We’re in for the first significant snow and ice of the season over the next 24 hours, so it’s useful to consider how to avoid a fender bender or a more serious accident. Follow these well-known – but sometimes forgotten – tips, and if luck still isn’t with you, know that you can turn to us for assistance.

  1. Be prepared. Make sure your vehicle has a snow brush/ice scraper, cat litter or sand for traction if you get stuck, flares, flashlight, water, a few granola bars or peanut butter, and a blanket. If you’ve got them, pack your booster cables year-round, too.
  2. Slow down. It’s common sense, but in our hustle-bustle world, we tend to forget. Leave a bit more distance between you and the vehicle in front. Slow down a bit, and slow intentionally; avoid slamming on your brakes.
  3. Activate your headlights. It’s the law in NY to use them whenever there’s precipitation, and snow counts. We think it always makes sense to keep on your headlights in bad weather.
  4. Gas up. Don’t leave it to chance; make it a habit to fill your tank whenever it reaches 1/2 full. You’ll be more apt to fill up in nicer weather, and if you get into a challenging situation, at least your tank will be on the fuller side.

What happens if you’re in a fender bender or more serious accident? That post is best left for another day, but remember to have some writing paper and a pen – or the notes app on your cell phone – at the ready, because you’ll want to take down pertinent information, especially their auto insurance details, from the other driver(s) for reference.

Last, don’t hesitate to call your attorney.  There are strict deadlines for submitting the required DMV reports following an accident. Reach out if you need us. The attorneys at The Coppola Firm are here to help.