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Winter Driving Woes

Fred Beans CARSTAR repairs more vehicles each year that have been damaged by snow or ice  than in any other driving conditions. The months between October and February are some of the most dangerous months for driving. We wanted you to have the right safety information so you can stay safe on the roads this year, so CARSTAR compiled a list of safe driving tips for icy and snowy conditions. 

Check Your Visibility: 
• Add de-icer to your windshield wiper fluid.
• Make sure your windshield wipers are free of ice before heading out on the road – and consider updating with new flexible windshield wipers before the snow hits.
• Make sure all mirrors are clear and properly adjusted for visibility.
• Clean your headlights and check the bulbs in all of your vehicle lights – front and rear.
• Clear the snow and ice from the sensors in your bumpers, windshield, front headlamps and side mirrors. Clear snow from the roof of your car to keep other drivers safe, as well.

 Slow Down and Stay Back:
• When there is snow or ice on the ground, drop your speed to a safe limit.
• Leave extra distance between your vehicle and the car in front of you for additional safety.
• Do not use cruise control on icy roads.
• Use caution on bridges, overpasses, and infrequently travelled roads because these may be more slippery with ice than a well travelled road.
• Use extra caution when driving on one-lane roads, consider leaving longer braking times.

Skidding Safely
If your rear wheels skid…
• Take your foot off the accelerator.
• Steer in the direction you want the front wheels to go. If your rear wheels are sliding left, steer left. If they’re sliding right, steer right.
• If your rear wheels start sliding the other way as you recover, ease the steering wheel toward that side. You might have to steer left and right a few times to get your vehicle completely under control.
• If you have standard brakes, pump them gently.
• If you have anti-lock brakes (ABS), do not pump the brakes. Apply steady pressure to the brakes. You will feel the brakes pulse — this is normal.

If your front wheels skid…
• Take your foot off the gas and shift to neutral, but don’t try to steer immediately.
• As the wheels skid sideways, they will slow the vehicle and traction will return. As it does, steer in the direction you want to go. Then put the transmission in “drive” or release the clutch and accelerate gently.

Prepare for a Snow Day:
• If your vehicle has rear wheel drive, put something heavy like bags of sand to ease vehicle control.
• Pack a snow day kit just in case you are stuck. Important items to include are a blanket, gloves, hat, water, granola bars, flashlight, extra batteries, extra cell phone charger, flares, wooden matches in waterproof container, compass, scissors, rope and a first aid kit.
• Prepare a toolbox for digging your car out with foldable shovel, 2×4 planks to put under tires, ice scraper and snowbrush, reflective triangles, flares and exterior windshield cleaner.

Fred Beans recommends having a collision plan in place so drivers are not stranded on the roadside waiting for assistance.  We offer high quality, reliable repair service. In case of an accident, give our collision centers a call and we can send a tow truck, work with your insurance company, arrange for a rental car and repair the vehicle.

Contact any of our CarStar Locations with information below or visit us online at

  • Boyertown: 525 Route 100 North * 424-928-2436
  • Doylestown: 1100 Airport Blvd * 267-406-6204
  • Flemington: 172 US 202 * 908-905-0753
  • Langhorne: 250 N. Woodbourne Rd * 215-970-7728
  • Mechanicsburg: 6302 Carlisle Pike * 717-775-3070
  • Newtown: 10 N. Sycamore St. * 215-968-3800