Tips for Safe Winter Driving

winter road in the morning

Quanz Auto Body is Albuquerque’s choice for auto body repair, but that doesn’t mean we want to see you in our garage because of an accident on wet or icy roads. To avoid fender benders and major-damage collisions, learn how to drive safely in winter conditions.

Winter Driving Dos

When you need to venture out in the cold:

  • Wear a seat belt. No exceptions!
  • Pack an emergency kit with flares, blankets and extra food in case you are stranded
  • Reduce speed when roads are wet, icy or may become icy
  • Always reduce speed on bridges and overpasses as the air under them keeps them cool, making them the first places to ice-up
  • Plan your route to avoid icy areas and other areas that are present increased road hazards in inclement weather (like hills or roads that are not cleared of snow or treated for ice very frequently)
  • Steer into the direction of a skid
  • If you have anti-lock brakes: stomp on them to stop quickly
  • If you do not have anti-lock brakes: pump them to stop more effectively

If you do not know what type of brakes you have, call us. We can look up your vehicle by VIN or make/model and year to identify if you have ABS or not.

Winter Driving Don’ts

There’s really one big winter driving don’t: Do not use your cruise control. Cruise control maintains a constant speed based on sensors near the tires. When tires slip—on icy patches or hydroplane on water puddles—cruise control will cause your vehicle to speed up, which is the exact opposite of what you want to do to maintain or regain control of your car.

Of course, accidents happen. If you do have a wintertime crash, you can count on Quanz Auto Body for quality auto body repairs and excellent customer service that includes hassle-free insurance claim assistance.