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Winter Driving in Calgary
Five Major Tips for Driving in Calgary this Winter

Even for the most experienced driver, winter brings on its snowy, icy challenges for those of us living in the Northern Hemisphere. If you’ll be driving in the colder months this year, here are some major tips to help you get safely to wherever you’re going:

 

Get Your Car Ready for Winter

Get your car ready by taking it in for regular service, and making sure it’s in top shape. A good break system is essential. Also check your battery and lights. Make sure your defroster and windshield wipers are working, and check on all fluid levels. Be prepared before you ever get on the road.

 

Drive Slowly

Once you’re on the road, the biggest tip you can follow is this: Drive slowly. This includes accelerating, decelerating, and taking turns more slowly. Remember that speed limits were set for roads in dry conditions. Icy, wet roads make it harder for tires to get a grip on the road, and if you’re going too fast, you will lose control. In especially icy conditions, drop 20 or more km/h below the posted speed limit. Always err on the side of caution.

 

Keep Your Distance

Because your car will be harder to steer in icy conditions, maintain longer breaking distances. This will give you plenty of time to slow down, and also gives you a chance to react if anything happens. Although most people exercise caution in winter, don’t really on other drivers for your own safety.

 

Prepare for Skids

If you find yourself skidding on ice, it means you’re driving too fast for the road conditions. The best way to deal with skids is to slow down and avoid them in the first place. But if you do find yourself in that situation, remember these three things: 1) Take your foot of the accelerator. 2) Do not break. Fight the somewhat natural urge to do so. 3) Turn gently in the direction of the skid. This will be whatever direction the back of your car is swinging out to.

 

Stay Home

In very bad conditions, avoid driving entirely. Always check your local weather advisory and follow their instructions on whether or not it’s safe enough to drive on the road.

 

We hope you’ll stay safe this winter, and be ready to take on the season’s driving challenges head on. Please call the All Makes Collision Centre in Calgary at

(403) 536-0518

for any questions.

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Distracted Driving Tips
Top Tips To Avoid Distracted Driving

We all get distracted sometimes. Indeed, distracted drivers are everywhere you look. In fact, here are some simple yet smart ideas to make you a safer, less distracted driver:

 

Cell Phone Use
In many places, you are breaking the law if you use your phone and drive. Even if you live somewhere that it is not against the law, cell phones are really only for emergency use only. If you have an emergency on the road, you should pull your vehicle over anyway. Online sources indicate that even various hands-free equipment can lead a driver to miss important audio and visual cues that prevent accidents.

 

Drowsy?
Don’t drive drowsy. Driving while drowsy will increase your chances of crashing by almost four times. If you’re too tired to drive then don’t. Pullover for a break.

 

Passengers
Don’t drive with too many passengers. You should also limit the amount of activity inside your car as well. Some countries, like the U.S., do not allow new, teenage drivers to have any passengers during their first year of driving. Driving with too many friends can actually be dangerous to inexperienced or infrequent drivers because they focus too much on their passengers and not enough on the road.

 

Eating
Don’t eat and drive. You might be saving time finishing your breakfast on the way to work, but eating and drinking in the car make you less aware and attentive of the other drivers all around you. Pundits report that food spills are one of the most common causes of distraction.

 

Multi-tasking
Many people spend a lot of time in their cars. That does not, however, mean that driving is the best time or place to get things done. Don’t groom yourself, phone friends, search for good music or text your friends. Keep your eyes on the road.

 

Time
Take your time when you drive. Focus on your safety (and that of your passengers if you have any). Research indicates that humans can only process so much at one time.
In order to drive safely, one must shift his attention back and forth while on the road. This makes any distractions very dangerous. So plan ahead and take your time while on the road.

 

Drive carefully and don’t get distracted. Remember, though, if you’re driving safely, but are hit by a distracted driver, don’t worry. You can call All Makes Collision Centre in Calgary at

(403) 536-0518

for any questions.

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Body Shop Estimates in Calgary
Six Reasons Body Shop Estimates Vary in Calgary

After your car has been damaged, you’re likely shopping around for a body shop in Calgary to complete the repairs. During this inquiry, you may notice that the estimates are not all the same, which can, in turn, lead to questions about why.

 

Different Services
Part of the issue may lie in the assessment. Body shops may notice different problems with the car. The shop that has the highest price might seem out of your budget, but a good chance exists that this shop is providing the most comprehensive service.

 

Materials Used
Some shops stock used parts, so they have the ability to offer a lower price. Other body shops provide new parts only. When deciding between cheaper used parts and more expensive new ones, take the quality of the parts and how long you plan to keep your car into consideration.

 

Ordering Supplies
In certain cases, shops may not have the necessary supplies or equipment to make the repairs. Auto mechanic shops that have to order the supplies are likely going to charge more since they now need to pay for shipping.

 

Years in the Business
Think about how virtually any business will raise its prices after time in the field. Established auto shops in the area may charge more than nascent ones in the field because they have more experience working on cars.

 

Need to Secure Your Business
A shop that is desperate for any business is likely to lower its price. Auto repair shops that are flourishing have more flexibility in sticking to a higher cost. If you do not want the repairs, the team likely knows that another customer who is willing to pay the price will come in shortly.

 

Companies Vary
While sometimes one of these reasons is at the center of different prices, also understand that repair shops set their own costs. Think about how likely it is that two shops would choose the exact same price.

 

When you are wondering why you’re receiving different price quotes from different entities, one of these reasons might be the cause. The goal is to choose the company that best serves your individual needs.

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Car Crash Repair in Calgary
Receiving The Right Car Crash Repair in Calgary

Being involved in a car crash can be a truly traumatic, costly experience for those involved. It generally leaves a lasting effect, both on your vehicle and on your personal well-being. You can fix one of those easily and alleviate some of the pressure and problems by having car repairs done in the correct manner here in Calgary.

 

Receiving An Estimate

To start, you will want to speak with a professional to receive an honest estimate of how much the repairs will cost. Depending on the level of damage on your vehicle, these repairs can run from a few hundred to well into the thousands. It really depends on the problem, what it needs to be fixed internally and externally, and how readily available such parts will be for your make and model.

 

The Right Shop

You obviously want to find the most professional repair shop available to you. Up until this point, perhaps, you may not have experienced a car wreck, so the shops could be a mystery. There are options, of course, and your insurance company may help you along the right path to receiving a fixed vehicle.

 

Avoid Used Parts

Whenever possible, avoid a mechanic or repair shop willing to make use of used car parts in your vehicle. In the long-run, these will only cause more problems and hassle. They will be overpriced and could potentially damage your vehicle even more than it already has been in a wreck. New parts may cost you more, but the quality and guarantee of them working correctly will be firmly in place along with those tightened bolts.

 

A vehicle collision doesn’t need to be the end of the world. In fact, you could end up finding problems with your vehicle that you didn’t even realize. It will be a costly issue to rectify, but with insurance and the right repair shop, those costs are manageable.

 

Call All Makes Collision Centre in Calgary at

(403) 536-0518

for any questions. They can help you with any questions or concerns you may have following a car collision. Don’t be afraid to ask the tough questions and receive a response.

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Hail Damage Repair in Calgary
Minimizing Hail Damage in Calgary

We may love living here, but that means accepting the fact that Calgary can have some mean storms and those storms can kick up some serious hail. Bodily, we can find shelter, but one of our most prized possessions – our vehicles – may not be so lucky. Many a car owner has stepped outside to find their beloved ride victimized by Mother Nature.

If you want to minimize the impact of hail on your car, here are a few tips.

 

Secure & Covered Parking

Covered parking can save money and stress. Studies have shown the more open space around your car, the more chances are increased hail will severely damage the vehicle. Take a closer look at parking options. If you own a home, consider getting a car port.

 

Quick Shelter

While you can’t always be prepared for storms – many are sudden – if the option is there, find temporary shelter. The local mall usually has large, indoor parking spaces, or maybe there’s a movie theater with underground parking nearby. If you have to pay a few dollars, so what? It will be cheaper than repairing damage.

 

Third-party Covering

If a storm’s a-brewing, cover the car. Use heavy blankets and thick comforters that are securely tied down. There are hail car covers designed specifically for this purpose. Hail Protector sells an entire system that can notify you about upcoming storms and early warning hail forecasts, and supplies you with a heavy duty hail cover.

 

Unfortunately, all the preparation in the world doesn’t guarantee your vehicle will be safe during a hail storm. Fortunately, there’s All Makes Collision, one of Calgary’s top providers of repair when a car’s been damaged by hail. Our professional team of techs know the safest and most affordable procedures – like paintless dent repair – for getting your vehicle looking good as new. We work with all the major insurance companies and can save you time in that regard.

 

If your vehicle is victimized during a storm, give Calgary’s leader in car care, All Makes Collision, a call

(403) 536-0518

and make an appointment to have the damage assessed and repaired

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