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When You Should Actually Use 4WD and When You Shouldn’t

Posted on: November 27th, 2018 by Webolutions Hostmaster No Comments

when to use 4wdWhen To Use 4WD

As winter weather rears its head again, we find ourselves checking our tires a little more closely, looking into the features our vehicle might have to help us get through the winter weather without having to drastically alter the way we travel. For some, those 4WD systems are looking awfully tempting nowadays, but before you activate that feature, as your auto body shop we urge you to consider a few things. There are some instances where it’s useful, and some instances where it really ends up doing more harm than good.

Know the Difference

First things first, you need to know what you’re working with. 4WD systems are typically only found in larger vehicles, like trucks and SUVs. Many vehicles now come with AWD (all-wheel drive) which is a different system entirely. Before you consider putting your vehicle into 4WD, it might be a good idea to make sure you actually HAVE a 4WD system to turn on. Once you have that sorted out, you can look into when you should actually be utilizing the system.

Off the Beaten Path

On the whole, there are very few times you should actually utilize your 4WD system. One of them, perhaps the most obvious, is when you’re going off-road. When your tires are officially off the pavement, and you’re dealing with uncertain terrain, that’s when this system really shines. Of course, if you’ve never really off-roaded before, we recommend taking it slow and simple to start, until you get used to how the combination of utilizing your 4WD system and driving off road causes your vehicle to handle differently, but once you get the hang of it, it can be a great way to fulfill your inner adventurer and make that system work as intended.

Deep Snow

Now, for the one on most driver’s minds this time of year – snow. 4WD may help you get through deeper snow, and afford you better traction while you navigate those wintery roads. Bear in mind, this isn’t for a light dusting. We’re talking those six-inch nights that lead to dicey commutes the following morning. And, regardless of whether or not that 4WD is giving you an added boost on the roads that are still snow-covered, it’s no excuse for taking the proper driving precautions to account for the less-than-ideal conditions you’ll be driving in.

Beware of Ice

Because, as helpful as 4WD may be in the snow, it doesn’t do a lick of good if you hit a patch of ice. 4WD will not make you stop any faster than any other driving system. Ice is still slippery, no matter what, and if you’re using your 4WD as an excuse to drive without care in winter driving conditions, you could find yourself in a wreck pretty quickly.

Choose Wisely

It’s important to know when to use this system and when not to, because putting your vehicle into 4WD when it’s not required can cause serious damage. If it’s engaged while you’re driving on dry, paved roads, you are likely causing damage to the 4WD components and putting yourself in a position where the system might not work when you need it to.

It may not be the most exciting thing, but reserving that 4WD system for the times when it’s actually needed is the best way to extend the capabilities of what that system can offer you as well as the life of your vehicle. Knowing you can count on the system in deep snow (but not ice!) and during those off-road adventures is worth the peace of mind, but don’t neglect to make sure you have quality tires with the right amount of traction (do the penny test to make sure they aren’t too bald!) as well.

 

Safe Driving Tips for Thanksgiving

Posted on: October 24th, 2018 by Webolutions Hostmaster No Comments

thanksgiving travel tipsThanksgiving Driving Tips

We’re nearing the end of October, which means holidays are just around the corner, and for many families that means holiday travel. Now, there are few things more stressful and exciting than gearing up for a road trip where good food and fun time with family lies in waiting on the other side. When you’re gearing up for your own holiday travels, as your auto body shop, we know that preparation is key to preventing accidents and staying on that schedule you so optimistically set before the season got hectic. Here are some of our best Thanksgiving driving tips for a safe road trip.

Keep an Eye on the Weather

This time of year, Colorado can go from 70 degrees one day to snowfall the next, so keep a close eye on the weather as your travel date approaches, and be prepared for last-minute change-ups in the forecast. Don’t travel in inclement weather if you can avoid it, and only travel in snowfall if your vehicle is properly prepared to take on those road conditions. A Thanksgiving stuck at home is better than a Thanksgiving stuck in the ditch.

Stock that Emergency Kit

You should make sure your vehicle’s emergency kit is stocked year-round, but if it’s been a while since you swapped out expired supplies and refreshed the pieces of the kit that need it, now’s the perfect time. We’re heading into a season that isn’t the best for road travel but requires it for many families thanks to the holidays. Whether it’s Turkey Day or you’re looking ahead to Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanza, or any other Winter holiday celebrations, having a freshly stocked emergency kit can be the sole reason you recover well and hang in there if anything does go drastically awry with your travel plans. Blankets, batteries, a crank radio, food, first aid kit supplies, extra layers of clothing, phone charger banks, and paper maps are all necessary pieces of the puzzle. Jumper cables, spare tires, and tire jack equipment are also key.

Minimize Distractions

This might be one of the harder ones on our list, but it still rings true as an important part of getting your family from point A to point B safe and sound. We’re not saying you should eliminate distractions entirely – that’s completely unrealistic, and we understand that. However, any steps you can take to minimize distractions should be taken before hopping in the car. This might look like pre-loading the directions onto your phone or vehicle’s GPS system, designating a music selector as whoever is in the front passenger seat rather than attempting to play DJ while you’re behind the wheel, silencing phone notifications while you’re driving, making sure your kids have enough to keep them occupied that they won’t squabble with one another or shout questions at you every fifteen seconds that you simply can’t answer. Keep pets in kennels or carriers if possible, if they are otherwise difficult to travel with, or assign a passenger in the back seat to be in charge of keeping the pets well behaved throughout your travel. Whatever you can do to make distractions harder to come by, do it!

Break it Up

If you’re staring down the barrel of a 12+ hour drive to your final destination, consider breaking it up into more than one day’s worth of driving. Set a goal for how far you want to get in a single day, but pay attention to your needs and the needs of your family. If the drivers are starting to wear thin and sleepiness is prevailing, pull over and find a hotel for the night. The cost of that will be much cheaper than potential hospital bills alongside vehicle repair bills when a sleepy driver results in an accident.

However you plan, prepare, and execute your family’s holiday travels, just keep in mind that safety is paramount! After all, you have the best chance of enjoying your holiday if you get there safe and sound!

Dealing With Kids While Driving

Posted on: September 21st, 2018 by Webolutions Hostmaster No Comments

Dealing With Kids While DrivingParents, you know how much driving can change when you have a little one in the car. What is normally a simple, easygoing drive can suddenly become much more hazardous with the distractions and more anxiety-inducing with the potential dangers posed to your kids. So how do you deal with your children while driving without putting you, them, or anyone else on the road in danger? Here are a few key tips for dealing with kids while driving (and avoid auto body repair).

Minimize Distractions

Distracted driving is dangerous 100% of the time, but the number of distractions increases when you have kids in the car. Besides the fact that kids themselves can be a distraction, you might have mirrors on the back of your seat that allow you to see the kiddos at all times, or they may have a favorite album they just HAVE to listen to at full blast, or toys that go flying halfway through the trip, resulting in a temper tantrum, or even little televisions on the back of the seats playing their favorite shows that would normally be off if they weren’t in the car. The list goes on, so minimizing your own distractions as much as possible is imperative to keeping you and your family safe on the road. Keep your phone out of sight and out of reach, and if your phone is connected to your car, make sure you aren’t spending a lot of time messing with the touchscreen on your dashboard. Get as many of the variable settings for your trip set and ready before you start driving. If you can minimize potential distractions from your children as well, do so. The less distracted you are, the better driver you’ll be.

Remember Your Training

We know, we know, driver’s ed was a long time ago. But what you learned there, or in subsequent driver’s tests you may have taken, is worth remembering. You know how they always told you to pull over if you were feeling sleepy or weather got too bad? The same thing applies for distracted driving, especially if your little one is causing a fuss and you’re tempted to turn around in the driver’s seat or take your hands off the wheel to deal with it. It’s better to find a safe space to pull over, deal with the situation, get back on the road safely, and arrive a few minutes late, than put yourself at the risk of a serious crash that will do more than just make you run a little behind for the day. We live in a world where it’s go go go all the time, so we understand wanting to save time, but it’s not worth it if multi-tasking behind the wheel comes at the risk of your family’s safety.

Get to Know Your Safety Seats

If your kids are young enough to still be in car seats or safety seats, it’s important to know the ins and outs of how to properly put these in your vehicle as well as how to properly strap your child into them. Get familiar with manufacturer instructions as well as expert opinions on things that will keep your child safest in the seat (i.e. most experts recommend leaving third-party attachments, covers, and clip-on toys off because they increase the risk of injury in the event of a crash). Most people know far less about the safety seats in their car and how they are intended to work than they need to ensure a safe ride for everyone in the vehicle. Pick up those pamphlets and manufacturer booklets – it’s time to freshen up your knowledge!

Keep Food Out of the Car

Letting your kids eat in the car might seem like a good way to pacify even the grumpiest of kiddos, but when you’re presenting them with a choking hazard and no adult is immediately available to address the situation if they do start choking, you’re allowing space for some very scary (and very dangerous) circumstances. Unless there’s another adult passenger there to supervise the eating, it’s best to just keep food out of the hands of your kids until you get home.

If driving safely with your children is a concern for you, these tips should help you breathe a little easier when you’re on the road with the whole family in tow. What have you done that helps you drive easier and safer with kids in the vehicle?

Flash Flood Driving Tips

Posted on: August 22nd, 2018 by Webolutions Hostmaster No Comments

Flash Flood Driving TipsSummer and Fall both pose risks for drivers in Colorado, especially when it comes to those surprise storms and sudden bouts of heavy rain. Flash flooding is not uncommon in the front range, and if you are on the road when it happens, things can get scary, fast. Flood driving safety is extremely important, so let’s take a minute to review what your options are with some flash flood driving tips should do if faced with no other option than to drive through a flooded area.

Avoid Standing Water

First and foremost – avoid standing water at all costs. If you can move around it safely without changing routes, do so, but proceed with caution. Standing water is dangerous for a number of reasons, including the damage it can do to your vehicle if you drive through it. Standing water in flash flood situations is especially dangerous because it is often deceiving, and may not appear to be moving as quickly as it is, causing unexpected and treacherous situations if you try to plow through it to get to the other side. Even small patches of standing water can cause irrevocable damage to your vehicle if you’re not careful.

Obey the Barricades

If there’s enough warning, local law enforcement may put up barricades in areas where flooding is most likely to happen. If you see these barricades while driving, you have to obey them. They are put up for your safety, and even if they cause an inconvenience to you, chances are they will save you a lot of money in repairs (or the purchase price of a new car entirely) in the long run. Driving around them can lead you into standing water areas or areas where small puddles can turn into treacherous mini-streams soon enough.

Take Alternate Routes

If you have the foresight to see standing water ahead of time, or know that a portion of your originally intended route is prone to flooding when a flash flood watch or warning is issued, we recommend taking an alternate route. It may lengthen the amount of time you’re on the road, but it will also keep you safe and dry, and avoid you having to attempt tricky maneuvers that are likely to leave your vehicle damaged.

Keep an Eye on Items Floating Downstream

In the event that you are forced to drive through standing water, it’s important to take as many extra precautions as possible. This includes watching other vehicles if they are driving through the water first, to see how they manage. You should also keep an eye on items floating downstream, as they have the potential to trap you or crush your vehicle if they are large enough, moving fast enough, and you are in their path (hence could result in auto body repair and yes, we have seen this). Even small obstacles can become dangerous when pushed with the force of rushing flash flood waters.

Get Out of There

Getting through the water safely is ideal, and when you come out on the other side, it’s important to make sure, cautiously, that your vehicle is working as it should. If the water you were driving in water up to or past your wheel rims, testing your brakes slowly and carefully on a patch of clear road is crucial to avoid future accidents. In the event that they are not dry or operating as they should be, you can self-dry them by very gently pressing on the brake pedal with your left foot while maintaining speed with your right.

Sometimes, you get stuck in standing water. If you find yourself stalled, unable to restart your vehicle (which can cause irreparable damage to your car’s engine in flooded conditions), or the water is rising, it’s time to jump ship. If at all possible, roll down a window or open a door in order to get to higher ground as quickly as possible. If necessary, call 9-1-1 or get the attention of someone nearby so they can do this for you.

At the end of the day, avoiding water of any kind pooling on the roads is the best way to keep yourself safe in potential flood situations, but having this knowledge in your back pocket can help you get through when the situations are less than ideal. Stay safe out there!

How to Lower Insurance Rates With Safe Driving

Posted on: July 25th, 2018 by Webolutions Hostmaster No Comments

lower car insuranceHow to Lower Car Insurance

Owning a car isn’t cheap. Sometimes you’ve got payments, and when you don’t you’ve got gas costs, regular maintenance, and insurance. That last one can come with a hefty price tag depending on a number of factors, but did you know the way you drive can be a key to lower car insurance? Whether it’s with new technology or simply a clean record for several years, there are a few ways in which driving safely can score you discounts on your auto insurance, and who doesn’t love saving a little cash on the things that give you peace of mind?

Safe Driving

So what IS safe driving, really? There are a number of ways to define this, but perhaps the most widely accepted in terms of insurance is defensive driving. There are courses offered that you can sign up for, and depending on the course and what your current driving style is, it might make sense. It’s essentially a driver’s ed course on steroids, with programming more suited for experienced drivers, but the safety lessons are the same. You could also take a little time to review your own best driving practices – we all know what makes a driver safe. Pay attention to your surroundings, leave ample space between you and the car in front of you so you have time to react if something unexpected happens, keep your eyes on the road, obey the rules of the road, etc.

Some of it is simply second-nature, but nowadays there is also technology offered by many insurance companies that can help lower your rates based on data collected from your vehicle that adheres to the standards they set forth for what safe driving means to them.

How it Impacts Insurance

The answer here is – it varies. If you’ve completed a defensive driving course, you’ll likely receive at least a 5% discount with most insurance companies, though many may offer more. The longer you have a clean traffic record and no accidents, the more likely your insurance company is to cut you a discount for that as well – though beware here, sometimes these discounts are only available to long-term, company-loyal customers. If you tend to hop insurance companies, those discounts may be harder to come by.

There are also ways to lower car insurance by enrolling in and completing the safe driver programs your individual company offers. Whether it’s State Farm’s Safe Driver program, Progressives’ Snapshot program, or a number of others, these discounts can vary from 15% all the way up to a 50% reduction in rates depending on how well you follow the guidelines they set out. Often the devices you plug into your vehicle to capture this data pertains to hard braking, quick acceleration, late night driving, acceleration out of turns, and other similar factors.

It may be variable, but at the end of the day, driving safely saves you – not just in your insurance rates, but by the simple avoidance of crashes (and auto body repair shops) and other traffic-related infractions like speeding tickets. Regardless of whether or not you care to enroll in an insurance-specific program, there are undeniable benefits to driving defensively and being aware of your surroundings on the road.

Why Summer Driving is Dangerous

Posted on: June 29th, 2018 by Webolutions Hostmaster No Comments

summer driving dangersSummer Driving Dangers

The dangers of driving in the winter are obvious and easy to spot, but did you know that driving in the summer can be even more dangerous? It’s true, though the reasons may not immediately be obvious. Icy streets and the prospect of breaking down in below-freezing temperatures is enough to frighten most drivers, but the deadliest months for being on the road are actually July and August. Don’t believe us? Consider these summer driving dangers when planning your next summertime road trip.

Tire Blowouts

Heat can do a number on your tires, and if you aren’t careful about ensuring the tread is acceptable and the air is filled to proper levels, you are much more likely to face the negative effects of a tire blowout. Depending on when and where the blowout happens, you could be putting yourself and other drivers in some serious danger.

Increased Road Congestion

Summer is roadtrip season, and that means a lot more cars are on the road. Even when it’s not prime travel season, weekend trips and day treks to fun new trails and destinations are much more frequent on people’s agenda than they were in the winter. With more vehicles on the road, it makes sense that the chance of something going wrong would be on the rise as well. Unfortunately, distracted driving is still very much an issue. So many drivers still have their phones in hand and their eyes not on the road the way they ought to be. The key here is to stay vigilant. You can’t account for every other driver on the road, but you can make sure to stay alert and focused to help you react to potential issues more quickly and potentially avoid a devastating crash or pileup.

Teens on the Road

School’s out for the summer and that means there are more teens on the road than during any other time of year. Not all teens have a bad driving record, but it’s worth being aware of. Teens, on average, have far less driving experience than their adult counterparts, and less experience means a greater chance for something to go wrong. Add in the fact that today’s teens have often grown up with screens and cell phones in their hands almost constantly and you have a potential recipe for disaster.

Excess Heat

The sun beating down and the temperatures rising up may not seem like quite as big a deal inside a car with air conditioning and climate control, but the sunlight beaming through those windows and the sky-high temps during the dog days of summer can still cause problems for drivers, especially on long trips. If you’re going to be on the road for more than an hour, make sure you have water on hand to stay hydrated. Dehydration on long trips can lead to highway hypnosis and increased drowsiness, both of which are extremely dangerous when left unattended.

Summer, just like any other time of year, comes with its own set of dangers on the road. Being aware of what the big things to look out for are and keeping them in mind when you’re behind the wheel are important steps of being a responsible driver and keeping your vehicle working its best for longer. If you find yourself in a crash at the hand of any of these dangers, call the trusted team at Accurate Auto Body for collision repair and we’ll get you back on the road quickly without compromising quality of work.

Must Haves in Every Trunk

Posted on: May 30th, 2018 by Webolutions Hostmaster No Comments

Accurate Auto Body Shop Denver 684132780What Should Be In Your Car

Being prepared for roadside mishaps or vehicle malfunctions is about more than having the tools necessary to survive in bad weather. It’s about being prepared all the time. As your auto body repair experts, we know that no matter how reliable your vehicle may be, there is always the chance that something out of your control happens when you least expect it. If you can’t anticipate the issues, you can at least feel confident that whatever may come, you’re ready to handle it without missing a beat. All vehicle owners should have a kit of necessary tools and supplies in their trunk or back seat at all times, but if you’re not sure what that kit should include, here are the essentials we recommend.

Jumper Cables

There’s a good reason this is number one on the list – jumper cables can mean the difference between you getting home safely or needing to call and wait for a tow truck. We suggest having a self-starting jumper cable kit so you don’t need another car there to help you out, but if that’s not doable, having at least a set of the cables themselves can be a total lifesaver in an unexpected non-starter situation.

First Aid Kit

This is just good sense. Whether you’re an adventurer taking your vehicle on endless excursions to risky places, spending your weekends hiking in the Rocky Mountains where hazards may trip you up or surprise you on your path, or you’re busy taking the kids to various sports and after-school activities all year round, a first aid kit just makes sense. Having one in the back of your car means you’re prepared for any on-the-go injuries that may occur.

Hazard Triangles/Flares

When your car breaks down in the middle of nowhere, or even worse – on a busy road, you need to have the supplies necessary to keep you, and your vehicle safe and seen. Hazard triangles and flares will make this easy in either situation. Flares can help you find help when you’re in the dark or off the beaten path, whereas hazard triangles will allow you to set up a perimeter around your vehicle and alert oncoming traffic to the fact that something is abnormal up ahead. These two things can, quite literally, save lives on the road by keeping you and the vehicles around you safe and informed.

Tire Jack and Spare Tire

Flat tires, popped tires, tires leaking air too quickly to be sustainable. Those four wheels are what keep you rolling on down the road safely, and when something goes awry with them you need to be fully prepared to handle it. Having a tire jack and your spare tire handy are must-haves for every vehicle owner. Understanding how to operate the tire jack and change out your tire is also an important part of this item on the list. If you have the equipment but can’t do anything with it when the time comes, you may as well not have it in your trunk at all. Do a little research on how to change a tire and put a spare on – then do some test runs when you’re safely at your destination or in your own garage to ensure you become a tire-changing master should the in-the-field scenario ever pop up.

Flashlight

If you’re stuck in the dark, you’re going to need to see. And sure, your phone might have a flashlight, but do you really want that thing running out of battery quickly? Having spare flashlights and batteries in your trunk will make it much easier to see not only your surroundings but also what’s going on under the hood if you’re stranded in the dark.

Food and Blankets

Sometimes, the worst case scenario happens. It may be rare, but it does happen – you wind up stranded somewhere where it could take hours, maybe even days before someone finds you. If that should ever happen to you, you’ll be glad you had food and blankets in the trunk to keep you warm, nourished, and safe while you waited for help. Always keep your stock of snacks and food refreshed and filled, and consider adding a change of clothes to your blanket pile.

Being prepared for the worst lessens the blow when any version of it occurs, and while we hope that you never wind up in a situation where you have to use the kit in your trunk, you’ll be glad it’s all in there if and when you do. What are some of your trunk must-haves?

Staying Alert on Road Trips

Posted on: April 11th, 2018 by Webolutions Hostmaster No Comments

staying awake while drivingStaying Awake While Driving

With the impending summer months come road trips galore, but one thing a lot of drivers miss when getting caught up in the excitement and romanticism surrounding a big, long trip is the nitty-gritty fact of the matter – you’re driving for a LONG time. If you’re covering long distances across multiple states, chances are a bulk of this time is spent on the highway through some pretty boring scenery. So how do you stay alert when you’ve got miles upon miles ahead of you? Here are some of our best tips – many of which will help you avoid the need for auto body repair.

Caffeine

If you’re starting early (or even if you’re not), we recommend having caffeine on hand. A good cup (or 5) of coffee can make all the difference in how awake you feel when you’re starting to lack energy. The downside to this particular tip is that you’ll probably be making more pit stops for potty breaks, but the trade-off is often worth it.

Good Music

We already discussed the mechanics of creating an amazing playlist, but we stand by the suggestion. Good music with varied beats and a general upbeat rhythm is the key to keeping yourself awake and engaged. Plus, who doesn’t love a good car sing-along to get the blood flowing and make you focus a little harder on the task at hand? Bonus points if you’re belting out the high notes in “Defying Gravity” from the musical Wicked.

Frequent Breaks

We know, you want to get to the destination as quickly as possible, but taking breaks is paramount. You need to stretch your legs, give your vehicle a moment or two to breathe, and wake your body up. Moving around helps keep you alert and lets you take stock of any muscles that might be getting a little too fatigued. If you’re bound and determined to get there as fast as possible, maybe it’s time to adjust your view of the journey. After all, it’s supposed to be just as exciting and fun as the destination, and it can be if you let it!

Swap Out Drivers

At the end of the day, it’s important to know your limits. Going on a road trip with friends or family is great for many reasons, but one of the best is that you have multiple drivers available. There’s just no fighting the fatigue past a certain point, and when you hit that point you need to own up to it and swap out. Never put your safety or the safety of your passengers at risk in favor of “powering through.” Take turns at the wheel. Staying alert comes much easier when you have the chance to take a cat nap or two.

Hydration

Again, this may contribute to the necessity of point number three, but staying hydrated is important, even (and in some ways, especially) on long road trips. A dehydrated body can slip into fatigue quickly, as well as encountering other unpleasant side effects if left alone for too long, so keeping a few full water bottles in the car with you while you drive is a must-do when you’re traversing the country.

Summer road trips can create some of the best memories you’ve got, but it’s important if you’re doing long legs in a single trip that you watch out for your safety, the safety of your passengers, and the safety of everyone you’re sharing the road with. Highway hypnosis can be a very real and very dangerous thing, so avoiding it at all costs is best.

Spring Car Maintenance Tips

Posted on: March 22nd, 2018 by Webolutions Hostmaster No Comments

spring car maintenance tipsWarmer weather has a lot of people realizing the get in, warm up, and go method of getting through winter driving might not cut it anymore. When the temps are low and you have to bundle up to get anywhere, it’s understandable that proactive maintenance on your vehicle occasionally falls off the radar. But now that we’re dealing with slightly more spring-like weather, it’s time to consider some basic spring car maintenance tips to ensure your vehicle is in working order and you’re not in for any unexpected surprises.

The Basics

If you haven’t over the winter (or even if you have!) it’s time to check up on those basics. Make sure your oil levels are good, or schedule an oil change if you’re approaching the mileage or date on that little sticker they give you. Check our air filter (or have them do it when they change your oil) and ensure all the basics are up to par and doing what they need to be.

Wiper Blades

Another one of the key spring car maintenance tips is around your wiper blades. Chances are, those blades have faced some weather this winter. Snow, ice, and rain are all commonplace in a Colorado winter, and the former two can be pretty rough on your wiper blades if you aren’t careful. Check your blades for any signs of wear and tear that might impact your windshield if you keep using them, and if they aren’t performing well or look a little ragged, it might be time to replace them.

Wash and Wax

It’s been cold, it’s been gray, and the idea of taking your car through the wash has been a miserable one. But now you’re dealing with dust, salt, and general grime build up and it’s time to get your vehicle washed and waxed. Left unwashed for too long, salt build-up can cause rust and other damage to your vehicle, so while it may seem like this one is purely cosmetic, it actually does hold some importance when it comes to your car’s ability to function properly. And hey, it doesn’t hurt to have your vehicle looking all spruced up again, either.

Deep Clean Interior

If you’re anything like us, it’s likely that the clutter that normally resides in your car has accumulated over the winter. That’s why, when you get the exterior cleaned up, it’s a good idea to do a deep clean on the interior as well. Spring cleaning shouldn’t just apply to your home, after all. Clear the clutter, vacuum, clean seats as needed and wipe down any surfaces that are looking a little lackluster. Maybe grab a new air freshener or two while you’re at it and next thing you know it’ll feel like you’re driving around in a brand new vehicle all over again.

Get Those Tires Spruced Up

The last of our spring car maintenance tips is about your wheels. Tires typically need some attention after a long winter with fluctuating temperatures and rougher road conditions. First things first, check your pressure. Most vehicles have sensors that will alert you when your tire pressure is low, but it doesn’t hurt to do a manual check after a long winter, either. This is also a good time to get your alignment and suspension checked just in case.

Taking care of your vehicle is always a year-round thing, but as the temps warm up, it’s a good idea to add a few extra things to the typical list so when you start planning those summer road trips, you don’t have to worry!

Most Common Reasons People Fail Driving Tests

Posted on: February 7th, 2018 by Webolutions Hostmaster No Comments

Common Reasons People Fail Driving TestsAh, the dreaded driving tests. Whether you’re a teenager just getting your license or an adult taking a test for renewal purposes or any other extenuating circumstance, you might be a little nervous. We live in a world where driving is so often an everyday part of life, from the morning commute to road trip vacations and just running errands around town or meeting up with friends. We drive pretty much everywhere these days, so when the chance that your license might be taken away from you, or not granted at all, comes up, it’s understandably a little nerve-wracking. If you’re worried, consider spending a little extra time studying and practicing for these things – they are the areas where drivers most commonly get tripped up.

Parallel Parking

If you’ve been driving for any amount of time, you’ve probably noticed that parallel parking isn’t the easiest thing you’ll ever have to do as a driver. Alignment, spatial awareness, and a keen eye for checking those rear view mirrors and blind spots before you go swinging the front end of your vehicle out into a lane that could hold incoming traffic are the keys to success here. Also, spend some time perfecting that moment you need to stop cranking the steering wheel in one direction and start easing it in the other for the A+ worthy parallel parking job of your instructor’s dreams.

Incorrect Use of Signals

Thinking about making that lane change? Better have your blinker on. Same goes for turns. And don’t go using your hazard lights when you need something from your building but don’t feel like finding a viable parking spot so you wind up in the no park zone instead. Incorrectly using your signals, or bad habits built up over time that spill into your testing time won’t do you any good when you’re trying to get your license back. Even if you think you know all the correct ways to use your signals, pre-test is a good time to brush up on that information.

Improper Decision Making at Road Junctions

You’re coming to a stop sign, or a stoplight, or some other junction where you are likely to meet traffic traveling in different directions. There are often a plethora of decisions to be made as you approach such a junction, and you need to know what your plan is well before you arrive at said junction. Often, drivers will fail their test because they didn’t put enough forethought into what their next move was. Or, even worse, once they arrived at the junction, they didn’t obey the traffic laws or made a poor decision that could have dire consequences if exercised in the real world with other drivers outside of the test environment.

Inappropriate Speed

Yeah, you heard that right. We know, we know. “Everyone speeds.” When you’re in a testing environment, paying attention to the speed limits is important, but if you’re used to zooming over those posted limits, you’re not likely to realize you’re doing it in the middle of a test, either. The best way to overcome this is to routinely drive within the speed limits. Those limits are posted for a reason, and you’re not going to win any bonus points with your test administrator for accelerating well beyond them.

It’s easy to get tripped up when it comes to getting tested in order to receive or maintain your driver’s license, but if you study up, drive defensively and with caution, paying attention to your surroundings at all times and the laws of the road, you should have no trouble passing with flying colors. If you’re heading into a test soon, good luck! We hope to see you (safe and sound) on the road soon.