As much as we gladly open our doors to your dented and damaged vehicles, we would always hope that the cars we work on look much worse than the people who were driving them. Due to our years of Paintless Dent Repair and removal services, we have seen and heard it all when it comes to the causes of customers dents and dings!
We have comprised a list of tips and things to look out for when driving in icy road conditions.
- If you know the roads are icy and potentially dangerous, stay in. Unless it is an absolute emergency, it isn’t worth it. If you have a family, you are setting a good example for your kids.
- Beware of black ice. If you have never heard of “black ice,” you are about to be educated. When a road has a thin layer of ice on the surface, it sometimes appears to be black or much darker than how the road would look regularly. Black ice is most often seen early in the morning and in the evening when the sun is down. This does not mean that there isn’t black ice during the daytime hours. Stretches of highway or roads that are shaded by trees are susceptible to these icy road conditions. Under bridges or in tunnels are another place where black ice can be found. If you do hit black ice with your vehicle, the first thing to remember is to stay calm and collected. Freaking out and jerking the wheel or slamming on the breaks will put you and your passengers in a very dangerous situation that could cause a wreck. Do NOT slam on the breaks. Keep the wheel steady and just go with it. If you feel the back of your car “fishtailing,” gently turn your steering wheel left or right (in the direction of the swerve) in order to straighten yourself back out. Again, do NOT hit the breaks. To slow down in speed, gently lift your foot off of the accelerator. If you really want to be prepared for an encounter with black ice, head to an empty parking lot and practice.
- Pick up some sandbags from your local hardware store. . . only if you own a rear-drive vehicle. The weight over the rear axle will offer better traction. Tip: If you find yourself stuck in an icy situation, lay down some of the sand to create traction!
- Do NOT slam on the breaks! This will only set your car spinning. If you need to slow down or stop. PUMP on the breaks and ease yourself to a stop.
- Keep your distance and take it slow. Your best defense when driving in icy road conditions is to take is slow. Even if you are involved in an accident or collision, if you are only going 15 miles per hour, you and your car will have a better chance of coming out of it without significant damage. Always keep at least 4 car lengths away from the vehicle in front of you. If you do encounter an icy patch and start into a slide, you will have more time to regain control of your vehicle.
If you are ever involved in a collision due to icy road conditions and need help with dent repair and removal, IntelliDent will always come to you for an on-location damage repair estimation.
Drive safe this winter and always be prepared!
From the Paintless Dent Repair specialists of Oklahoma City.