Car Stuck in the Snow?
Car Stuck in the Snow? What To Do Next

This winter, Calgary experienced snowfall levels that reached record levels. Many resorted to abandoning their vehicles, as a result of getting stuck and not being able to get their vehicles out of the snow. It is an unfortunate situation for anyone to have to undergo, but not a situation that is inescapable. Over the winter, if many were prepared with the proper tools to recovering their vehicles then they would have been able to travel to their destinations both happily and safely.


Remove Surrounding Snow
The first thing you will want to do, once your car is stuck in snow, is to remove any snow that is surrounding the wheels of your car that are stuck in the snow. You can use your hands for this, but it will be best to use a shovel if you have one.


Get Traction for Tires
Whether it be planks of wood, gravel, or sand, it is important that your tires have something to grab onto so that they can roll off of the snow. Place any of these items in front, and behind, your tires so that once you drive the car your tires have some grip.


Drive the Car
There are a few more tricks that will help your car regain traction. Using a vehicle’s four-wheel drive system or lowest gear, for example, will allow the car to produce more torque. After you have prepared the area, around your tires, you should try to drive your car out of the snow. Do not press your gas pedal all the way, so as to allow your wheels to slip, but press the pedal moderately so that the car can have enough power to move forward. If you discover that your car can no longer move forward, then place the car in reverse until it cannot reverse, then repeat the process; alternating between forwards and backwards.


Have Someone Pull You Out
In the worst-case scenario, you may have to call a tow truck or a friend to pull you out of the snow. A vehicle with adequate traction, power, and a winch can easily pull a stuck vehicle out of a sticky situation.


The best way to ensure that you are prepared for a situation, such as removing your car from snow, is to pack the proper gear into your car. Having tools, such as a shovel, can make rescuing your vehicles so much easier.

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Driving Safely on Icy Roads
Driving Safely on Icy Roads

Icy roads pose a different type of challenge than every day driving conditions. Often times people cannot see ice before driving on it, and when combined with improper preparation this can lead to an accident. It has been reported that car accidents increase about 30% during the winter months. For these reasons, we have prepared a few tips to help you be safer when driving on icy roads.


Stay Aware
You cannot prepare for icy weather if you do not know when it is coming. Stay up to date with the forecast and road closures in your area. Check to see if there are any accidents or dangerous conditions on the path that you will be driving.


When driving in slippery conditions, be aware of the location that you are traveling so that you do not have to make sudden stops of turns; smooth is safe. Keep your headlights on so that you can properly see the road ahead of you and any obstacles that may be in your path.


Prepare Your Vehicle

As the winter months approach, you should begin preparing your car. This includes replacing your summer tires with winter tires, or at least all-season tires. Winter tires will allow for your tires to have the best possible traction under slippery purposes. Following your tire replacement, begin placing necessary snow removal tools in your vehicle. These tools should include an ice scraper so that you can remove snow and ice from your windows, if your vehicle has been sitting for a period of time.


Drive Cautiously

It is very important that you pay attention to the road when driving under slippery conditions. Avoid distractions such as cell phones, people, and music when driving. You should give extra space to the vehicles around you as well. This extra space will allow for everyone to have adequate room for braking and an escape route if an accident should occur.


Speed also plays a large role in safety when driving on ice. Be cautious of your speed and avoid excessive speeds. Driving at a moderate speed will not only give you time to react appropriately but will allow you to have better control in the event that your vehicle loses traction.


Vehicle Control
In the event that you find your vehicle losing control, remain calm. Panicking in this type of situation will result in you possibly making a fatal error. If possible, apply your brakes smoothly and attempt to come to a stop; do not pump your brakes as this will unsettle your car’s suspension. If your foot is still on the accelerator when you are losing control, slowly remove your foot off of the accelerator and steer in the direction that you would like for the car to go.


If possible, it is always best to avoid traveling when weather conditions are poor. If you cannot avoid the roads during icy conditions, these tips will help you be safe and avoid any accidents during your journey. With careful planning, alertness, and a cautious approach you should be able to make it from point A to point B safely.


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Car Emergency Kit
The best emergency kit essentials to carry around with you

Imagine one day you are driving down a windy road and suddenly you feel the steering wheel tug to the right. The next thing you know you are stuck in a ditch. The temperature is dropping, and it is getting dark outside. You walk outside to assess the damage, and you notice the front bumper is severely dented on the right side, and the two front tires are flat. If you have roadside assistance and phone service, then you are in luck. If you do not have phone service or roadside assistance, then you have to wait and hope that a nearby motorist will stop and help. It will be a long night if you do not have an emergency roadside kit on hand.


If nobody is able to get out and help you, a simple emergency road kit will keep you warm and hydrated until help arrives. The contents of an emergency road kit will depend on where you live, your driving habits, and the age of your vehicle. It is better to be overprepared than underprepared if you can help it. You should never skip out on food, water, and heat.

A simple, yet effective emergency kit will include any of the following items:

1) Jumper cables
2) Flashlight and spare batteries
3) First-aid kit
4) Towels
5) A few blankets
6) Ice scraper (if you live in an area that receives a lot of snow)
7) Energy bars and a few other snacks
8) A gallon of water
9) Some motor oil


Once all of the items are assembled together, they should be placed somewhere safe in your vehicle where they will not slide around. The emergency kit can be strapped down in the trunk or tucked away under a passenger seat. The items do not have to be placed in a toolbox or other heavy-duty box, a cardboard box will suffice.


Some retail shops and online stores will have an emergency car kit already prepackaged for sale.


If you ever find yourself in a potentially dangerous situation, it is always good to make sure that you are safe before diving straight into the emergency kit. If your car breaks down in the middle of the road or you are involved in a bad car crash, try your best to get off the road and out of harm’s way.

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Fixing Your Car
Fixing Your Car Before Selling It

The time has come to sell your car, and all you want is to make it look appealing, so you will not only get offers quickly, but also get as much money from your sale as possible. A prime way to ensure you get the best price possible is to check the car for needed repairs that might otherwise turn off a potential buyer.


Visible Issues:


The most important parts of a car to repair, before putting it on the market, are aspects that are visible at a surface glance by potential buyers. If the tires are bald and worn down, the windows or windshield are chipped or cracked, the headlights are broken, or if there are scratches or worn-paint, this conveys a subconscious message that you may not have taken good care of your car.


Simple cosmetic repairs, such as filling in scratches with touch-up paint, changing out your tires, or replacing headlights are relatively inexpensive ways to boost the sale price of your vehicle.


Simple Performance Fixes:


Whoever is looking to purchase your car will certainly want to test drive the vehicle. If the car accelerates very slowly or is jumpy, it could give the impression that your car handles poorly on the road. By changing out spark plugs, you can make the car accelerate more smoothly.


When you brake, do your wheel wells get covered in brake dust? Every time you tap your brakes, do they squeak and screech? If so, you may want to get your brake pads replaced. Comfortably stopping a moving vehicle gives the driver more confidence in the car’s ability to perform well on the roads.


Engine Maintenance:


People who understand cars will know what to look for before purchasing any vehicle. Ensure everything is up to par underneath your car hood. If everything is in decent condition, your buyer will have more confidence in purchasing the car and even spending more than if there were potential problems.


Wires, hoses, and the air filter should be checked. If the filter is dirty, buy a new one, because they are relatively inexpensive. Clean and wipe down any hoses and wires. If there are tears, cracks, or dangerous connections, replacing them might be a good option. Cleaning the engine compartment can bring to light issues and improve the desirability of the vehicle.


For those in need of automotive repairs, whether for everyday use or if you are planning on selling your vehicle and getting the best possible offers, Call All Makes Collision Centre in Calgary at

(403) 536-0518

 for any questions.


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Winter Driving Tips
What to Do When an Auto Skids During Winter Drive

Feeling your auto suddenly slide on an icy street can be alarming. Shockingly, most people’s instinctual responses to such a circumstance, such as braking abruptly, handing the wheel over the other way, or gazing at the object you are going to hit, are not just inadequate. In any case, doing this can aggravate the skid.


A Couple of Tips to Counteract Slides


  • Ensure your tires have sufficient treads.
  • Drive gradually in wet, icy, or cold weather.
  • Keep a suitable separation amongst you and the auto in front of you. Endeavoring to stop too suddenly can cause a slip.
  • Back off before entering a bend or curve. Taking a bend too rapidly or braking unexpectedly while circumventing a curve can cause slides.


Types of Skidding

There are two types of slips: front wheel skids and rear wheel skids. How to manage these two will be discussed. In the first place, in managing any slip, remember two fundamental standards. To start with, do not freeze. Second, keep your eyes concentrated on an objective out there. Pick a point not far off the path you are going, and remain concentrated on this spot. Presently, on to various sorts of slips.


Front Wheel Skid

It happens when the full auto begins floating toward a path other than the driver’s proposed route. This sort of slide tends to happen when a driver enters a bend too rapidly. If your auto enters a front-wheel slide, dial down the accelerator. With your eyes concentrate on your objective, endeavor to direct the auto back on course. If you do not recover control of the auto in 3 seconds, do not brake daintily. Braking too suddenly can make the wheels bolt, which will exacerbate the slip.


Rear Wheel Skid

It happens when the back end of the auto slides out to one side. At some point, no less than one individual has likely caused you to transform into the skid. Say that the rear of your auto all of a sudden slide out to one side. You would prefer not to turn your wheel firmly to the same side, mainly if you are driving fast. You need to swing to the privilege sufficiently only to rectify the auto. Align the front wheels with the back wheels.


It is vital to keep your head focused when going into a slip. Here concentrating on the road is useful as it keeps you from over-reacting. With this, you will be better ready to divert your auto correctly. For more information, call All Makes Collision Centre in Calgary at (403) 536-0518.

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