Summer Safety Tips for Teen Drivers

If you have a teen driver in the family, you know how crucial safety and security is. This is especially true over the summer months, when young drivers are likely to spend more time on the road. More time spent driving equals a greater risk of accidents, especially when a motorist is inexperienced.

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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 the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, approximately 700 fatalities occur in work zones each year. Though many of these accidents are the result of unavoidable mistakes that may result from such factors such as limited maneuverability and large blind spots, the majority are the result of inattention and reckless driving. You can help prevent accidents from occurring in 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 immediately following impact is vital. From gathering information to documentation, it can mean the difference between easy claims coverage and a smooth repair process or hassle. So, what do you need to do to facilitate quick recovery from an auto accident?

  • 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 you cannot move your vehicle, put on your hazard lights, cones or flares to alert others to your presence and inability to move. Put on your parking break and ensure it is safe to get out of your car before you open a door. Be aware that sometimes, it may be safer to remain in your vehicle until emergency crews arrive.

  • Make Sure All Involved are Okay

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

  • Call the Police

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

  • Exchange Information

Exchange information with the other party, including:

  • Insurance information
  • License plate numbers
  • Names and numbers of the driver(s) and any passengers
  • Makes and models of the cars involved
  • The name and number of responding police officers

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

  • Document Damage and the Scene

It’s easy to forget details as the claims process drags on. Documenting the accident will help you provide the details 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 the accident and how it happened
  • File a Claim with Your Insurance

As soon as you are able (maybe even while you’re waiting for police to arrive), contact your insurance agency to report the accident. The agent you talk to on the phone will help you understand what will happen to open and process the claim. They may also provide some helpful tips for documentation you’ll need about the scene/circumstances to make the process go more smoothly. Once the accident has been reported, documented and “claimed,” you’re ready to begin the collision repair process. And the first step for that is to get your car to Quanz Auto Body for a full inspection and 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 accident repair process better.

5 Tips for Safer Winter Driving

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

  1. Check Your Tires and Your Tire Pressure

Tires with worn treads can’t grip 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 a groove in the tire with Lincoln’s head down and facing you. Seeing all of Lincoln’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 also negatively affect a snowy, icy drive. Cold causes the air in your tires to contract. 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 loss of traction. Underinflation also causes more wear and tear on your tires.

  • Carry a Winter Driving Emergency Kit

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

  • Jumper cables
  • Flares
  • Flashlights

Your emergency kit should also include:

  • Blankets
  • Ice scraper
  • Bag of kitty litter

You can even add a small shovel.

  • Brush Up on Winter Driving

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

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

A: turn in the direction of the skid!

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

A: slow, steady pressure (no quick stomps on the brake pedal).

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

  • Go Slowly

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

Speed affects your car’s traction, and without traction, you can find yourself slipping and sliding all over the road.

  • Ready Your Car

One of the most important things you can do for safe winter driving is to make sure your car is ready for winter driving. In addition to your tires, make sure you get your battery, wiper fluid, wiper blades and other essential car functions checked out by the trusted professionals at Quanz. These systems keep your car running well, even in the worst conditions. Don’t be left out in the cold when our New Mexico winter throws its last punch at you. The professionals at Quanz Auto Body can help ensure your car is ready for any driving conditions winter throws your way.

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