One of the reasons people move to Asheville is the weather. From spring through fall, mild temperatures make it comfortable to stay outdoors all day long. Winter can be another story, however. We have had a long winter here in Asheville. The season started with a shocking white Christmas, but snow, ice, and cold have not let up since December. There are signs the cold weather will hang on through March. But spring is coming. 

OOPS! You have been involved in a vehicle accident. The first thing on your mind is “I don’t have time for this” and “What is this going to cost me?” When driving your vehicle around, the body of your car is your first defense to all the other two-ton death machines driving around you. So you don’t want to comprise that layer of protection by trying to do the job of the experts. It’s best to stay in your lane to avoid further damaging your car. 

Asheville, North Carolina is known for being a city of culture and entertainment. It has quickly become a center for economic growth, excellent careers, and rising property values for those who have made an investment in a home. It is also a city of unparalleled beauty, a place where mile-high mountains rise from the downtown skyline. Unlike other mountain and high elevation cities in the country, however, Asheville is not known for frequent bouts of winter weather. The average temperature remains relatively mild throughout the cold season. The mercury only dips below freezing about seven times each year on average, and the lower elevations of Buncombe County only see about a foot of snow annually.

Nevertheless, winter weather events that include snow, ice, and freezing rain occur several times each year. One of the things that makes our area unique is how different elevation and weather conditions can be from one town to another. In the higher elevation regions around the Tennessee border, some places average upwards of two or three feet of snow each year. When you are driving around western North Carolina in the winter, there are definitely hazards for which to watch out.

We are in the midst of the holiday season here in Asheville. Decorations and lights make for a magical scene everywhere you go. People are singing and carols are ringing and there is generally good cheer despite a difficult year for western North Carolinians. We are grateful for the season and all of the support we have received from our community, but we are also looking forward to the New Year. As we approach the day when the calendar starts over, people across the area are thinking about what kind of resolutions and goals to set. At First Aid Collision, we are here to help drivers set good New Year's Resolutions for their cars.