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4 Great Lessons to Learn for Driving Safely in the Dark

Know how to stay safe while driving in the dark.  

The nights are starting to draw in and winter is rapidly approaching. Now, you may find yourself driving to and from work in poor weather and visibility conditions. To help, we’ve rounded up some essential tips for driving safely in the dark.

Pay attention to your lights

Your lights will prove to be your best friends while traveling in darkness. Before you set off, check that all of your lights are working correctly. Remember to check the signal lights and ask a friend to help you check the taillights. Remember to use dipped beams in urban areas. When there are no cars in front of you and there isn’t any oncoming traffic, feel free to use high beams. Remember to turn them back to low beams when other vehicles approach so that you don’t dazzle other drivers.

Keep the windows clean

Enhance your visibility by keeping your car’s windows clean and clear – both inside and out. Failing to do so will make them more prone to steaming up, and the glare from other vehicles on the road will also worsen.

Scan the road ahead

Read the road ahead for signs of oncoming drivers or wildlife activity. Watch out for pedestrians and cyclists, too, that become difficult to spot after dark.

Take breaks

It’s always recommended that you take regular breaks when driving long distances, but this is even more vital when you’re driving overnight.

We hope that these tips help you to drive safely in the dark this season! Make sure that you have an auto insurance policy that works for you. To get started on quality coverage, contact Abatelli Group, Inc., serving motorists in Whitestone and neighboring cities in New York.


Back-to-School Driving Safety Tips

Stay safe at the start of a new school year.

The summer break is drawing to a close and that means it’s back-to-school season. With college students packing up their cars to go back to campus and parents dropping off their kids at school, the roads undoubtedly get busier. When you’re out on the roads this season, be mindful of the increased congestion and possible distracted drivers. Take a look at these essential back-to-school driving tips.

  • Always wear a seat belt

This should be obvious. Whether you’re heading to school, work or just running errands around town, drivers and passengers need to buckle up. Seat belt save lives and prevent injuries – only if you use them!

  • Allow extra time

The roads will be busier in the mornings and afternoons thanks to school traffic. If you need to be somewhere for a certain time, account for the congestion and leave plenty of time for the journey. If you’re going to be driving somewhere unfamiliar, plan your route in advance.

  • Observe speed limits

Drivers should always abide by the posted signs for speeding and school zones no matter what time of day it is. Kids may be walking home from school in the early evening in the vicinity of the school.

  • Avoid distracted driving

When you’re driving kids to and from school, the opportunity for distraction is multiplied. Remember to put your phone down (that important work email can wait) and avoid eating behind the wheel. Multitasking behind the wheel means that you’re not paying attention to what is on the road. If a child chases after a ball in the road, you want to be sure you are prepared to stop.

Before hitting the road this season, make sure to replace any expired insurance identification cards in the event the driver needs to prove they have insurance during a traffic stop.

We hope that these back-to-school driving tips keep you and your family safe as another school year begins. For all of your insurance needs, visit Abatelli Group, Inc. We are ready to help you find reliable insurance today.


How Are Your Auto Damages Estimated?

Understand how your auto damages are estimated after an accident.

If your vehicle is damaged in a car accident, it is natural to want to know how to get it repaired as soon as possible so that you can get back on the road. One of the first questions you’re likely to ask, “What will it cost to repair my vehicle?” This can be an intimidating question since most of us are not in the auto repair business and have no idea what it costs for parts, labor, or paint. When you file a claim, your insurer will often send out an appraiser who will investigate the damage. Keep in mind that this isn’t an instant solution, but it does take the necessary steps to get your vehicle back on the road.

Once you call your agent or insurance company and let them know about the accident, you will be able to talk to a claims adjuster. After you give your statement about the accident, and you have coverage for the damage, the adjuster will send out an appraiser to inspect your vehicle or you will need to take your vehicle to a certain body shop. The appraiser will take pictures of the entire vehicle as well as the damaged areas. The reason for this is so that the insurance company can be sure that they are only paying for damages from the accident, rather than wear and tear.

The auto estimate will break down what work needs to be done to restore the vehicle, as well as itemizing parts, repairs, paint time, labor, and tax. The appraiser will compare part prices to ensure they are in line with guidelines your insurance carrier uses for vehicle repairs. Once this estimate is generated, the work will commence. Keep in mind that the shop may find additional damages down the road when the repair work is being completed. If this happens, the shop will submit another estimate, which can slow down the process.

Make sure that you have an auto insurance policy that works for you. To get started on quality coverage, contact Abatelli Group, Inc., serving motorists in Whitestone and neighboring cities in New York.


Tips for Parents with New Teen Drivers

Safe driving tips for parents.  

It’s a momentous occasion – Your teen just got their driver’s license! Although you’re incredibly proud of them for completing this milestone, it’s also a nerve-racking time as they take the wheel. After all, the statistics are concerning – motor vehicle crashes continue to be the leading cause of death in the U.S. for 15 to 20-year olds. If your teen has recently received their driver’s license, take a look at these tips.

Set driving boundaries

Discuss driving guidelines and boundaries with your teen before letting them have the keys. Perhaps you don’t want them driving more than 30 minutes away from home, driving at night, or driving their friends – at least until they have built up their confidence behind the wheel.

Explain the consequences

As an adult, you are well aware of the driving risks that motorists face every day. However, your teenager may not understand the consequences of their driving actions. Talk to your teen about how even a moment of distraction can have damaging effects.

Lead by example

Practice safe driving when you’re behind the wheel. Follow the rules of the road, avoid distracted driving, and your teenager is more likely to follow suit.

To learn more about auto insurancecontact Abatelli Group, Inc. for a quote. We can help you secure reliable Whitestone, NY car insurance coverage!


How to Avoid the Dangers of Driving on Black Ice

Top tips for driving in bad winter weather.

Black ice is one of winter’s greatest driving hazards, and it can make New York roads a dangerous place. The thin sheet of ice can appear transparent, meaning that many drivers don’t spot it on the roads and end up skidding. Equip yourself with the knowledge to drive safe and smart so that slippery conditions won’t compromise your next journey.

  • Black ice is more likely to occur at night and in the early mornings when temperatures are low. Keep in mind that the days are usually warmer, but that doesn’t mean the roads will be clear of black ice.
  • Clear the windscreen and lights between setting off so that you can see the roads clearly.
  • When moving off, only a light acceleration is needed. Anything more, you risk skidding and losing control.
  • If you see black ice, move slowly and steadily over it. Keep a straight wheel as turning the wheel could cause you to lose control of your vehicle.
  • Leave as much space as possible between yourself and the vehicle in front. Your stopping distance will increase significantly in wet, snowy, and icy conditions.
  • If you do hit a patch of ice, steer in the same direction as the rear of your car is sliding. Never stamp your foot on the brakes as this could cause your wheels to lock up.
  • Remember that studded tires, snow chains, and a four-wheel drive won’t help. These features can be helpful in heavy snow, but they are virtually useless on black ice.
  • Ensure you have a fully-stocked winter emergency kit in case an accident does occur and you need provisions until help arrives.

Now is the time to review your auto insurance and ensure you have optimum coverage for the winter ahead. To learn more about auto insurancecontact Abatelli Group, Inc. for a quote. We can help you secure reliable Whitestone, NY car insurance coverage!


Summer Road Trip Safety Tips

Tips for safe cruising on a summer road trip.

There’s nothing quite like hitting the open road during the summer on an unforgettable journey. It’s often the start of amazing memories! Before you get caught up in planning your next trip, be sure that you don’t overlook safety on the road this summer. Here are some easy safety precautions you can take to remain safe on your road trip.

Prep your vehicle. Perform regular maintenance like oil changes, tune-ups, battery checks, and tire checks. If you’re not sure where to begin, have a qualified technician inspect your vehicle.

Focus on the road. Avoid distracted driving at all times! Leave your cell phone out of reach when you’re behind the wheel so you’re not tempted to pick it up and scroll through social media.

Pack snacks. Sure, picking up food from a drive-thru may be convenient, but it isn’t often healthy food and multitasking behind the wheel takes your attention off the road. Instead, pack snacks like fresh or dried fruit, bottled water, nuts, and seeds.

Take regular breaks. Fatigue and decreased visibility at night can make it harder to drive safely and respond quickly to sudden changes. When you’re feeling tired, pull over for a quick nap or to grab some coffee.

Keep an emergency kit in your car. Prepare for the unexpected by keeping these items in your trunk:

  • Cell phone and charger
  • First aid kit
  • Flares
  • Flashlight and batteries
  • Jumper cables
  • Water
  • Blankets

Check your auto insurance. Your auto insurance coverage should be able to help you if you face accident or disaster on your journey. With quality coverage, you can feel rest assured that you are protected.

To learn more about auto insurancecontact Abatelli Group, Inc. for a quote. We can help you secure reliable Whitestone, NY car insurance coverage!


Driving? Turn on Your Do Not Disturb Feature

Stay safe on the roads by preventing distracted driving.

We all know that staying safe behind the wheel means keeping distractions to a minimum. Unfortunately, the rise of the iPhone and smartphones ensure that we are always connected to the digital world. The pings and buzzes of texts and social media apps have the potential to distract a driver from the task at hand. While many people can’t bring themselves to turn off their phone while driving, smartphones are finding new ways to prevent distracted driving.

Apple’s Do Not Disturb mode can help prevent motorists from using their phone at the wheel. This feature stops notifications, alerts, and calls from making any noise, vibration, or lighting up the phone when the screen is locked. Someone who texts a phone with this Apple function will receive an automatic reply saying the person is on the road and unavailable. In emergency situations, recipients of that message will be able to reply with the word “urgent” to push the message through. The driver can then tell that something needs immediate attention and can pull over safely and stop the car.

For more information on how to use Apple’s Do Not Disturb feature, click here.

Similarly, Google added the new mode with the Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL: once turned on, it promises to automatically identify when the user is driving, and cut down on the number of alerts and notifications they receive during that time.

Eliminating distractions from your phone can help you and others to stay safe on the roads. To learn more about auto insurance (open in a new tab), contact Abatelli Group, Inc. for a proper quote on your insurance needs.


Common Causes of Winter Car Breakdowns

Keep your journey running smoothly this winter by avoiding common breakdown issues.  

A breakdown is the bane of any driver’s life, no matter what time of year it is. However, a breakdown in winter is especially unpleasant as the cooler temperatures mean that motorists could be waiting for a tow truck in freezing temperatures. While nothing can replace safe driving habits and an emergency kit, you can avoid some winter breakdowns with these tips.

Dead Battery

It’s harder for car batteries to produce a charge in winter, meaning that it may not be able to produce enough energy to start your car when you turn the key. This could mean that you and your vehicle are left stranded in the cold temperatures.

Before it gets too cold, it’s a good idea to check your battery’s voltage with a voltmeter. Around 12.40-12.75 volts is enough to ensure reliable startups. Anything else and it could mean that you should look into getting a new battery.


Many motorists are driving around with bald tires without even realizing it. Tires are what keeps us in contact with the road, so it’s important to keep them well maintained in winter, especially when the roads are slick and icy. Treads help channel the snow and water away from the tires to help your car grip and maintain traction.

Check your tires before winter weather hits, and continue doing so regularly after it gets cold. Make sure that the tread isn’t too worn down. You can check this by placing a cent in the center of the tread with Lincoln’s head pointed in. If you can see his hair, the tread depth is too low and your tires need to be replaced. Also, ensure that you have your spare tire in the trunk at all times!

Fluids Thickening

When it gets cold outside, motor oil thickens, and that will make it harder for your car to get all the fluids it needs to run properly. Lack of fluids can even cause your car to overheat – in winter!

Get all fluids and oil checked out by your local mechanic. You may need to do a winter oil change and switch to a thinner oil that is rated well for colder temperatures.

To ensure your safekeeping on the roads, and quick roadside assistance if things don’t go to plan, visit the team at Abatelli Group, Inc. who can fit you with reliable auto insurance in Whitestone, New York.


Use These Road Trip Tips for Your Thanksgiving Drive

Heading out on a Thanksgiving road trip? Read this guide first!

With Thanksgiving just around the corner, many people across the nation are preparing to travel. Whether you’re heading north to visit the in-laws or south to catch a break from the city, it’s essential to prepare for your Thanksgiving road trip beforehand.

Plan Ahead

Take some time now to prepare for your trip. Plot out a route, along with an alternative just in case, and locate rest stops and gas stations. On the day of, put your destination on your GPS device to receive real-time updates about traffic, accidents, and road closures. Before you get on a highway, know your exit by name and number, and what the signs are as you near the off-ramp. Leave early so that you’re not pressured for time as, more than likely, the roads will be busy.

Tune Up the Car

Your tires are what keeps your vehicle on the road so it’s well worth they’re up for a journey before setting off. Check the tire pressure when the car is cold and top up as needed. Also, check that the tires are in good condition and have enough wear to last the entire length of the journey and back. If not, replace them! It’s also a good time to take your car in for a tune-up to get the heating/cooling system checked out, fluids topped up, brakes tested, and oil changed.

Watch Out for Trucks

Remember that larger vehicles take a longer time to come to a complete stop, so avoid cutting quickly in front of them. Be aware of their blind spots and always stay far behind them so that they can see you in their mirrors.

Review Your Emergency Kit

Your car’s emergency supply kit should include a battery-powered radio, flashlight, blanket, jumper cables, first aid kit, bottled water, non-perishable foods, maps, a tire repair kit, and flares. Remember to bring your cell phone car charger, too!

Keepan Eye on It

Distracted driving is a major cause of traffic accidents. Even if the kids are bored in the backseat, don’t take your eyes off the road. Drive safely – and bring games for the children if you need to!

Stay Safe on Fall Roads

The season of fall brings an entirely new set of challenges to the road. Check out our previous blog post about driving safely during fall.

Drive safely and watch out for those who don’t! Enjoy this Thanksgiving holiday by creating magical memories, not tragic ones. From the team at Abatelli Group, Inc., we hope that you have a wonderful Thanksgiving road trip. For the auto insurance that you need and deserve before the trip, contact us in Whitestone, New York today.


Do You Need Additional Auto Insurance When Working for Rideshare Companies?

Ride sharing and delivery drivers may be lacking coverage in their auto insurance.

Uber, Lyft, Ride Share, Postmates, DoorDash – the industry of ride-sharing and delivery has blown up! Drivers are (often) paid better than minimum wage, have no set schedule, and get to meet all sorts of people along the way. The general public love this invention, too!

However, since the rise of Transport Network Companies (TNC) and freelance delivery services, there have been disputes over what car insurance coverages should apply to the drivers and passengers.

If you drive for a rideshare company, it’s important that you know that your personal insurance does not cover your activities. Commercial use of your car is specifically excluded from your policy, so anytime you activate your rideshare app, your personal policy effectively deactivates.

Most major rideshare companies have some insurance they can extend to you, but it might not cover every portion of your journey. You need to make sure you have coverage for:

  • When your rideshare app is on but you haven’t yet accepted a ride
  • When you’ve accepted a ride and are en route to pick up
  • When you’re transporting your ride to his or her final destination.

Read your policies carefully and ask your insurance agent if there are any gaps.

To be safe and ensure you’re fully protected, talk to your agent about commercial auto for-hire livery coverage or, more simply, commercial auto insurance. Adding this kind of policy on top of your personal insurance ensures that you’re protected every time you put the key in the ignition, whether you’re doing so personally or professionally.

To learn more about auto insurancecontact Abatelli Group, Inc. for a proper quote on your insurance needs.