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Car Issues You Should Not Fix Yourself

Posted on: February 7th, 2019 by Accurate Auto Body Repair No Comments

Car Issues You Should Not Fix YourselfThe internet is a pretty big place, and you can find more or less any information you want out there anymore. While this is extremely beneficial in a lot of ways, it has spurred the creation of a DIY society that, unfortunately, assumes similar knowledge across those reading articles and watching videos. When it comes to automotive repair, there is a lot more to it than meets the eye. So if something’s up with your vehicle and you’re thinking about trying the DIY route, maybe stop and reconsider. And if you’re battling anything on the list below, call your trusted repair shop first, don’t even begin the YouTube search. There are just some car issues you should not fix yourself.

Windshield Replacement

There are so many options out there for windshield crack patches, and depending on the chip or crack, these might actually be viable options for you, but when it comes to replacement, it’s best to leave it to the professionals. A lot of auto insurance providers will cover this kind of replacement, or at least make it reasonably priced with your deductible, and if there is a small expense, it’s worth it to avoid a shoddy replacement job that results in a leaky windshield or worse.


This one should be pretty obvious, but transmissions are not to be messed with. They’re complex systems that impact your vehicle’s ability to do everything, and an unsafe transmission is an unsafe vehicle, period. They’re mazes in their own right, and should only be navigated by someone with extensive experience doing so. Save your vehicle, and your fingers, the pain and take it to the shop.

Whole-Car Systems

If something’s off that’s impacting your whole vehicle, like an electric system, chances are it’s too complex for most people to tackle on their own. An apparent solution to the immediate problem might just spark an issue somewhere else. Whole-car systems need to be approached as interconnected things, which requires extensive knowledge of every piece of that puzzle. Professionals deal with these things on a daily basis and have the experience necessary to navigate even the most complex automobile issues.

Anything Airbag Related

Airbags are one of your biggest lines of defense if you find yourself in an accident, so it’s not exactly something you want to tamper with on your own. If your vehicle is showing signs of an issue with a safety system that could literally save your life in the event of a crash, let the shop handle it.

Body Repair

This one is a little more debatable, and some people are staunch on doing their own auto body repair but hear us out. Matching paints can be difficult, and if the paint isn’t applied correctly, a botched job can be easy to spot. That might be easy enough to get over, but if you’re dealing with body damage, trying to fix it yourself and failing could result in greater damage over time if a part of the body is rubbing up against more important systems, or poking into an area it shouldn’t be.

In some areas of life, DIY can be an excellent choice, but when it comes to auto repair, we recommend leaving it up to the professionals, almost always. You use your vehicle daily to get you to the places you need to be, compromising quality and longevity of a repair in order to try your hand at it at home isn’t the way to go.

Are Monthly Car Wash Memberships Worth It?

Posted on: November 29th, 2018 by Accurate Auto Body Shop No Comments

car wash membershipsCar Wash Memberships – Are They Worth It?

Washing the car- that thing on the to-do list that sometimes you take a couple weeks too long to actually check off. Especially this time of year, when the temperatures drop and the idea of getting your car wet, even with the powerful dryers some car washes have, seems like a recipe for frozen doors. And yet, keeping your vehicle clean and getting it washed regularly is an important part of vehicle ownership. It prevents rust and unnecessary wear and tear that dirt, grime, slush, and sprayback from the salt on the road after winter weather can cause – which can be contributing factors for auto body repair. If you’ve looked into car washes lately, you’ve probably noticed a car wash or two offering monthly memberships. Are these kinds of car wash memberships really worth it? Well, as with any sort of subscription, the answer depends, and there are a few things you should consider.

Weigh Your Options

If one of your local car wash spots offers a monthly membership program, chances are another one does, too. Do your research and see what kinds of options, and at what price points are available to you before you make your decision. That way you know what is available to you, and, depending on which shop is closest to you (making it more convenient) you may even be able to use the other programs’ components as leverage to negotiate an additional feature. We don’t make any promises, but hey, it’s worth a shot, right?

What’s Included

Take special note of what’s included in the membership, and if there are different levels of membership what the cost difference is, as well as the difference in price between the services offered in each membership on a single-wash scale. Often, the memberships are created with the hopes of saving drivers money, but it’s important to take a critical look at the value of the membership to make sure it’s really worth it, too.

How Often Will You Go, Really?

Here’s the real bottom line. If you’re considering a monthly car wash membership, you need to make sure you’re using it enough to get your money’s worth. If you sign up and then forget to take your vehicle through the wash for….three months….then no, it’s not worth your money. But if you’re serious about keeping your vehicle clean or are using this membership as an excuse to get more serious about that, you should be good. Do the math – how many regular washes, or premium if some of those premium features are included in the membership would it take for you to spend more on washes in a month than it costs for the membership? Is that a number of times you can see yourself washing your vehicle in a month? Is that a number of times your vehicle NEEDS to be washed in a month? If the answer to those last two questions is yes, then you’ve probably got a pretty good value on your hands!

Ask About Extra Perks

Again, we can’t guarantee anything here, and most car washes with monthly membership programs lay out all the perks in the details of the membership itself, but if you’re looking for a little something to sweeten the deal, ask about any extra perks that might not be listed in the membership details. Maybe you get a special birthday gift, or free air fresheners twice a year, or maybe they’ll offer you a discount on detailing if you keep the membership for a whole year. Who knows?! But it’s worth asking about.

Regardless of the perks and the details of the membership, if you decide this is a good move for you and your vehicle, don’t forget our biggest piece of advice: Use the thing, already! Get the most bang for your buck and relish the fact that you’re driving a spotless car more or less all the time.

Car Insurance Facts for New Drivers

Posted on: November 2nd, 2018 by Accurate Auto Body Shop No Comments

car insurance facts for new driversFor first time drivers, knowing where to start with insurance can be a tricky game. If you’re trying to figure it out for yourself, here are a few things to keep in mind as you navigate the wild world of automotive insurance with your first vehicle.

Know What’s Required

In every state, there are different requirements for what you need in order to get automotive insurance. Furthermore, you need to be familiar with the minimum amount of coverage your state requires in order for you to legally drive. Many states require liability insurance, while the rest is optional, while many other states also require personal injury protection and uninsured motorist coverage. To find out what the requirements are in your state, head to the DMV’s website.

What Does Coverage Mean?

It’s important to learn the lingo when you’re determining what insurance might be best for you. Whether you’re 16 and getting on the road as soon as you’re legally able, or you’ve been living that car-less life for a while, and are only just now getting your license and starting to drive, there’s a lot to understand in order to make sure you can get what you really need to keep your pocketbook safe in the event of injury or collision.

Coverage is just that – what’s covered by your insurance, after you hit your deductible, in the event of the incident that your coverage details. There are a number of different types of coverage. There’s collision coverage, personal injury, liability, uninsured motorist, and comprehensive coverages. What’s covered under each will vary slightly from insurance provider to insurance provider, so make sure to ask questions. Understanding the coverage you’re choosing for your automobile will save a lot of headaches if a collision occurs.

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What Determines Your Rate?

What determines your rate is also variable state by state, and some states weigh certain variables more heavily than others. As a baseline, the things that are almost always considered when figuring out your rate are: length of time driving (sorry!), driving record (if you’ve crashed before, or have several citations on your record, your rates will likely be higher), age, and coverage levels (if you have less coverage, or higher deductibles, you are likely to have lower rates, but are open to greater out-of-pocket expenses in the event of a collision). Don’t be afraid to ask what’s being considered when you source quotes from insurance companies. It’s also a good idea to ask what kinds of discounts they offer – some offer discounts for good grades, or for things like being a member of a credit union. You never know until you ask!

Understand Bundling

Sometimes, there are savings to be had if you are in need of different types of insurance and decide to use a single provider for all of them. Ask your insurance provider (or several providers if you’re in quote-gathering mode) what discounts they offer for bundling. The most common bundles often include things like automotive and homeowners, or automotive and renter’s insurance. Look at your situation and determine if bundling might be a good option for you – and if it is, make sure to know what kind of discount you’re dealing with so you can decide if it’s really worth your while.

There’s Always More to Learn

Look, we’re not going to lie. Automotive insurance is complex. These basics will help you get started and feel comfortable having conversations with insurance providers, as well as enable you to be an advocate for yourself with a foundation of knowledge. However, if you find the topic fascinating, there is always more to learn. The DMV website is a great place to dive deeper and start to become your own personal automotive insurance expert, if that’s your thing. And if it’s not, simply making sure you have the right coverage for your peace of mind is really all you need to do.

Auto Insurance Savings and Surprises

Posted on: October 8th, 2018 by Accurate Auto Body Denver No Comments

auto insurance savingsAuto insurance is such a tricky world – especially if you’re navigating it for the first time on your own. Even for some seasoned insurance veterans, it can be confusing to navigation auto insurance savings on your premiums, and what can (unexpectedly or otherwise) cause your rates to go up. Signing on for one rate does not, unfortunately, mean you’re going to be paying that for the rest of the time you carry that policy. There are many things that can impact your premium, and sometimes you can’t even see it coming. Here are some of our guideposts to help you save, even if it surprises you!

Pay Upfront

Believe it or not, if you’re able to pay your insurance all in one go rather than those traditional monthly payments, you might save big. In fact, you can enjoy auto insurance savings of up to 5% by asking for this discount and paying your premium all at once. If you’re worried about budgeting for this, consider setting the monthly amount aside every month so when the next big premium bill rolls around in 6 months, you know you’ll be ready!

Don’t Text and Drive

Insurance agencies are punishing drivers who are caught texting and driving. Policyholders who get caught on this offense see an average of 16% hikes in their insurance premiums – compared to 22% for running a red light, it’s pretty obvious that insurance agencies are cracking down on this behavior and taking it very seriously. Luckily, there’s a pretty easy way to avoid this hike in prices (while avoiding auto body repair, or worse) and keep that money in your pockets – put the phone down when you’re behind the wheel!

Driving Less Might Not Matter Much

There’s an interesting belief that driving more means your insurance rates will be higher, but that isn’t necessarily the case. This rule will vary state by state (for example, in California, it’s a primary factor in determining rates) but if it’s not a priority in your state’s insurance formula, you might not be saving much by hitting the road less.

Watch Out for Extreme Weather

As Coloradans know well, extreme weather can have a negative impact on your insurance. It doesn’t really seem fair, after all, it’s not YOUR fault that hail storm hit while you were out running errands – but it’s been shown that in areas were extreme weather hits, rates tend to rise as a result. Hail damage = increase in claims being made to undo the damage, and an increase in claims = an increase in rates. If you live in an area where hail damage is likely, it might be worth prioritizing covered parking on your list of “wants” and “needs” when it comes to housing decisions.

Non-Driving Factors

We know it’s kind of shocking, but there are factors that have nothing to do with your actions behind the wheel that might contribute to your insurance rate being higher or lower than anticipated. Though there have been legal moves made in some states (like New York) to not allow education or occupation as factors for pricing auto insurance, this isn’t the case in every state. It is possible that your level of education (GED vs. PhD) or your occupation (public servant vs. medical doctor) could impact your rates.

At the end of the day, there are a number of things that can impact your rates, and knowing which ones might save you big, while understanding which ones can cost you huge if you’re not careful can help when you’re making those insurance decisions, and can make justifying the switch a little easier if you’re ever on the fence.

Repairing Car Paint Chips

Posted on: July 2nd, 2018 by Accurate Auto Body Repair No Comments

repairing car paint chipsIf you’ve owned your vehicle for an extended amount of time, you know well enough that sometimes stuff happens. Scrapes, bumps, hail damage, and things entirely out of our control can impact the aesthetic of your car. One issue that most vehicle owners run into eventually is chipping paint. Luckily, repairing car paint chips is easy to fix, but if you’re not sure what to do to take care of those chips, we have you covered. Note, however, that if you have serious hail damage and paint damage, you should bring your car to professional car painting and matching experts…such as us!

Clean it Up

Before repairing car paint chips, give your vehicle a quick wash with some warm soap and water to clean up the chip area, then grab some automotive body polish and a soft cotton cloth. Rub a small dab of polish over the chipped area to soften up any jagged edges. Be careful not to over-polish, or you could damage the clear coat on the rest of the vehicle, leaving you with a cloudy paint job that’s more of an eyesore than the chip itself.

Prime Time

Once you’ve softened up the edges, you’ll want to prime the area so it’s ready for a fresh coat of paint. Choosing a quality primer will set your repair job up for success, so make sure not to go the cheapest route or you may find yourself facing the same chip in just a short while. Before applying primer, swipe the area with denatured alcohol to make sure it’s truly clean and ready to hold the primer and paint.

Grab the Right Paint

Head to an auto parts store and you’ll find a book with paints from different makes, models, and years. Look up the information that matches your car and you’ll likely see a list of paint colors used that year on vehicles with that make and model. Find the one that matches yours and buy a small bottle of touch-up paint. Make sure not to apply the paint in direct sunlight or if the temperature is below 50 degrees Fahrenheit. Apply a layer of paint over the primed area (we always recommend testing the paint on a piece of paper first to make sure it’s the right color) and let it dry. Apply a second coat about an hour later and let that coat cure for several days.

Good as New

Once the second coat has had a chance to cure, there’s just one more step for repairing car paint chips. Take the polishing compound you used to soften up the jagged edges of the chip in the first step and reapply a small amount here to help feather the edges of the repair job and make the new coat of paint look seamless – and your vehicle look like it’s new all over again.

Make Your Car Last Longer

Posted on: May 23rd, 2018 by Accurate Auto Body Repair No Comments

make your car last longerPurchasing a vehicle is a big investment. It makes sense that you would want to get the most out of your investment as possible. In this case, that means making sure your car runs like new for as long as possible and keeps on running well past when it’s “like new” days have come and gone. As your Denver auto body repair team, we know a good, reliable car can take you well over 200,000 miles and last you years upon years, but there are also a variety of things you can make your car last longer and get every last mile possible out of it.

Regular Maintenance

This first one is really a gimme to make your car last longer, but it’s worth mentioning because though it seems obvious, many vehicle owners space it off. Keeping up with the recommended maintenance schedule for your vehicle is one of the most important keys to making sure you get the most out of your vehicle. Without proper maintenance, regular oil changes, tire rotations, filter changes and more you are creating an environment that fosters breakdown and issues that may seem isolated at the time only to become bigger issues later in your vehicle’s life. Taking the car in for regular maintenance keeps precious years on its life and keeps it running like new for as long as possible.

Keep it Clean

Along with regular vehicle maintenance, regular cleaning impacts how long your car will last as well. Getting to the car wash on a regular basis may not seem like a priority, but doing so prevents environmental wear and tear on the exterior of your vehicle that can lead to weaknesses in the body. These may leave the critical components of your car open to vulnerabilities. It also protects you from rusting and premature paint decay. All of these things serve both a cosmetic and mechanical purpose when it comes to prolonging the longevity of your vehicle.

Give it a Break

We live in a world where running out of the house and running late is not uncommon – it’s often the norm. But what you might not be aware of is that when you first start your car after it’s been off for a long period of time, it needs to warm up. Let it idle for 30-60 seconds after starting the ignition before you put it in gear and get going. This will give your vehicle the time it needs to get going and run smoothly and to the best of its ability on the road.

Clear Out the Trunk

Here is one you may not consider when trying to make your car last longer. If you’re in the habit of keeping a lot of stuff in the trunk of your vehicle, it might be time to rethink that philosophy. Lots of extra cargo adds lots of extra weight, and if that weight is left in your vehicle over time it can increase the speed at which your tires and bearings wear out. It can also make your car wear unevenly, causing a whole host of other problems.

No matter how great a job you do of taking care of your vehicle, eventually things will start to fail. When they do, make sure you have a trusted mechanic on hand to turn to for the repairs you need.

When to Switch Out Snow Tires

Posted on: March 29th, 2018 by Accurate Auto Body Denver No Comments

switch out snow tires

Temperatures are beginning to warm, we’re getting rain instead of snow, and the sun has been warming our skin a little more often as of late. So you might be wondering – when should I switch out snow tires and swap them for my all-season tires? It’s a valid question, and one you have to consider – keeping your snow tires on too long when winter disappears into a sold spring can damage the tires and make them much less effective when temperatures drop again next year. Living in Colorado, you probably already know this, but there’s really no solid answer. The weather patterns determine more than the calendar, but here are a few rules of thumb to consider.

Spring In Full Bloom

It’s technically spring, but we don’t like to use that as our mile marker here. Anyone who has lived in Colorado long enough knows that the start of spring usually means we’re in for at least a few more solid snow storms, and when they strike you’re going to want those snow tires firmly in place. However, when the average temperatures are 45-50 and above consistently, it’s likely safe to make the swap. But just remember, when we say consistently, we’re talking rarely a day where the high dips below those numbers. If you’re seeing 40s on the horizon, keep the snow tires on, you’ll thank yourself later.

Mother’s Day

Usually, around Mother’s Day, it’s a pretty safe bet that those snowy days are behind us. Mid-May is a good time frame to keep in mind, though there may be years where it makes sense to swap them out earlier, but in general, when you realize you almost forgot to send your mama something fantastic is a good time to switch out snow tires and put them away for another couple of seasons.

Turning on Those Sprinklers

There’s a certain point in the spring, usually a little closer to summer, when you’re no longer afraid to leave your sprinkler systems on automatic timing. Rather than manually turning them on and off when needed and when the weather allows, you can freely set it and forget it without fearing frozen or bursting pipes. When you hit that glorious, summer-is-coming moment, you can also feel good about changing your tires.

There isn’t a one-size fits all formula for when the ultimate best time switch out snow tires and pop on the all-season ones for the remainder of the year, but these guidelines should help you feel more confident in your timing, and help you avoid making an early call that leaves you skidding around without proper traction when that late-season snowstorm hits unexpectedly. If you find yourself in an unfortunate early-tire-switch-caused crash, don’t worry, we can help get your car back in shape and get you back on the road quickly, with extraordinarily high-quality auto body repair work.

Can’t Live Without Car Features for Winter

Posted on: February 21st, 2018 by Accurate Auto Body Shop No Comments

best winter car featuresBest Winter Car Features

February might be over, and sure, March is TECHNICALLY when it’s supposed to start feeling a little more like spring, but in Colorado we all know that’s not entirely true. And when winter continues to rear it’s ugly head when you’re wishing for warmer temperatures, there are some vehicle features that come in extra handy. Getting through winter is a little bit easier with these best winter car features – how many does your vehicle have?

Heated Seats

Honestly, heated seats are kind of the holy grail of winter driving comfort. Is there anything better than hopping into a car when you’re freezing your buns off and knowing you can just push a quick button and warm those buns up fast. When it gets cold outside, heated seats are the saving grace you need to keep yourself from shivering until the heater warms up.

All-Wheel Drive

All-wheel drive is a must have if you live somewhere that gets snow, like most of the Front Range. Snowy roads lead to less traction and when traction gets a little sketchy, you want a vehicle that can handle a little slip and slide without spinning totally out of control. By delivering equal power to all four of the tires, all-wheel and four-wheel drive help you avoid getting stuck after a heavy snowfall and keeps you from sliding around in slick conditions.

Advanced Safety Features

Top of most drivers’ minds as winter rages on is safety, as it should be! Luckily, most cars on the market now come with some advanced safety features to keep you on the road and in your lane even when winter weather hits. Things like antilock brakes and stability control can go a long way to keeping you safe on the wintery roads and are now required by government standards. Others, like adaptive headlights, automatic emergency braking, and lane departure prevention, and more may be part of a technology package on some vehicles and will come standard on others. Knowing which safety features your car is equipped with will help you paint a better picture of how safe you are on the winter roads.

Remote Start

Oh, glorious remote start. Like heated seats, this is a bit more of a comfort play, though there is a performance advantage to getting your engine warmed up a bit before you take to the road as well. One word of caution with remote start – it’s convenient and gets your vehicle all toasty warm before you brave the cold, but if you typically park in a garage, make sure your garage door is open or, even better, you’re pulled out of the garage onto your driveway before you hit remote start. Doing this will allow you to avoid carbon monoxide from the exhaust making your garage lethal or even worse, leaking into your home if your garage is attached.

Heated Steering Wheel

Like heated seats, heated steering wheels are an innovative comfort feature that helps big time when you forget your gloves. Even if you do park in a garage, chances are that steering wheel is chilly first thing in the morning after a particularly frigid cold snap. A heated steering wheel lets you drive in comfort without having to remove one hand from the wheel every few seconds to keep it from freezing.

We’re heading into March and while some milder temperatures may very well be on the horizon, we’re still staring down the barrel of some freezing cold mornings and (probably, let’s be honest) more snow. That’s why these features will continue to come in handy as the winter rages on, and for many winters to come. What’s your must-have winter feature for your vehicle?

DIY Winter Car Maintenance Tips

Posted on: January 25th, 2018 by Accurate Auto Body Repair No Comments

winter car maintenanceWinter Car Maintenance

You may be spending more time holed up in your house as winter rages outside, or maybe you’re heading up to the slopes every weekend you get a chance, but either way, your beloved vehicle still needs care, attention, and regular maintenance. Yes, even when the frigid temperatures make the idea of stepping outside nearly unbearable. If you’re looking to make less trips to your local auto maintenance shop, check out our tips for DIY winter car maintenance this winter.

Oil Change

This is one of the most commonly-DIYs (or attempted DIYs), but a word of caution should be applied before you give it a shot. A properly conducted oil change is necessary for your car to operate at an optimum level, so a misstep here could prove to have worse consequences than anticipated. If you feel confident in your ability to change the oil in your particular vehicle, this can be a big time and money-saver, but make sure you do your research first. What type of vehicle do you have? Some vehicles, like the Jeep Wrangler and Toyota Tacoma make the DIY solution straightforward, but others are a little more complicated to figure out. This might be something you want to continue to leave up to the professionals.

Tire Safety

Checking your tires is especially important in the winter, and it’s an extremely easy thing to do yourself. In general, tire pressure drops 1 psi for every 10-degree drop in temperature. So whenever there’s a significant drop in temperature, you should visually check your tires. Take an official pressure reading at least once a month in the winter months (and it doesn’t hurt to keep up with this practice as the weather turns warmer once again, either). Keeping your tires properly inflated will prevent undue stress and excessive wear and tear. If you’re worried you’ve been too hard on your tires lately, the trusty penny trick is always a good one to employ. Place a penny in the tread of your tire, with the head facing down toward the tire. If Honest Abe’s head is covered by the tire tread, you’re good, but if you can see the top of his head, your tires are starting to wear thin and it’s time to go shopping.

Spark Plugs

If you’ve recently put 30,000 more miles on your car, it’s time to consider replacing those spark plugs! While many shops charge a pretty hefty fee to replace the things, it’s actually quite a simple process as long as you’re willing to take it step by step. Always change just one at a time and make sure to reattach the wires to the first before you move onto the next.

No matter the time of year, your vehicle will always need regular and scheduled maintenance, but if there’s the chance you can take some of those tasks into your own hands safely and armed with the necessary knowledge to get it done well, there’s no reason not to try DIYing some of those things, especially when it’s freakin’ cold out and the idea of leaving the garage is just too much to bear.

But, auto body repair is probably something you should leave to the professional. Even dent repair is something you should have the pros do. If you do need some collision repair, give us a call at 303-344-2212 or contact us online.

Winter Car Maintenance Tips

Posted on: November 15th, 2017 by Accurate Auto Body Shop No Comments

winter car maintenanceSnow is on its way, Jack Frost has started nipping at noses and winter is practically at our front door in Colorado. Heck, we’ve already seen a few flakes and flurries, we’ve had a couple of icy-road mornings. That means it’s time to turn your eyes toward winter car maintenance. Driving in the winter is a very different beast than driving in more temperate conditions, and knowing what needs to be working its best when the heavy snowfall hits are important. If you haven’t yet, make sure to check these things off your list before you embark on any winter road trips, and hopefully you won’t need us for auto body repair.

Triple Check Your Lights

Decreased visibility is far more frequent throughout the winter months. Plus, now that we’ve done the whole “fall back” thing with daylight savings time, it’s getting darker much earlier. You have to know that your lights are working, and working well so you aren’t left driving at night without the ability to see further than a couple feet in front of your car. Vehicles with broken head or tail lights make the road unsafe for everyone on it, so this is a biggie.


Batteries that are already struggling have an even harder time when the temperatures drop. Checking your battery health is an important step to save you from being stranded on a snowy road with a broken car. Having a volt test performed on your vehicle’s battery before winter strikes is the best way to tell if you’re good to go or it’s time to seriously consider replacing this crucial part.

Survival Kit

This is less about vehicle maintenance but is still crucial for winter preparedness and your vehicle. No matter how much troubleshooting you do, there’s still a chance that something goes wrong while you’re on the road. Having a fully-stocked emergency kit could mean the difference between life and death (it sounds extreme, but when winter temps drop low and snowfall piles high, depending on where you get stuck it could very well be true). Most emergency kits include food, water, blankets, spare clothes, a flashlight, a spare cell phone charger that works in your car’s cigarette lighter or USB port, and jumper cables. It’s also a good idea to keep a shovel in your trunk. This way, if you end up stranded, you’ll have what you need to get you through however long it takes to get someone out there to help you.


A working defroster not only saves you time in the morning when you’re running late for work (darn sun not being up as early anymore!) but it also keeps you safe in icy and snow conditions on the road. When the fluffy stuff is falling down, a properly working defroster keeps it from building up on your windshield. It can also help keep your windshield from fogging up and hurting your visibility.


This one’s about comfort, mostly, but that’s important, too! The worst time to realize your heater doesn’t work is the first day you need it. Test out your heater early in the season and if something seems a little off, get it checked out for peace of mind.

Being on the road during the winter sometimes feels like a necessary evil, but taking these steps to ensure your vehicle is up to the task and ready for whatever the snowy season throws at you allows you to breathe a little easier and keeps you (and those around you) safe and sound behind the wheel.