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Best Snow Tires for Colorado Mountains

Posted on: December 27th, 2021 by Accurate Auto Body Shop 1 Comment

The Front Range experienced an extended snowless period in 2021, setting the record for the latest first snow in Denver, and almost tying the longest period without snow as of the time of this writing. This might make people who don’t spend time in the mountains think they don’t need snow tires.

However, the Colorado Rocky Mountains have been getting a steady supply of snow for months, which means that if you live in the mountains or spend a lot of time there, switching to snow tires is an important way to avoid needing collision repair.

At Accurate Auto Body, we want you to stay safe on the roads this winter, so we want to help you choose the best snow tires. There are many good options, though they may not all come in sizes appropriate for your vehicle. Here are a few points to consider about your snow tires, as well as some suggested options for you.

What about Studded Tires?

studded snow tires for winter driving When thinking about true snow tires, many people’s first thought goes to studded tires. Colorado is one of the few states where you can have studded tires at any time of year, and this might make them appealing.

However, for the most part, studded tires are not necessary. Modern tread designs on snow tires work great on roads covered with powder, packed snow, and slush. If you’re off-roading through deep snow, it’s best to put on chains. The place where you will see the most benefit from studded tires is on icy roads. If you often find yourself on slick ice, studded tires might be a good choice for you, but we mostly are looking at non-studded tires.

Bridgestone Blizzak Tires

Although many people have their personal favorites, there’s one snow tire that Colorado mountain drivers talk about most: Blizzak.

Blizzak tires utilize multi-cell tubes – a porous rubber that acts like a sponge – to disperse water from the surface of snow and ice to improve contact between the car and the surface. Then the tire’s grip particles, like mini studs embedded in the rubber, can give your tire additional grip. This provides great control in snow, slush, and even on ice.

There are six different models of Blizzak tires, making it easier to find one that fits your car and your driving needs.

General Tire Altimax Arctic

Another snow tire that is popular among Colorado mountain drivers is the General Tire Altimax Arctic series.

These tires have advanced sipes to help grip in snow and additional raised ridges within their grooves to provide even better traction in snow. Plus, this line of tires is studdable if you need studs for driving in icy conditions.

Nokian Hakkapeliitta R3

best snow tires for Colorado Nokian Tyres promotes itself as the northernmost tire manufacturer in the world and focuses on producing the best snow tires. Although the manufacturer offers multiple studded tires, this non-studded version is extremely popular. Well-designed grooves and sipes give this tire great grip in snowy conditions. Plus, it has great performance on dry roads. They’re also available in most sizes, making this an accessible choice. The only downside is that they wear quickly in warm, dry weather.

When Snow Tires Weren’t Enough, Choose Accurate Auto Body

Unfortunately, sometimes even the best snow tire isn’t enough to protect you from a traffic accident. Pile-ups can force you to stop faster than any tire possibly could under snowy or icy conditions. Plus, you can’t count on other people to be using their snow tires, and someone on bald all-weather tires can easily slide into you.

If you were involved in a traffic accident on snowy Colorado roads, whether in the High Country or along the Front Range, look for an auto body shop that is not just capable of handling the collision repairs, but also cares about you.

Accurate Auto Body is a highly awarded auto body shop, I-CAR gold class recognized, Toyota trained and certified by Honda.  Our Focus on You Service™ system offers many benefits when shops get busy in or after the winter accident season. We offer guaranteed estimates and a guaranteed completion date. Plus, we work around your schedule and deal with your insurance company. We also treat you with respect and compassion. We know being in an accident is stressful enough – you don’t need more stress from your collision repair shop.

Please call 303-344-2212 or use our online contact form to request an estimate on your repairs at Accurate Auto Body, serving customers in Denver and Aurora, CO.

How Do I Know If I Need New Tires?

Posted on: November 24th, 2021 by Accurate Auto Body Shop No Comments

old tires that need to be replaced Although fall came a little late to the Front Range, and the weather remains warm, it’s time to start thinking about winter weather and preparing your car for winter driving conditions. After all, some of the worst winter storms can come suddenly, when warm, moist air meets a mass of cold air right over the region. So, it’s best to be prepared for winter weather before it hits.

You don’t want your first warning that you need new tires to be when you slide out of control and get in a collision. As much as we like to keep busy at our collision repair shop, we’d rather not see your car in our shop getting its crumpled front end replaced. So here are some things to consider that can help you know when you need new tires.

Worn Tread

One of the biggest factors in needing new tires is the wear on your tire’s tread. Traditionally, people have recommended the penny test, where you put a penny upside down into the tread of the tire and if you can see all of Lincoln’s head, you need new tires.

However, this test is not sufficient in Colorado, not if you want to stay on the good side of Colorado’s traction law. The penny test measures whether you have at least 2/32 (1/16) inch of tread on your tires. However, when the traction law is in effect, your tires must have at least 3/16 inch of tread, three times as much!

So, if you’re planning on driving your 4WD or AWD car in the snow, or relying on snow tires, all-weather tires, or winter tires, make sure you use a tire tread gauge or use our updated tread guide in our Colorado Traction Law refresher.

When to Transition to Snow Tires

snow tires Speaking of snow tires, when is the best time to transition to snow tires? The general guideline is that you should transition to snow tires when the temperature is regularly less than 45° F. While that seems impossible to imagine this year, remember that this relates to the time you’re actually driving. While our afternoons are quite warm right now, the mornings have turned chilly. If your morning commute regularly happens at less than 45° F, now might be a good time to transition to snow tires.

You can also read more detailed information about transitioning to snow tires.

Damaged Tires

In addition to wear, you will need to replace your tires when they are damaged. A visual inspection will help you detect damaged tires. Look for uneven tread wear, cracking, or visible bulges on the side of the tire. All these indicate the tire is damaged and may be likely to fail – possibly catastrophically – in the near future.

You might also detect tire damage by noticing that they’re not holding air pressure, or if they are making unusual noises or motions when you drive.

Old Tires

Sometimes, your tires might look and function fine, but they need replacement anyway. Tires degrade with age, so it’s important to replace them when they get too old. Depending on who you ask, the age to replace tires is either six years or ten years.

Accurate Auto Body Can Help

If you weren’t able to get your tires replaced in time and were unfortunate enough to be involved in a collision as a result, Accurate Auto Body can help. We offer a wide range of collision repair services to restore your vehicle to its pre-accident condition.

Our Focus on You Service System™ has been created to ensure that you have a good experience throughout every stage of the vehicle repair process. We treat all our guests with respect, and we listen to your needs. We help you understand your options so you can choose the best collision repair solution for you. Then we will give you a guaranteed price, and a guaranteed completion time. Plus, we work around your schedule to make your vehicle repairs as convenient as possible.

Please call 303-344-2212 or email us today to schedule an appointment at Accurate Auto Body. We serve customers in Denver, Aurora and the surrounding areas of Colorado.

Winter Vehicle Prep Tips to Avoid Accidents

Posted on: October 20th, 2021 by Accurate Auto Body Shop 1 Comment

collision repair for winter car accident Colorado winters may not be as harsh as they used to be, but it’s still important to prepare your car for winter driving if you want to avoid accidents.

There are many things you should do for the health of your car, such as checking batteries and keeping gas tanks full, but we’re going to focus on the things that will help you avoid getting in an accident. We know that there will be plenty of cars getting collision repair in our auto body shop this winter – we don’t need to see yours, too!

Inflate Tires

As the temperature drops, so does the pressure in your tires. Having underinflated tires can affect not just your gas mileage, but your maneuvering. A car with underinflated tires is less responsive in steering and needs more distance to stop.

Check Tire Tread

Your tire tread is designed to give you traction in adverse conditions such as on wet, snowy roads. Having good tire tread is important to maintaining maneuverability in the winter. Note that Colorado’s new traction law requires a deeper tread to be in compliance (3/16” vs. 1/8”) so old-fashioned tests of tread depth are insufficient.

Consider Winter Tires

If you are checking your tread and notice that there’s not enough, now might be a good time to upgrade to winter tires. Winter tires can give you better handling and braking during snowy conditions. The trade-off is that winter tires can diminish your gas mileage, but it’s often worth it.

Check Your Brakes

It’s a good idea to get your car a checkup before the winter season is in full swing. As part of this checkup, you should make sure your brakes are inspected. Make sure all brake components are in good shape, and that the entire system is working properly (including anti-lock brakes and traction control systems).

Replace Windshield Wiper Blades

Visibility is paramount in winter driving. You can’t maneuver around obstacles that you can’t see. Making sure you can see means being able to clear your windshield during winter weather. If your windshield wiper blades aren’t up to the task, either because they’re worn out or they’ve degraded with sunlight, it’s time to replace them. Don’t forget your rear wiper, either!

Get Freeze Resistant Wiper Fluid

Start by checking your wiper fluid levels. Don’t forget the rear fluid reservoir, if you have one. If you need more fluid, top it off. Make sure that the windshield wiper fluid you’re using is designed to avoid freezing. Otherwise, it can turn to ice on your windshield, and that won’t help your visibility at all.

Check Your Heat

Having a functioning heater in your car is about more than just comfort. When it gets cold, snow doesn’t just fall onto your windshield, it can freeze there. This creates a thin layer of ice that can make it almost impossible to see out from the car. It’s important to make sure that your windshield defroster is working properly.

Why Choose Accurate Auto Body for Collision Repair

If your car is in an accident, you want several things from your auto body shop: competence, trustworthiness, and compassion.

Accurate Auto Body is an I-CAR Gold Class auto body shop. This means that our technicians achieve and maintain the highest levels of training in the industry. We do this in part with factory training from Toyota and taking part in Honda’s ProFirst collision repair training.

Accurate Auto Body is also trustworthy. We are ranked A+ with the BBB. We maintain this grade by not giving customers reasons to make a claim with the BBB. And if we do have claims, we resolve them quickly to our customers’ satisfaction.

You can also trust us thanks to our Focus on You Service™ system. This means we give you guaranteed pricing, guaranteed completion dates, and educate you on all you need to know about your car’s repairs.

Our Focus on You Service™ system is also a measure of our compassion. We understand how hard it is to live without your car, and we work hard to work around your schedule. We offer fast turnaround times, and fix your damage right the first time.

Need collision repairs on your car after a winter car accident? Please call 303-344-2212 or use our online form to schedule a free repair estimate at our shop in Aurora.

7 Tips to Reduce the Risk of an Accident on Your Summer Road Trip

Posted on: July 26th, 2021 by Accurate Auto Body Shop No Comments

7 Tips to Reduce the Risk of an Accident on Your Summer Road Trip Although air travel, cruises, and other forms of travel are still giving many individuals cause for hesitation right now, the summer road trip remains a viable alternative for fun vacationing as we get through the pandemic. Whether you’re headed into the mountains or down along the plains from the Front Range, there are many great things to see and do within a reasonable driving distance from Denver.

However, when you head out on a road trip, you could be setting yourself up for an accident if you’re not careful. This accident could be minor, requiring just some auto body repair, or it could be serious, leading to injury for you and your family. Here are 7 simple tips to reduce your risk of getting in an accident on your summer road trip.

Familiarize Yourself with Your Car’s Safety Features

Cars are safer today than they’ve ever been. They have many safety features that can help reduce your risk of accidents. Before heading out on a road trip, take some time with your car’s manual. Figure out what safety features your car has, and how to turn them on or off. Make sure you understand both the benefits of the feature and its limitations.

You shouldn’t lean too heavily on the safety features, but using them properly could reduce your risk of accidents, according to the NHTSA.

Take Frequent Breaks

Remember that no matter how advanced the safety features, they are only intended as supports for careful and safe driving. They don’t replace you being attentive to the road and to other cars. In order to be attentive, you need to take frequent breaks while driving.

Count on stopping every couple of hours for a short break. Get out of the car, stretch, and get something to eat and/or drink. A little bit of vigorous physical activity can do wonders for your alertness level.

Divide the Driving Duty and/or Limit Your Hours Driving

No matter how many times you take a break, at a certain point your body is done and needs to stop driving for the day. For this reason, you should only put in so many hours on the road each day. If you want to go more miles each day, you will need to divide the driving duty between drivers.

But use caution: you can’t really count on driving twice as long if you have two drivers. Most people have a natural biorhythm that makes it impossible to stay awake and alert all night. Even with two drivers, you need to count on stopping overnight if you want to minimize your accident risk.

Delegate Duties

Distracted driving is one of the leading causes of accidents on summer road trips (after drowsy driving). Try to minimize distractions by delegating some of the other duties in the car to the person who isn’t driving. Let them handle the radio, the climate control, navigation, food, and other things that need to be done. As the driver, you should put your full focus on driving.

Pull Over for Navigation

7 Tips to Reduce the Risk of an Accident on Your Summer Road Trip Trying to navigate unfamiliar roadways is another leading cause of accidents. Rather than risking an accident by trying a dangerous maneuver when you have to take a surprise turn, it’s a good idea to pull over to make sure you understand upcoming maneuvers when entering an unfamiliar place.

This is especially true if you’re driving alone, but a good idea even if you have someone else navigating. The speed at which you must sometimes change lanes leads to pressure that often causes miscommunication. You take that out of the equation when you pull over and go over navigation with the car safely out of traffic.

Take Advantage of Overlooks

You’re taking a road trip to see more of this wonderful country of ours, so it’s understandable that you might want to gawk at all the beautiful scenery, especially when others in the car are raving about them. You can take a quick glance out the window at the scenery, but if you really want to see it, take the time to pull over and get a good look. Otherwise, you risk having your eyes off the road for too long, which can lead to accidents.

Use a Spotter for Backing in or out

One type of accident that often needs collision repair is backing into an obstacle or another car. You can reduce this risk by utilizing a spotter.

This is a good idea even if you’re accustomed to backing up all the time. You’re in an unfamiliar place, and your vehicle may be packed high with luggage for the road trip. Maybe you’re even towing a trailer. A spotter can tell you about obstacles you might not have noticed or just can’t see from your seat. Backup cameras definitely help these days, but they don’t see everything.

Choose Accurate Auto Body for Your Collision Repair

Even if you’re the most careful driver you can be on a summer road trip, accidents happen. When this occurs, you want to find an auto body shop capable of giving you the repairs you need, on time and on budget.

This is an essential part of our Focus on You Service™ system. We will give you a good estimate of the time and cost of your repairs and get them completed on time and on budget. We also work around your schedule to minimize the disruption in your life. Our mechanics are I-CAR Gold Class certified, with training from Toyota and Honda, so we’re qualified to handle your repairs, including repairs of delicate safety systems.

To get a free estimate on your collision repair, please call 303-344-2212 or use our online contact form to set up an appointment with Accurate Auto Body. We serve individuals in Denver, Aurora and throughout the surrounding areas of Colorado.

 

Safest Vehicles in 2021

Posted on: June 21st, 2021 by Accurate Auto Body Shop No Comments

With their speed and size, cars can be deadly. However, technology is making them safer all the time. They are getting so safe, in fact, that the people who evaluate the safety of cars keep increasing the standards and adding new ranks of safety. Now the safest cars receive a Top Safety Pick + ranking from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) and a 5-star rating from the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration (NHTSA).

Modern cars are safer in part because they don’t just absorb damage in an accident; they help you avoid accidents. The drawback is that if you do get in an accident, these high-tech safety features can be hard to repair and, you need an auto body repair shop that’s capable of handling them. Fortunately, with cars as safe as these, you may never need to visit a collision repair shop.

2021 Mazda 3

Safest Vehicles in 2021 This compact sedan (also available as a hatchback) earned a Top Safety Pick +, has reasonable fuel economy, and a good 5-year cost-to-own. That’s due in part to its high initial quality and reliability.

2021 Subaru Legacy

This midsize sedan not only earned the Top Safety Pick +, it got five stars from the NHTSA in front, side, and rollover tests. Not only that, but it has an excellent 5-year cost to own.

2021 Honda Insight

One of the pioneers of the hybrid car revolution, reinvented as a Prius clone, the Insight is now back as a standard compact hybrid sedan.  It retains its impressive fuel economy and adds outstanding safety.

2021 Mazda 6

This midsize sedan earned the Top Safety Pick + as well as 5 stars from the NHTSA in the front and side crash tests. The only places this doesn’t excel are in its headlights (which range from adequate to good), and pedestrian avoidance systems, which are merely “advanced,” not “superior.”

2021 Honda Accord

With 5-star ratings from the NHTSA all around as well as a Top Safety Pick +, the Honda Accord is one of the safest cars available. It has a diverse suite of standard safety features. A bit pricier than some of the other mid-sizes on the list, it is nonetheless a great value.

2021 Toyota Camry

Safest Vehicles in 2021 Another midsize sedan that earns 5-star ratings all around and Top Safety Pick +, the Camry also includes many standard safety features. Though It’s not the favorite in its class, it is less expensive than the Accord and has an excellent cost-to-own.

2021 Honda Odyssey

This Honda van earns 5 stars from the NHTSA on front and side collision tests, though it only gets 4-stars on rollover tests. It also earns a Top Safety Pick + from the IIHS.

2021 Ram 1500

Pickups can have trouble with rollover risk, but that doesn’t stop this Ram from earning a Top Safety Pick + from the IIHS. It also got a 5-star overall rating from the NHTSA, though it received only 4 stars in front and rollover crash testing.

2021 Volvo XC60

This car received the best ratings in the NHTSA testing of any luxury SUV, as well as achieving the status of a Top Safety Pick +. The only tarnishing marks here are headlights and the ease of LATCH systems.

2021 Subaru Forester

If you are looking for a more affordable and smaller SUV, consider the Subaru Forester. Not only is it a Top Safety Pick + for the IIHS, it scores 5 stars from the NHTSA in front and side impact, with a solid 4-star rating for rollover.

Looking for an Auto Shop After a Crash?

If you were involved in an accident in a new car, collision repair should include fixing the advanced safety systems. That’s why you should choose Accurate Auto Body. In addition to our exclusive Focus on You Service System™, we are certified by both Toyota and Honda, and we maintain I-CAR Gold Class to meet the most rigorous standards for an auto body shop. Continuously updated, this means that we’re prepared to take on even the most advanced repairs for your car.

Please call 303-344-2212 or contact us today for a free estimate. Accurate Auto Body provides comprehensive auto collision services in Denver and the surrounding areas of Colorado.

Most Dangerous Intersections in Denver Metro Area

Posted on: April 28th, 2021 by Accurate Auto Body Shop No Comments

Denver’s become a terrible place to drive. Hundreds of reported crashes a day across the metro area snarl traffic on our roads. At Accurate Auto Body, we see the results of these crashes in twisted metal, shattered glass, and popped plastic panels.

But the crashes aren’t evenly distributed around the area. Instead, there are a few intersections where crashes occur frequently. This means you might want to steer clear of these locations or approach them with caution and an awareness of what makes these intersections so dangerous.

By the Numbers: Dangerous Intersections

car accident at an intersection in Denver Our data about the most dangerous intersections comes from the Denver Police Department, and it was compiled by Westword from 2018-2019. The benefit is that these are hard numbers, but the disadvantage is that these are all located in Denver. While there’s a good likelihood that these are the most dangerous intersections in the area, there is a chance that some places outside the City and County might exceed these figures:

  1. W Alameda Avenue at South Santa Fe Drive: 56 accidents
  2. W Colfax Avenue at Speer Boulevard: 52 accidents
  3. W Evans Avenue at South Federal Boulevard: 47 accidents
  4. W Alameda Avenue at South Federal Boulevard: 47 accidents
  5. Quebec Street at East 36th Avenue: 44 accidents
  6. Speer Boulevard at Auraria Parkway: 44 accidents
  7. West Colfax Avenue at Kalamath Street: 38 accidents
  8. South Colorado Boulevard at East Alameda Avenue: 36 accidents
  9. Central park Boulevard at East martin Luther King Boulevard: 34 accidents
  10. Downing Street at East Colfax Avenue: 33 accidents

What Makes These Intersections So Dangerous?

Unfortunately, it’s harder to get information about the crashes at these intersections that can help us delve into why they experience so many accidents. However, there is data out there about the causes of accidents in the Denver Metro Area that can provide some insight into what makes these intersections so dangerous.

Complexity

The top two intersections in this report are highly complicated intersections. In both cases, these are large multi-lane intersections that defy the normal logic of two cross-streets. Instead, there are odd angles, multiple turn lanes, and sometimes unclear signage to indicate which lanes go where.

In both cases, these intersections are feeding into and from other major interchanges. At Alameda and Santa Fe, people are also trying to manage getting onto and off of I-25. At Colfax and Speer, people are dealing with the difficulties of Colfax and Kalamath, a beast of its own description which is itself on this list.

Congestion

It’s no secret that just the sheer volume of traffic in Denver has been growing and along with it, the number of accidents. There is good evidence that volume alone contributes to the number of accidents at Denver intersections. Evidence shows that more accidents occur in the hour between 5 and 6 pm than at any other time. Accidents are similarly elevated in the morning rush hour and at the lunch hour.

With so many cars on the road, congestion leads to people following too closely. This is a leading cause of accidents, and more than half of all car accidents are rear-end accidents.

Construction

To try to accommodate the constantly increasing number of cars and trucks on Denver’s roads, we have a constantly active series of construction projects going on. Many of these intersections have been undergoing construction for years, which makes them even more complicated and crowded.

Have You Been in an Accident?

If you’ve been in a car accident and suffered damage to your vehicle in Denver, Accurate Auto Body can help. With our exclusive Focus on You Service System™, we give our customers guaranteed quotes and completion dates so you know when your car will be ready and how much repairs will cost. Our award-winning technicians work hard to get the repairs right the first time so you don’t have to waste time on getting repairs redone. Plus, we work with your insurance company.

To get a quote about fixing the damage from your car accident, please contact Accurate Auto Body today.

Preparing for Late Season Heavy Snow

Posted on: March 19th, 2021 by Accurate Auto Body Shop No Comments

March and April are the two snowiest months in Denver. This year’s March blizzard, officially the fourth largest in Denver history, underscored this point. So while you might be looking forward to summer, it’s important to remember that winter may still hold sway on Denver streets. Along with the increased snow comes an increased risk of car accidents.

How do you avoid being one of the many people who get caught in car accidents during these late season snowstorms? Here are a few tips to keep in mind.

Understand the Nature of Spring Storms

Preparing for Late Season Heavy Snow First, it’s important to keep in mind that spring snowstorms are not like winter snowstorms. Spring snow is not just bigger, it’s wetter. And with the warmer temperatures overall, it usually starts melting as soon as it falls. This means you need to be prepared to drive on water and slush. Be aware of the risk of hydroplaning and watch for pools of water.

Remember: you can’t tell how deep a pool is just by looking. Heavy spring snows can carry a lot of water and damming by unmelted snow can create deep pools in unexpected places.

While the days might be warm, causing the snow to melt, the nights are still cold. This will cause the meltwater to freeze into patches of black ice. Often, the main road looks clear, but as long as there is snow or water along the edges of the road, ice might form anywhere when the temperatures drop.

Keep Winter Gear on and in Your Car

With as many warm days as we can have in spring, it’s tempting to take the winter gear off your car or free up space inside by removing things like snow shovels, sandbags, and more.

But that would be premature. There are likely several more snowstorms in our near future. Keep winter gear on or in your car until at least May—even later if you regularly head into the high country. Plus, remember, Colorado’s traction law is now in effect on I-70 continuously from the beginning of September to the end of May.

Keep Stocked Up at Home

One of the best ways to avoid an accident during a winter storm is to just stay home. When the roads are snowy or icy, try to eliminate unnecessary trips. You can eliminate a trip to the grocery store by making sure you have additional supplies on hand for a blizzard.

And remember: if you already dipped into your blizzard supplies during the March storm, it’s time to replenish them so you won’t be caught short in the next storm.

If You Were in an Accident Already

Unfortunately, this advice might come too late for some people. Accident numbers surged in March as people struggled to deal with the massive quantity of snow the storm dropped.

If you were one of the many people caught in an accident after this recent snowstorm, Accurate Auto Body can help. We know it’s hard to find a good body shop, so we make a commitment to quality that you can trust. Our Focus on You Service System™ is a promise we make to every customer. It includes a free estimate, guaranteed pricing, and a guaranteed timetable. Not only that, but we promise to fix it right the first time, ensuring you’re able to get back on the road faster and with fewer hassles.

Not only that, but we’ll deal with your insurance company so you don’t have to. We know how to cut through the red tape and get you paid for your claim.

Want to learn for yourself what sets Accurate Auto Body apart from other body shops? Please call 303-344-2212 or use our online form to schedule a visit our comfortable, welcoming office today to get a free estimate.

Colorado Traction Law: A Refresher

Posted on: November 23rd, 2020 by Accurate Auto Body Shop 1 Comment

With all the of the craziness of 2020, it would be understandable if you forgot about one of 2019’s big issues: a major update to Colorado’s Traction Law. However, it’s an important issue that you need to be aware of, because running afoul of it could not only put you at risk for getting stuck on the road or getting into an accident, it could land you with a hefty fine on top of your tow or repair bill.

The Law Covers All Passenger Vehicles on I-70

Colorado Traction Law: A Refresher

Colorado Traction Law: A Refresher

The most sweeping change signed into effect by Governor Jared Polis in 2019 was the expansion of the Traction Law to cover all passenger vehicles traveling on I-70 between Dotsero and Morrison from the beginning of September until the end of May.

In addition, the Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) can put the Traction Law into effect on any highway in the state at any time that conditions require it. In worse conditions, CDOT can implement the Chain Law, which requires all passenger vehicles to have chains or an AutoSock®.

How to Comply with the Traction Law

What does the Traction Law require? If you are on a highway where the traction law is in effect, your car must be equipped with at least one of the following:

  • 4WD or AWD and at least 3/16” tread depth on the tires
  • Tires with a mud and snow designation (M+S icon) and 3/16” tread depth
  • Winter tires (mountain-snowflake icon) and 3/16” tread depth
  • Tires with an all-weather rating by the manufacturer and 3/16” tread depth
  • Chains or an AutoSock®

The increase in tread depth to 3/16” was part of the 2019 update to the law. The best way to measure this is with a tire tread gauge.

You can also use a coin to measure it but be aware that most “handy guides” are for measuring 4/32” or 2/16” tread, the time you would normally want to replace your tires. This level of tread will not put you in compliance with the Traction Law. Instead of measuring with George Washington’s head on a quarter, turn it so that the words “In God We Trust” go in first. If you can see the “d” in “God,” you’re not in compliance. If you have a penny, use the back. On old pennies (with the Lincoln Memorial), the words “E Pluribus Unum” should be completely covered by your tread. For newer pennies (with the shield), the tread should touch the top of “E Pluribus Unum” to be in compliance.

The Penalties for Noncompliance

As with many automotive equipment laws in Colorado, violations of the Traction Law are enforced as secondary offenses. If you have a crash or cause traffic delays, you will be cited for violations of the Traction Law.

If you are caught driving without proper equipment, you could be fined more than $130. If you block the roadway because you don’t have proper equipment, the fine could be in excess of $650.

Were You in an Accident?

Whether or not you were complying with the Traction Law, accidents happen in wintry weather. If so, you want to get your car back on the road for a guaranteed price and at a guaranteed time. Our Focus on You Service System™ means you get a guaranteed quote and a guaranteed completion date. Since we work around your schedule, you can get your repairs completed with a minimum disruption to your routine and your budget.

To learn more about our unique approach to auto body repair, please contact Accurate Auto Repair today.

How Do I Prepare My Car for Winter Driving?

Posted on: October 26th, 2020 by Accurate Auto Body Shop No Comments
How Do I Prepare My Car for Winter Driving?

How Do I Prepare My Car for Winter Driving?

As we approach November, we’re starting to see a transition to winter weather in Colorado. This serves as a great reminder that it’s time to start preparing your car for winter driving. The harsh weather and hazardous road conditions make it critical that you prepare your vehicle for optimal cold weather performance. Often, these actions can help reduce your risk of a car accident.

The following tips will help ensure your vehicle is ready for winter. If you have any questions about the steps that need to be taken, the team at Accurate Auto Body is here to help.

Winter Tire Prep

Your tires are an important piece of equipment, especially during cold, snowy weather. Make sure to take the following steps to ensure your tires are ready for winter:

  • Switch to snow tires – Whether you drive into the mountains or stay local around Denver, transitioning to snow tires is one of the most important things to do before winter driving. Snow tires have deeper tread than other tires, improving their performance in snow. In addition, snow tires use a type of rubber that won’t become hard and brittle when temperatures drop below freezing. This will provide improved grip on cold roads.
  • Inspect your tire tread – It’s important to make sure your tires have adequate tread for winter driving. You can check your tire tread by placing a penny in the groove of your tire. If you can still see more than the top of Lincoln’s head, you need to replace your tires.
  • Check your tire pressure – In general, your tires will lose 1 psi for every ten-degree drop in temperature. Therefore, it’s crucial to test the air pressure as the weather gets colder since underinflated tires can result in poor performance on winter roads. Check your owner’s manual to find out the recommended tire pressure for your vehicle.

Bring Your Car to the Mechanic for a Checkup

Schedule an appointment with your mechanic to make sure the following items are functioning properly:

  • Battery – Battery performance is impacted by cold weather. Your mechanic will make sure it’s holding a proper charge, and he can remove any corrosion from the connections.
  • Brakes – Properly functioning brakes are critical during winter driving conditions. Always make sure your brakes don’t need to be replaced before the snow starts falling.
  • Coolant – Make sure the level, concentration and condition of your coolant is checked. During winter months, it’s best to use a 50/50 mix of antifreeze and water.
  • Heating system – In addition to keeping you warm and comfortable on a cold day, your heating system will ensure your defroster works properly. This is crucial for driving safely during a winter storm.

Check Your Windshield Wiper System

The start of winter is generally a good time to give your windshield wiper system a refresh:

  • Replace old, worn down wiper blades with a new pair. Consider purchasing winter blades that will more effectively remove built-up snow and ice.
  • Refill your windshield wiper fluid. Use a cold-weather formula that won’t freeze as it hits your windshield.
  • Make sure you have a backup jug of wiper fluid in your car in case you run out during a snow storm.
  • Check the spray nozzles to make sure they’re not blocked. If necessary, you can clear blocked wiper spray nozzles with a pin or needle.

Check Your Lights

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Visibility is often poor during the winter months due to shorter periods of daylight and the frequency of snow storms. As a result, it’s crucial that your lights are working properly so that you can see when visibility conditions are poor.

Start your vehicle and turn on all the lights, including your hazard lights. Walk around the vehicle to make sure they’re all working properly. If any lights are burned out, pick up a replacement at your local auto body parts store. Head and tail lights are easy to replace yourself, but the staff at the auto parts store will often assist you if you’re unsure of how to perform this task.

Pack a Winter Supply Kit

Breakdowns and car accidents are a common occurrence in winter months. In addition, you’re more likely to be stopped on the highway for extended periods of time due to storm and accident closures. It’s important to have the right supplies in your vehicle to ensure you stay safe if you get stranded on the highway:

  • Flashlight and extra batteries
  • Road flares
  • First aid kit
  • Cell phone charger
  • Blankets
  • Non-perishable snacks
  • Small bag of sand or kitty litter for extra traction on slippery conditions
  • Extra gloves and hat
  • Small snow shovel
  • Tire chains
  • Jumper cables

Accurate Auto Body Can Help

While these preventive measures are important, accidents do happen on occasion. If you’re involved in a car accident this winter, Accurate Auto Body can help. We offer a wide range of collision repair services to restore the appearance and function of your vehicle.

Accurate Auto Body is the only body shop in the Denver and Aurora area with an exclusive Focus on You Service System™ dedicated to making sure your needs are always placed first. This approach ensures that you’ll always:

  • Be treated with the highest levels of respect during every step of the repair process
  • Feel comfortable whenever you visit our shop
  • Receive guaranteed pricing to avoid surprises during later stages of the process
  • Receive guaranteed completion dates so that you can plan accordingly
  • Be informed of all your options and have all questions answered in a courteous, professional manner
  • Receive faster turnaround times to reduce the hassles associated with vehicle repairs
  • Have your vehicle fixed properly the first time
  • Have your schedule accommodated when arranging for repairs
  • Receive assistance with the insurance claims process to ensure it’s handled properly

Please contact us today to get a repair estimate. Accurate Auto Body serves individuals in Aurora, Denver and the surrounding areas of Colorado.

When Should I Transition to Snow Tires?

Posted on: October 21st, 2020 by Accurate Auto Body Shop 1 Comment

October in Colorado is a time of transition for the weather, and we’re starting to see the temperature consistently drop each week. As the cold weather approaches, it serves as a reminder that you should start thinking about putting on your snow tires.

In general, you should switch to snow tires once the temperature consistently remains below 45 degrees. The time of day you typically drive may impact how soon you should consider changing tires. While the temperature regularly rises above 50 degrees during the day in mid-October, it is generally much colder in the morning and at night. If your primary drive time is during a commute, it’s likely that temperatures are below 45 degrees when you’re on the road.

There are several other factors to consider which make right now an ideal time to put on your snow tires:

  • Early season snow – October snow storms are fairly common in Colorado. Car accidents often occur more frequently during these early storms since many people don’t have the proper traction of snow tires yet and it has been awhile since they’ve driven in winter conditions. Getting ahead of the curve with transitioning to snow tires can give you the traction you need to avoid an accident while others are sliding around the road during these early season snow storms.
  • Avoid the busy rush – If you plan on having your local tire shop switch your tires for you, it’s important to plan ahead. Tire shops are already starting to experience an uptick in business due to customers transitioning to snow tires. If you wait too long to schedule an appointment, it may take several weeks before they are able to help. While we haven’t had any snow yet, it’s likely that we’ll see a storm or two over the next few weeks and it’s best to be prepared when the snow arrives.

Why Should I Switch to Snow Tires?

When Should I Transition to Snow Tires?

When Should I Transition to Snow Tires?

You may be wondering why it’s important to switch to snow tires, especially if you have an all-wheel drive vehicle with highly rated all-weather tires. While all-weather tires provide a well-rounded product that can be used year-round, they aren’t ideal for cold temperatures and snowy conditions. The decreased performance experienced during cold weather will significantly increase your risk of an accident. This is true whether you head to the mountains all winter or stay local.

The term “snow tires” is actually a bit of a misnomer. A more correct way to describe them would be to use the term “winter tires” because they are specifically designed to perform well throughout all cold conditions, regardless of whether there is snow on the ground:

  • Winter tires use different rubber compounds which don’t harden with freezing temperatures. This provides greater flexibility and grip on a cold road.
  • Winter tires have deeper treads and more prevalent siping (thin horizontal slits along the tread). This helps them dig into snowy, icy conditions more effectively.

In addition, you’ll experience the following benefits from snow tires:

  • Better braking – The rubber on all-weather tires becomes hard and brittle once it freezes, and this will increase the likelihood of skidding. Snow tires will stay softer, allowing them to respond better in the event that you’re forced to stop unexpectedly.
  • Reduced hydroplaning – It’s common for surface ice to melt as tires roll over the pavement. This can create a layer of water on top of the ice which causes vehicles to hydroplane. The grooves in winter tires help push this surface water to the side to reduce hydroplaning.
  • Greater maneuverability – The deep tread and improved siping provides better traction, making it easier to maneuver your vehicle through snowy conditions. This is especially crucial when driving through the mountains during a winter storm.

Accurate Auto Body Can Help

Snow tires are an essential purchase for Colorado drivers, and they can significantly reduce your risk of a car accident during the winter months. That being said, accidents still happen to experienced drivers who use the proper tires. If you end up in an accident this winter, Accurate Auto Body can help.

We offer comprehensive auto body shop services to repair any issue you may have following a collision. We’re equipped to work with your insurance company in order to facilitate a smooth claims process. Our team can also help if you’re not filing an insurance claim, and we’ll work with you to ensure your repairs fit into your budget.

When you work with Accurate Auto Body, you’ll benefit from our Focus On You Service System™ which ensures you’ll always:

  • Be treated with the highest levels of respect
  • Feel comfortable in our warm and welcoming environment
  • Receive guaranteed pricing
  • Receive guaranteed completion dates
  • Be made aware of all your options
  • Experience faster turnaround times
  • Have your vehicle fixed right the first time
  • Be able to have repairs performed around your schedule
  • Receive assistance with the insurance claims process

Please contact us today to schedule an appointment. Accurate Auto Body serves customers in Aurora, Denver and the surrounding areas of Colorado.