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Teen Driving Safety
Teen Driving Safety

Nothing can feel more freeing than getting out onto the open road in a car and experiencing the breeze brush by you as you travel. Many of us take for granted the rules of the road and we often forget what it was like to start out just learning. Learning how to drive is a very difficult task that requires a great deal of practice and gaining experience by doing. There is no amount of reading or studying that can prepare you for the open road. It is something that you must learn with time and patience.

 

Teen Drivers

When it comes to learning to drive, teens often have a very tough time. The nervousness of getting behind the wheel can be overwhelming. But eventually, everyone gets to a point where they become a competent driver.

 

Distractions on the Road

Distractions can be a very big trouble spot for teen drivers. Following the rules can be difficult whether because of peer pressure, such as driving under the influence, not wearing a seatbelt or simply lack of inexperience. One of the biggest trouble areas for teens, especially with the development of more advanced technology, is texting. Many teens don’t recognize the danger of texting and driving, and this can result in very serious accidents.

 

Safety is Number One

What is most important on the road is driving safely, making sure that the seatbelt is securely fastened, following all of the proper rules of the road and remaining free of distractions. Following all of these rules will ensure that the teen makes it from point A to point B safely. What matters most is getting all of the experience you can and learning how the car works so you can be the best driver possible.

 

If you are a teen or know a teen who is just starting to learn how to drive, encouragement can go a long way. Reinforcement of rules and how important they are can be a very vital component in shaping the kind of driver they will be for the rest of their lives. We all started somewhere, and patience coupled with experience will go a long way.

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How to Avoid Mold on the Windshield

No matter where you live, mold is a fact of life. Microscopic spores are all around us, both outside and inside our homes and cars. In order to grow, however, mold needs a food source as well as water or humidity. In Calgary’s humid continental climate, there’s always water to provide the basics for mold growth. Although mold growing on car windows and windshields is rare, certain conditions can lead to it.

 

Why Should I Be Concerned About Windshield Mold?

Because mold growth in cars is rare, people are surprised when they see it. When it appears on your windshield is also cause for concern as it indicates that your vehicle has an extreme amount of dirt and other potential hidden problems. Inhaling mold can be bad for your health, causing respiratory and other problems. The risk to your vehicle is different. Excessive mold can eventually harm your window seals, causing the glass to break and making driving unsafe.

What Vehicles Have Greater Risk of Mold?

Active vehicles rarely have mold growing on the windows. However, if you store your car or leave it parked in one spot for a long time, mold growth is apt to start. If you haven’t driven your vehicle in months, perform a thorough inspection with a flashlight, looking for damaged or cracked window seals. If possible, wipe down condensation periodically from the inside of your unused car and don’t allow moisture to pool on the seats. Turn on the vehicle periodically and run air conditioning or heating periodically.

Preventing Mold

The best way to prevent mold on your windshield and car windows is to keep your car clean. Vacuum regularly and clean up food debris. Never leave trash inside that is prone to decomposing. When you spill something, clean it immediately and leave the window open until the area fully dries. If mold does appear, use disinfectants to clean it up, especially if condensation is pooling at the window edges. Mold on the window seals means that the entire panel has been infested and needs professional attention. Do not try to clean the area yourself.

 

If you do end up with mold on your windshield or window seals and have done everything you can to get rid of it, all is not lost. All Makes Collision Centre in Calgary can help. Call us at 403-536-0518 for an assessment and free consultation.

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Road Salt Damage
How to Prevent Road Salt Damage to Your Car

Are you guilty of leaving salt marks on your car throughout the winter? While you may think it is okay to hold on the washing until the trees start budding, auto mechanics are warning you to do otherwise. Road salt and brine may keep the roads safe, but for your vehicle those chemicals are a disastrous cocktail.

 

Salt causes the following:
• Rust
• Corrosion
• Damage to the paint finish

Besides, it is not just the paint that gets caked with salt and chemicals all throughout the winter months. The undercarriage of your vehicle is completely exposed to the elements. Salt can get into the exhaust, muffler, coil springs, brake lines, and sub frame, causing havoc. When deterioration to these components occurs, your car becomes a hazard.

 

Now that you know the reasons why protecting your car from salt is important, here are some ways to protect your investment from damage:

Wax Your Vehicle Before Winter
Then continue waxing at least every 3 months. This will place a protective coating on the paint to prevent rust and corrosion from occurring. While you are at it, repair paint chips. If you do have paint chips, be sure to get them filled in. One chip can lead to extensive damage, because it is a direct path to the metal beneath.

 

Avoid Puddles
This is where dissolved salt collects. Also avoid being covered by passing plow trunks. Anything that washes your vehicle in salt will not do it any good.

 

Pre-Treat the Undercarriage
Many body and collision shops offer this. It is an oil solution that is sprayed on the vehicle’s exposed metal parts. During snow and slush, salt and water will have a harder time sticking to your car.

 

Washing
Whenever you can dig yourself out and drive to the car wash, do it. If the temperature is warm enough to melt snow, you can rinse off your vehicle. Do this every 10 days.

 

Get an Inspection Before Winter
A professional mechanic can pinpoint any weak spots or wear and tear that needs to be remedied before winter.

 

Now that you know, put these tips into action! Do not hesitate to call All Makes Collision Centre in Calgary at

(403) 536-0518

with any questions or ask how we can help protect your car from wintry damages.

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Snowy Calgary roads
What to do when your car get stuck on snowy Calgary roads

When you are trying to drive during the winter, you are bound to run into some less than desirable conditions. This is very true when you are driving in Calgary. When driving in these conditions, you must know what to do if your car gets stuck on these snowy Calgary roads.

 

Keep the proper tools in your car

It is much easier to get out of a messy situation when you have the proper tools in your car. Keeping a shovel, some road salt, and kitty litter can be very important when you get stuck. Instead of having to wait for a tow truck or good Samaritan, you will be able to dig yourself out and be on your way. These items can be purchased at a very low cost at most grocery or hardware stores.

 

Keep your approach straight and easy

Trying to get out of a bad situation when you are stuck can seem overwhelming. However, keeping calm and addressing the situation with precision and calmness will help you get unstuck faster than you would otherwise be able to. Make sure that your wheels are kept straight as you continue to slowly accelerate out of your position. When you slam on the gas, you are just going to spin your tires. You need to make sure that you are gradually accelerating out of the situation that you are in. This is the easiest way to gain traction on the already slippery road.

 

Signal for help if you need it

When the road conditions are just out of control, you sometimes need to call for help. You will be surprised at how helpful fellow motorists can be when you are in this type of situation. Turn on your hazard lights and wave for help. Sometimes a simple push can get your car the traction it needs. If you can’t move a budge even with the help of fellow motorists, it is time to call a tow truck.

 

Dealing with poor road conditions can be difficult for everyone involved. It is important to stay calm during these situations as you will have a much more likely time making it out safely with a calm mindset.

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Collision Repairs
5 Myths About Collision Repairs

Getting into a car accident is a harrowing and stressful experience. There are so many things going on at once, from having to retain the other driver’s personal and insurance information to thinking about what to do next. If your accident is bad enough that your vehicle requires repairs, one of the first things you will have to do is go to an auto body repair shop. There are a few myths about auto repairs that you should know before heading to the shop.

 

The Insurance Company Determines Which Auto Body Shop You Use

The insurance company will refer some auto body shops to you, including those on its Direct Repair Program. However, you are under no obligation to use the services of any one of those. In reality, you can choose your own shop to make repairs on your car. The insurance company must also negotiate with the shop on the amount spent on repairs, even if the auto body shop gives you a higher quote.

 

The Dealer is the Only One Able to Repair a Car Back to its Previous Condition

Many drivers mistakenly believe that only the car dealer is able to restore a vehicle to its previous condition following a collision. Although you will want to have any OEM parts applied to your car after an accident, the dealer is certainly not the only place that can provide them. You might even get aftermarket parts, depending on the terms of your insurance policy. The best thing to do is to become familiar with your insurance policy and find an auto body shop that can make repairs to match the price offered by dealers.

 

Insurance Companies Cover Any Damages to Your Vehicle

You must know what’s covered in your insurance policy. Not all policies will include every aspect of damage. Different insurance policies cover topics such as liability, collusion, comprehensive, personal injury protection and uninsured motorist protection. Depending on what is included in your policy, you may or may not be covered for all of those things.

 

A Car Will Never be the Same After an Accident

Although a car can be damaged badly following an accident, the right auto repair shop can restore it back to its previous condition. Not only can a reputable shop bring the aesthetics back to what they were before an accident, but the safety and functioning can also be restored.

 

Going to an Auto Repair Shop Other Than What the Insurance Company Recommends Means Voiding Your Warranty

In reality, the insurance company will not warranty the repairs done on your vehicle. Instead, the shop does that. It’s important to choose a shop that will guarantee a warranty on its work for the lifetime of your car.

 

Knowing these myths about collision repairs will ensure that you get the most out of your vehicle when you choose the right shop.

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