That was a cold storm that recently passed through Flagstaff and Northern Arizona. Not a lot of snow but it doesn’t take much to wreak havoc on the roads. We were quite busy on Wednesday 12/4. Our dispatcher was fielding calls all day from Flagstaff Police Department, Coconino County Sheriff, and the Department of Public Safety, as well as numerous calls from stranded motorists. The tow operators were busy with everything from minor fender benders to tractor trailer rollovers.
Here in the office we had conversations with some of those that had the misfortune of being involved in the various accidents. Luckily, everyone that we rescued came out on the other side without serious injuries. It seems like many accidents were caused by motorists that refused to believe that there was snow out there. You know, as much as we love to be busy here at AM/PM Towing, it is unfortunate that accidents happen. Accidents that could easily be avoided.
First of all, SLOW DOWN PEOPLE! It’s called ice. And it doesn’t care if you have four wheel drive. You will slide if you are forced to hit those brakes. Give yourself extra space between you and the car in front of you. Start slowing down at a further distance than usual when coming to a stop. Avoid cuttng in front of other cars or making quick turns.
Secondly, check the weather. I go to www.NOAA.gov daily to see what kind of weather is headed our way. But there are many other sites out there that can give up to date info for the area you are travelling in. Over the years, I have noticed that the first couple of snow storms that hit Northern Arizona cause the most accidents. I have come to the conclusion that the reason for this is a) people have to get used to driving in the snow again and, b) people are caught off gaurd by the weather they encounter. Whatever the reason, I feel it is good to be aware of the conditions you will be driving in.
Even so, despite all of your precautions, someday you may find yourself in an accident. And when you do, give AM/PM a call. We are always here, always working. For all your towing needs (928) 526-4357.