Superior Auto Body Saskatoon has been in business since 1961, and we have been an SGI ELITE Autobody shop and have been SGI accredited since 1982. There are many reasons we have so many loyal longstanding clients from all over the city, but mostly it is the small, personal touches that we offer to people who have been unfortunate enough to require our services. We offer newer model courtesy cars and vans for our clients and to help out, we will also pick up your vehicle and take it to your SGI appointment for you and deliver the courtesy car to you at home. In our latest blog post, we share safety advice on driving a vehicle after an accident.
When to Drive a Vehicle After an Accident
Accidents come in a variety of forms. They can be as minor as bumping into the garbage can or scraping the fence, to as terrible as rollover and train strikes. Obviously the major accidents you aren’t going to drive away from them. But what about those that aren’t quite as bad? Is it safe to drive your vehicle after an accident?
Here at Superior Auto Body, our number one goal is to make sure that you’re safe. That means we are providing you with a bunch of information that will help you be a better driver, have more knowledge about the repair process, and ultimately keep you safer. That’s how we are working toward being the best collision repair shop in Saskatoon. Here’s a checklist of when to drive a vehicle after an accident.
Don’t Drive If Any of These Are Present
Injuries – If the accident was severe enough to cause injuries, it is reasonable to assume that the vehicle won’t be safe to drive. Of course, use your best judgment; if the injury is very minor things might be okay.
Non-Working Lights – A major area of concern is whether or not it’s even legal to drive your vehicle. Are your headlights, tail lights, brake lights, and turn signals all in good order? If any of them aren’t working, then you shouldn’t be driving on the streets.
Missing or Broken Mirrors – Legally you have to have two functioning mirrors to drive. Most accidents won’t damage your rear-view mirror, but many of them could remove your side mirrors. If both the driver’s side and passenger’s side mirrors are broken, damaged, or missing, you shouldn’t be driving the vehicle.
Leaking Fluids – Modern vehicles shouldn’t leak any fluid. If yours is leaking coolant, you risk overheating. Leaking oil, you risk major engine damage. Leaking gasoline, you risk a fire. Even a short drive can cause major damage and be a risk.
Bent or Broken Wheels – A visual inspection comes first to ensure that the wheels and axles aren’t bent or broken. If everything else checks out, and you start to drive noticing the vehicle pulls or simply doesn’t feel right, then it’s not safe to drive.
Hood Won’t Latch – Many accidents cause damage to the hood. If the hood won’t latch, you risk it flying up and blocking your vision. When you can’t see out the front, it’s highly likely that you will end up in another accident.
Broken Glass – Broken glass doesn’t always mean you can’t drive, but it often does. A busted windshield is likely to be an issue due to limited visibility. But if you backed into a tree and the branch broke out the rear window, it may not be so bad. Use your judgment, as most wrecks that break glass is bad enough to disable the vehicle.
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Points to Ponder Before Driving a Vehicle After an Accident
If you inspect the vehicle and it looks okay to drive, you still may not want to. Here are a few more considerations before you jump behind the wheel.
Let Insurance Work – If you have full coverage, it should include towing. If you were hit, their insurance will cover the cost of the towing. You can have them towed to Superior Auto Body Collision Centre directly, or wherever you choose.
Don’t Negate Insurance – If you drive and the drive causes more damage to the vehicle, your insurance may deny the claim for the additional damage. In addition, if you cause another accident, your insurance company may deny those claims as well.
Deductibles Apply Per Accident – If you drive and you do get in another wreck, at the very least you will owe two deductibles (they apply to each wreck).
Our team at Superior take pride in their workmanship… as we always say,
“When we get through it’s just like new”.
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