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3 Safety Tips For Driving in Autumn Weather

As the seasons change, so do your driving habits. The carefree summer drives on smooth pavement on sunny days give way to chillier weather and increased road hazards before winter. Your car will perform differently too in colder weather, so it’s important to prepare it for the new season so it can maintain its optimal performance. What follows are three tips for driving safely in autumn.

 

Perform Your Own Safety Inspection

These items should be checked from time to time to begin with, but they’re also good to check on before the fall driving season begins to make sure your car is still in good shape after the long summer.

 

  • Check tires for tread wear – as winter approaches, you’ll need more traction while driving, and if your tires are old or the tread has worn down, it may be time to replace them.
  • Ensure the battery is operating at a proper voltage – it should be somewhere near 12.6V. This number will be higher, between 13.7 – 14.7 if the engine is running.
  • Check your HVAC system for proper operation. Does your heat still work? It might smell a little dusty after not using it for a few months, but be sure it operates correctly.

 

Slow Down

With school back in session, many police officers are on the lookout for speeders. School buses and pedestrians are more prevalent, so it’s important to slow down. Any type of speeding ticket is likely going to raise your insurance premiums.

Also, your commute may end up being a few minutes longer than it was in the summer with so many buses around. Fewer people are on vacation now, which means there will be more people on the road. Before you leave for work, give yourself a few extra minutes of travel time (as much as 15 for some people’s commutes), and you’ll settle back into a routine in no time.

 

Be Mindful of Obstacles
Fallen leaves are characteristic of the autumn season, and when those leaves get wet, it creates an unsafe driving surface. It’s much harder to brake on a road that’s covered with wet leaves compared to a dry road. Also look for an increase in wildlife, especially deer. October and November are mating season months for deer, so they’ll be more active in wooded areas and may suddenly dart out into the road, putting your safety at risk.

When you keep these three tips in mind, you can enjoy a safe driving season in the chilly autumn weather.

 

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Windshield repair in Calgary
Actively Avoiding Rock Chips on the Road

Whether a veteran driver or a beginner, scattering rock chips and wheel rotation don’t mix. Here are some sharp tips to avoid damage to your vehicle, glass and other automobiles on the road.

 

SPEED:

One of the most important factors when dealing with solid debris while driving is speed. The physics and powerful forces exhibited on tires is not on your side. The faster they spin, the more force they exert on rocks, pebbles, gravel, etc. Slowing down is key to limiting the distance and damaging velocity of debris like rock chips. When approaching an all gravel driveway, take it very slow and keep sudden acceleration to a minimum. Ensuring rock chips and gravel will only jump a couple of inches, this is also very important on busy roads and highways.

A typical scenario on a freeway will be loose gravel scattered about the road. As you are gliding at a steady 90 km/h, reduce your speed as much as possible but at a smooth, gradual pace for safety. Exercising caution will surely guarantee rock chips will scatter lower to the ground and not wind up slamming into your windshield.

 

DISTANCE:
Keeping your distance from all vehicles in front of you is always the smart idea. Large double wheeled trucks, semis, pickups and even fast moving cars will ruin your front end paint job or windshield in no time. Many of these vehicles have no mud flaps or other protections in place. The closer you are the more damage you are going to incur at once or over time. Even a clean road can be a long term nightmare from grit and sand. Keep a healthy distance; tail gating is never a wise idea for any driver.

 

BE OBSERVANT:

Being a keen and alert driver is everything about the process.

While to most this may seem obvious, we are more distracted than ever. It is effortless on a long drive to ease back into a state of less heightened awareness. Paying focused attention to what is on the road ahead of you will always give you the edge. Many times you can see rock chips, debris, and dangerous hazards on the pavement ahead. Sometimes, you can see debris like rock chips peppering out of the back of a truck. Stay alert, and you can avoid headaches like scratches and dings in your vehicle, let alone dangerous accidents.

 

When it comes to avoidance of road hazards like rock chips or other significant debris, using common sense is always best.

Mind high speeds, be sincerely focused on other vehicles around you and take great caution watching if the road is clear ahead. Keeping a more than comfortable distance from gravel trucks and large vehicles will go a long way.

 

A driver can never avoid all the small obstacles in their way so if you need repairs from cracks or other damages call All Makes Collision Centre in Calgary at (403) 536-0518

 

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Auto mirror damage
Auto Mirror Damage – Preventing It Before It Gets Ugly

The Glare of Unsightly Mirrors

Whether your vehicle’s mirrors were shattered by an accident, deeds of criminal mischief, or a hazardous brush with the environment, we know that auto mirror damage is a nuisance that is preventable. The following tips demand prompt consideration as you maintain your vehicle’s lustre:

 

Pay Close Attention
Sometimes, auto mirror damage is self-induced. You may have rushed in and out of a busy parking lot, or you might have opened your door too quickly, causing a collision between your side mirror and the neighbouring car. Ensure your mirrors are not extended more than they should be to prevent unfortunate cracking.

 

Supervise Your Kids
Shiny things like mirrors appeal to more than just magpies. Teach your children that while your vehicle’s mirrors look pretty, they are not to be touched. Auto mirrors are delicate, and the slightest fumbling of little fingers may cause some cracks and breaks. Your children may want to look into your auto mirrors, but stress to them the virtue of not touching. This rule particularly applies to power mirror controls.

 

Clean Carefully
A harsh scrubbing with rough material and chemical cleaners may leave unintended, lasting damage. If the cleaner in your hands leaves streaks on your mirrors, abandon the cleaner for something gentler. Never resort to brushes, and do your best to not directly touch your auto mirrors with your bare hands. Your natural oils may do more than smudge your auto mirrors, and careless cleaning often leads to untidy breakage.

 

Park Safely
Keep a mental note of unsavory places to park and congregate, whether these include dark corners by the shopping mall or unvisited, unlit patches of concrete by the park your children play. Secluded areas often host troublesome activities that leave your auto mirrors wrecked and unworkable. Save grief, time, and money by avoiding areas that seem even slightly questionable.

 

Check Up On Your Auto Mirrors
While the listed precautions help immensely in preserving the life and glimmer of your auto mirrors, accidents happen and elements like debris cause breaks out of anyone’s control. Routinely checking the state of your auto mirrors puts you in control and in clearer sight of your vehicle’s overall health.

 

Don’t let auto mirror damage linger as an unpleasant eyesore. Call All Makes Collision Centre in Calgary at (403) 536-0518 for any questions on our services.

 

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Car towing
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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