It can be upsetting to think that your vehicle can be damaged when you are just driving down the road. But it can and does often happen due to road debris. In many cases, the driver feels that he or she was doing everything right. But there are a few tips you can follow to reduce the potential for damage to your vehicle from road debris.

Stay Alert

It can be easy to slip into a state of mild distraction when you are driving. Especially on a long drive or when you are tired, your mind tends to wander, and you lose your focus on the road and your surroundings. And that is when you can miss seeing that branch or piece of metal in the road until it is too late. You hit the obstacle or run over it and damage your tires or even the panels on your vehicle as the debris gets tossed in the air. Other distractions like a cell phone, the radio, and even reaching for a drink can cause you to take your eyes off the road long enough to hit debris in the road. Stay alert to avoid costly auto body repairs from stray road debris.

Avoid Tailgating

Staying a safe distance from the car in front of you is simply a safe practice. But it can also help to reduce damage to your vehicle. Giving yourself more space between your vehicle and others allows for more time to brake if the other driver slams on the brakes. And this practice also allows you more time to avoid any debris that the other driver runs over.

Navigate Around Road Debris

When you see debris on the road, begin to slow down but do not slam on the brakes. That can result in a collision when the person behind you does not slow down quickly enough. Be aware of all the vehicles around you to avoid veering into another car when avoiding the trash in the road. Safely change lanes if possible to avoid the debris or gently steer around it when space is available.

Avoid Sharp Fast Turns

You would like to avoid hitting any road debris. But it is not worth rolling your car to miss a piece of tree branch or trash. Avoid sharp turns and slamming on the brakes. These maneuvers can result in a severe accident. Even if you hit the debris, any damage to your vehicle will be minor compared to a rollover accident.

Drive At A Safe Speed

In most cases, the posted speed limit is an appropriate speed. But if you are in an area with a great deal of road debris or the visibility is very low, a slower speed is warranted. It allows you more time to react to and avoid hitting anything in the roadway.

Watch Other’s Driving

If you see other cars suddenly begin swerving, slow down. The actions you are seeing are likely to be caused by road debris. Be prepared to take evasive action to avoid something blocking the road or other vehicles that have collided when trying to avoid road debris.

Be Aware Of Road Conditions

Understand that evasive action in wet or icy conditions could cause you to lose control of your vehicle. Make slow and slight adjustments to avoid an object in the road while maintaining control of your car.

When you need a repair to your car due to a collision with road debris, call (818) 643-6971. The pros at Master Craft Auto Body Shop are here to get the job done quickly and cost-effectively.

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