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When Should I Tow My Car Instead of Driving It

The possibility of being involved in an auto collision is present for everyone who drives. Even the most skilled and careful driver on the planet runs this risk due to the simple fact that there is no guarantee that other drivers sharing the road are also skilled and careful. While vehicles can be driven away from the overwhelming majority of accidents, is it a good idea to do so? A vehicle with some types of damage could become further damaged or even pose a safety risk to everyone on the road.

Below are a few tips to help make the decision between driving a vehicle away from an accident and calling for a tow.

Visible Damage

After a collision, walk around the vehicle and check that no body panels or mechanical components are hanging loose from the car. Not only can such things lead to larger repair bills as the pieces fall off altogether, they can also cause handling problems or represent a hazard that other vehicles could hit.

Other Signs

Smoke, leaking fluids and strange noises are all signs that something is mechanically wrong. While, in some cases, these things do not represent imminent disaster, they usually do. When faced with such symptoms, avoid the potential disaster altogether by calling for a tow service.

When in Doubt

While visible damage to the vehicle is obvious, those other signs of damage can be more ephemeral. Short of having the experienced nose, ears and mind of a mechanic to consult, there is no way to determine for sure that such symptoms are real and not a figment of a paranoid mind. Is the vehicle really making a strange new noise? Is that the odor of gas in the air? To a shaken up person who was just involved in a collision, it would not be surprising to imagine such things.

 

If there is no one present to consult about these possibly phantom symptoms, the safest choice is the best. Calling for a tow represents a predetermined set cost, while ignoring the signs could represent a significant risk of a larger repair bill or another accident. When in doubt, make the call.

 

If your vehicle has been involved in a collision, make the call to All Makes Collision Centre in Calgary at

(403) 536-0518

immediately to get on track to having it back in perfect condition.

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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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