Driving Safety Tips

Hannabass and Rowe Collision Center Safe Roads

Hannabass and Rowe Collision Center wants to keep Roanoke’s roads safe by promoting driving safety tips. A better understanding of driving safety plays a large role in accident prevention.


Driving in Winter Weather Safety Tips


Fall Driving Safety & Deer

This is the time of year where deer are roaming out and about. Deer are most active at dawn and dusk. Be sure to slow down and stay alert. If you do find yourself in a deer-related accident, pull over to the side of the road when you feel it is safe to do so. If you need help with an injured deer, call the police. Then, call your insurance company.


Hannabass and Rowe Collision Center is helping the National Highway Traffic Safety Association (NHTSA) promote child safety with their Summer heatstroke campaign. Check out our safety blog for more details on how you can help prevent child deaths by taking action. Remember to #CheckForBaby. Visit the Safecar.gov pledge page to help our Roanoke community keep our children safe in hot Summertime weather.


Safe Roads on St. Patrick's Day

Check out our blog: 5 Ways to Keep Roanoke Roads Safe on St. Patrick’s Day. Driving impaired can empty your bank account, or even worse, cost a life. Plan before you party to have a designated driver. Roanoke offers a new service Back Lick Boomerang. They will get you and your car home safely this St. Patrick’s Day. Don’t test your luck. Don’t drive drunk.


SafeRoads PreparedForFallDriving

Is your vehicle prepared for Fall driving to keep #SafeRoads in Roanoke? Check out our latest Fall driving blog post for 7 items you should always have in your car to be prepared.

Teen Driving Safety Education

In honor of National Youth Day, Hannabass and Rowe Collision Center encourages you to take some time with your teen driver on safety education. The National Safety Council offers some advice to prevent teen driving crashes. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration offers some rules parents can set before their teen hits the roads:

  • No cell phones while driving
  • No extra passengers
  • No speeding
  • No alcohol
  • No driving or riding without a seat belt

Visit the National Safety Council’s Page: “A Teen’s Biggest Safety Threat is Sitting on the Driveway”

Help Prevent Car Accidents in Roanoke. Don’t text and drive. 

Texting and driving makes you 23 times more likely to be involved in an auto accident. According to a survey of 1,000 adult drivers, nearly 98% said they knew they shouldn’t text and drive, but admitted to doing it. And according to www.textinganddrivingsafety.com, 13% of drivers between the ages 18-20 who were involved in car wrecks admitted to being on their phone during the time of the car crash. Hannabass and Rowe Collision Center encourages Roanoke drivers to put down their phones while driving. #SafeRoads

Accidents do happen, but let’s do all we can to prevent car wrecks in the Roanoke Valley.

The Science of Distracted Driving – CNN discusses the dangers of distracted driving

Don't Text and Drive in Roanoke

Checking Wear on Brake Pads

Serviceman checking brake system in a car at garage

Usually, it is easy to remember to check your oil for a change. But, how often do you remember to check your brake pads? It’s actually really easy to do! If you look between the spokes of your car’s wheel, you should see a shiny metal rotor. The brake pads will be between the caliper and that rotor, and they should be about 1/4 inch thick. Brake pads are important to maintain. If there is too much wear, it will reduce the ability to slow down your vehicle. ‪#‎SafeRoads‬



• Before beginning your trip, know the current road conditions and weather forecast. For statewide highway information 24 hours a day, call 511 or go to 511virginia.org. You can also call the VDOT Customer Service Center 800-FOR-ROAD (800-367-7623).
• Make sure your vehicle is ready for winter. Be sure to check your:
– Brakes and tires
– Battery and ignition system
– Antifreeze and thermostat
– Windshield wipers and de-icing washer fluid
– Headlights, tail and brake lights, blinkers and emergency flashers
– Exhaust system, heater and defroster
– Oil
• Properly lubricate door locks prone to freezing.
• Keep your car’s windows, mirrors and lights clear of snow and ice.
• Always wear your seat belt.
• Leave a few minutes early.
• Start out slowly in the lowest gear recommended by your vehicle’s manufacturer.
• Be aware of potentially icy areas such as shady spots and bridges.
• Keep a safe distance of at least five seconds behind other vehicles and trucks that are plowing the road.
• Don’t pass a snowplow or spreader unless it is absolutely necessary. Treat these as you would emergency response vehicles.
• Keep an emergency winter driving kit in your car.
• Drive smart and pay close attention.

Virginia Department of Transportation