive.The easiest way to check the treads is the penny test: place a penny in agroove in the tire with Lincoln’s head down and facing you. Seeing all ofLincoln’s head means that the tire tread is less than 2/32”,which means it’s time to get a set of new tires.

Tire pressure can alsonegatively affect a snowy, icy drive. Cold causes the air in your tires tocontract. In fact, your tire loses about a pound of pressure for every 10°drop. If you already have underinflated tires, this can mean a significant lossof traction. Underinflation also causes more wear and tear on your tires.

  • Carry a Winter Driving Emergency Kit

A winter driving emergency kitcan help you when you’re in—or when you need to get out of—a winter drivingsituation. A winter driving emergency kit should include all of the regulars,such as:

  • Jumper cables
  • Flares
  • Flashlights

Your emergency kit should alsoinclude:

  • Blankets
  • Ice scraper
  • Bag of kitty litter

You can even add a small shovel.

  • Brush Up on Winter Driving

Brush up on your winter drivingskills before the snow and ice hit. It can be difficult to remember the tipsyou learned in driving school all those years ago, especially when you onlyhave to use them a few times a decade.

Q: A quick review: when brakingon ice, what to do in the event of a skid?

A: turn in the direction of theskid!

Q: When going up and down hills,how do you brake correctly?

A: slow, steady pressure (noquick stomps on the brake pedal).

Also be aware that sometimes themost important thing to do is stay home.

  • Go Slowly

No matter what type of car youown, wet, snowy and icy roads affect everyone. Don’t believe that just becauseyou have an SUV or a particular model of car, the rules of safe winter drivingdon’t apply.

Speed affects your car’straction, and without traction, you can find yourself slipping and sliding allover the road.

  • Ready Your Car

One of the most important thingsyou can do for safe winter driving is to make sure your car is ready for winterdriving. In addition to your tires, make sure you get your battery, wiperfluid, wiper blades and other essential car functions checked out by thetrusted professionals at Quanz. Thesesystems keep your car running well, even in the worst conditions. Don’tbe left out in the cold when our New Mexico winter throws its last punch atyou. The professionals at Quanz Auto Bodycan help ensure your car is ready for any driving conditions winter throws yourway.

5-Step Guide to Handling an Accident with an Uninsured Driver

Drivers in the State of New Mexico are required to carry minimum liability insurance, but that doesn’t mean they all do. If you have the misfortune of getting into an accident with an uninsured driver, here’s what you need to do: Continue reading 5-Step Guide to Handling an Accident with an Uninsured Driver

No Child Left Behind: Tips to Remember Backseat Passengers

We’ve not felt the last of summer’s heat, and you know that however hot it is outside, it’s even hotter in your car. That makes your car’s cabin a dangerous place for small children and pets. Stories about children dying because they’ve been left behind in a hot car are heartbreaking, in part, because they are completely preventable. To effectively prevent tragedy, consider these strategies: Continue reading No Child Left Behind: Tips to Remember Backseat Passengers

How Autonomous Cars May Change How We Drive

The tragic Uber crash on March 18th that killed a pedestrian in Arizona has slowed down the testing and development of autonomous cars. But we expect that as time passes and the investigation brings to light details about where the fault for the accident lies that autonomous driving software will improve and testing will increase.
In other words, autonomous vehicles seem an inevitability. So, how will their presence on roadways affect how we drive?  Based on what we know about Albuquerque drivers, here’s what we expect to see when autonomous cars reach New Mexico roadways. Continue reading How Autonomous Cars May Change How We Drive

Do’s and Don’ts for Dealing with Heavy Traffic

Morning and evening Monday through Friday. If you’re driving in the Albuquerque metro area, you’re likely facing some stop-and-go spots. If you find that you’re spending a lot of time sitting still, you have some choices:

  1. Find a new route
  2. Learn to enjoy life at rolling speed
  3. Get increasingly frustrated

Option #3 is obviously a recipe for disaster. But we have some tips to facilitate a quicker route or adjust your attitude. Continue reading Do’s and Don’ts for Dealing with Heavy Traffic