Holiday Travel and Vehicle Body Safety Tips

Holiday Travel and Vehicle Body Safety Tips

Wednesday, 21 October 2020 09:12

For western North Carolina residents, it has been a unique and challenging year. At the beginning of 2020, we expected an excellent beginning to a new decade would continue. Asheville, North Carolina has grown rapidly in the past few decades with thousands of new residents and hundreds of businesses calling our area home. Once buoyed by mostly tourism, the region has rapidly become a world-trade city with increases in technology, manufacturing, and other industries. 

 

Then the world faced a devastating pandemic that hurt every industry in western North Carolina. Employees were furloughed while tourism came to a grinding halt. 

But people in our area do what they have always done in the mountains – they looked out for one another. Even while avoiding as much physical contact as possible, neighbors still found ways to help their neighbors. People donated food, did their best to support local businesses, and as we begin to slowly and safely return to a semblance of pre-pandemic life, Asheville will be better than ever. 

For many families, it may feel like 2020 has already been a long decade, but there are still a few more months left before we turn the clock to 2021. Meanwhile, the holidays are quickly approaching, and many will travel from and to our area to visit family and friends as safe as possible. It may not be as busy as in previous years, but you can still expect increased traffic and danger throughout the fall into Thanksgiving and Christmas. Here are a few safety tips for driving during the holidays and advice about what to do if you find yourself in a fender bender. 

6 Tips for Avoiding Vehicle Body Damage and Driving Safely During the Holidays

1. Avoid the busiest travel days

The busiest travel days of the holiday season also have some of the most fatalities each year. Thanksgiving weekend, New Year’s Day, and Christmas rank 5, 6, and 7 for fatal traffic accidents. If you plan to travel for Thanksgiving, avoid Wednesday and Sunday. Instead, try driving on Monday, Thanksgiving Day, or Friday. For Christmas, the best time to drive may be mid-week. 

2. Avoid the busiest travel roads

If at all possible, you can try to avoid Interstates 40 and 26, as well as I-240 on the busiest travel days. These roads can be quite crowded any day, so they can come to a complete standstill during the holidays. When you find yourself stuck in traffic on these roads, you know you have a higher probability of experiencing a fender-bender.

3. Avoid the busiest parking lots

Are Black Friday deals worth getting parking lot dents and dings? If not, avoid those busy parking lots during the holidays.

4. Use your GPS guidance

GPS guidance can help you avoid traffic jams that frequently cause fender-bender damage. Even if you know where you are going, consider using your GPS guidance throughout the holidays

5. Make sure your vehicle is well-maintained

Practice proper vehicle maintenance to avoid breaking down while traveling. Make sure you change your oil, rotate your tires, service your brakes, and tend to your vehicle’s needs. Being stopped is always more dangerous than moving on the interstate.

6. Fix dents and dings quickly

To an extent, fender-benders, dents, dings, and body damage is somewhat unavoidable during the holidays. You cannot always avoid traveling on the busy days. You have to go grocery shopping regardless of the presence of every vehicle in the county. You want to visit the restaurants, art galleries, and natural wonders that make the Asheville area special. When your body gets bumped by swinging doors, shopping carts, bicycles, and other hazards, make sure you get those dents and dings repaired as quickly as possible. 

Whether you are from western North Carolina or just passing through the area, if you incur dents and dings during the holiday season, DentFX is here to help. You can contact us for a free estimate and paintless dent and ding repair services. We come to you so you can enjoy your holiday season with your family.