BROOKLYN - The copious amounts of snow received by the borough so far this year have prompted auto body shops to warn drivers to be safe.

According to the National Research Council, there are more than 1.5 million automobile accidents each year in the U.S. related to poor weather.

Mechanics and auto technicians in Brooklyn say the winter season is always their busiest time of year, with common issues including burned-out transmissions, broken control arms and collisions.

Employees at Park Slope Auto Center say the problems stem from not only hazardous driving conditions such as snow and ice, but also poor driving habits. They caution drivers to go extra slow, even if they think they are going slow enough to be safe.

An estimate by the American Journal for Public Health put the economic toll of weather-related crashes at $42 billion a year. Mechanics say that even minor damage can cost drivers around $500.