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Deer Car Accidents in Texas: how to avoid it and what to do after

 

Recent data from Highway Loss Data Institute of Insurance, claims from 2006 through 2018 the number of deer-related accidents increases in November.

Numbers are wary but you still have time to get informed and see how you can avoid a deer-vehicle collision. In addition, what can we do if you or a friend end up in that situation?

Continue reading Deer Car Accidents in Texas: how to avoid it and what to do after

 

Recent data from Highway Loss Data Institute of Insurance, claims from 2006 through 2018 the number of deer-related accidents increases in November.

Numbers are wary but you still have time to get informed and see how you can avoid a deer-vehicle collision. In addition, what can we do if you or a friend end up in that situation?

Continue reading Deer Car Accidents in Texas: how to avoid it and what to do after

5 Tips for Driving on Ice & Snow

Everyone knows that severe winter weather in Texas is fairly uncommon. Whenever the temperature drops below freezing and snow proceeds to fall, people tend to lose their minds. Just half an inch of snow will shut down schools and businesses for the day! With snow and ice in the upcoming forecast, we wanted to provide some helpful information on how to deal with driving in these nasty conditions. Here are five tips for driving in the ice and snow!

Always Be Prepared -Icy roads increase the risk of breakdowns and accidents. Due to this, it’s important to have supplies on deck in case you’re stuck out in the cold for a long period of time. An emergency kit during the winter should include: a flashlight, blankets, snacks, water, flares, ice scraper, shovel and a phone charger.

Navigating Hills – When approaching a hill or an inclined slope, make sure that you accelerating and gain momentum to carry you up. Try not to use the gas pedal as you climb the hill because it can cause your wheels to spin out in some instances. Once you’ve reached the top, lower your speed and descend the hill at a reduced pace.

Brake & Gas Pedals – Be sure to accelerate and decelerate at a slower rate than normal. This will allow your tires to gain traction easier which will prevent you from skidding. It also takes longer to slow down on icy roads, so ease on your brakes and take your time to stop when approaching a light or stop sign.

Turns & Skids – One of the main things you need to be on the lookout for is black ice, which is a thin coat of clear ice that appears glossy on certain parts of the road. If you ever find yourself skidding due to this hazard, be sure to steer your car in the direction you want to go and avoid hitting the brakes. Also, whenever you’re turning, make sure that you reduce your speed to avoid losing control on any icy surfaces.

Winterize Your Car – Make a note to replenish your car’s fluids and inspect it to see that the wiper blades, tire pressure, and battery are all functioning proficiently. You can also look into getting snow tires or placing chains around your existing tires to make navigating those icy roads a little easier!

With the New Year here, now is a great time to make sure that all of your insurance needs are up-to-date. Give us a call at 1-800-Thanks Al to have an agent review your policy to confirm that your auto insurance has the right amount of coverage for your family and your needs. We can also ensure that you are getting the best rate for your policy. You might even qualify for additional discounts, especially if you have your home insured through us!

5 Driving Safety Tips for Fall

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Goodbye summer, hello fall!

As we usher in this magical new season, there are many things to be excited about. The holidays are quickly approaching, the weather is getting cooler and it gives us all an excuse to dive into a pile of leaves. However, with all of the great things the fall season gives us, there are also some things we must be aware of and adjust to. Road conditions will drastically alter during this time and it’s important to make sure you understand how to adapt to these new changes. Here are the top 5 driving safety tips for fall!

Sun Glare – The autumnal equinox occurs during this season, which means that sun glare at sunrise and sunset will be intensified. This can blind your line of vision for a second or two, making it hard to see traffic, pedestrians, and other obstacles. To combat this, make sure that you have a pair of sunglasses in your car at all times or invest in some tint for your windshield.

Leaf Hazards – Although leaves can look beautiful during this time, they can also turn out to be very dangerous. They can hide traffic lines, potholes, and other road hazards, so make sure that the road has your undivided attention. Also, be aware of your break pressure because stopping on wet leaves can have the same sliding effect as ice.

Daylight Saving Time – There’s nothing quite stranger than leaving the office and it’s pitch black outside. Thanks to the time change, you will see less sunlight during the day, which will make it harder to see pedestrians and other drivers. Make sure that all of your headlights are functioning properly and know the appropriate times when to turn them on.

Heavy Precipitation – Rain, fog and frost are pretty prevalent weather conditions in the fall, so be on alert for these impending changes. Once the temperature drops, make sure that you’re on high alert for morning frost and icy spots on the road. Also, if you wake up to a foggy morning, make sure that you stick with your low beams and avoid using high beams. This will cause a disturbance in visibility by bouncing off of the fog and creating glare.

Deer & Other Animals – If you live in an area with a lot of wildlife activity, then you’ll probably see an increase of deer on the roads. The fall is also their mating and migrating season, so be on the lookout for any stray deer while on your drive – especially at night.

With the change of seasons, it’s also a great time to make sure that all of your insurance needs are up-to-date.  Give us a call at 1-800-Thanks Al to have an agent make sure that your auto insurance has the right amount of coverage for your family and your needs.  We can also make sure that you are getting the best rate for your policy.  You might even qualify for additional discounts, especially if you have your home insurance with us.

We hope that these tips find you well and keep you safe during the upcoming months!