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How to Repair a Car Dent

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April 26, 2016

Repair a Car DentRepairing a large car dent will require a trip to a repair shop like ours. But if the dent is very small, you can fix it yourself. With a few simple tools, you can fix dents on the cheap. Here are a few tried and true methods to repair a car dent.

  1. Specialty Kits – Probably one of the first things that catches your interest when researching how to fix a dent, specialty kits can be useful. While they have a shaky track record, most are relatively cheap which means you can still save money with a single purchase over a trip to the repair shop.
  2. Plunger – Arguably the most well-known method for removing dents, a sink plunger, also known as a cup plunger, will work on most small and medium-sized dents. Apply water to the plunger and the dent then push and pull. The suction will remove the dent.
  3. Hot Water – Plastic bumpers aren’t known for their flexibility and a dent can be hard to remove. To make popping the dent out easier, remove the bumper, pour boiling water on it, then push the dent out. The heat should make the plastic easier to maneuver.

Winter Driving Tips

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February 5, 2016

Winter driving tipsDriving in the winter can be tough, especially when there is snow and ice on the road to deal with.  Here are some winter driving tips to keep you safe (and out on the road) during the season:

  1. Slow down – Seriously, there’s no rush. You should reduce your speed by 50% when driving on snowy roads, but it’s important to not go any slower than that because losing your momentum means you might get stuck.
  2. Loosen your grip – Clinging too tightly to the steering wheel can actually cause a loss of control. Keep a light touch on all of your controls.
  3. Know how to deal with skids – We all know how easy it is to skid when braking on icy roads. But the key is not to brake too hard, as this will lock your brakes up.  If you start to skid, turn gently towards the direction you want to go and don’t touch the brakes.

These simple tips will keep you safer on the road.  And if you’re a AAA member, they can help you out of a bad situation, too.  Here are even more tips from them.  Stay safe!

Tips for Driving in Winter Weather

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November 20, 2015

Driving in Winter WeatherDriving in winter weather isn’t desirable to anyone, let alone those traveling to see family. If you aren’t used to winter weather, we’d recommend you stay off the roads. That isn’t always possible, though, and winter can be harsh. To stay safe, remember these tips for driving in winter weater.

  1. Brake carefully. Start braking earlier than you would on dry roads. Slick roads won’t allow you to slow down as quickly and even the slightest error in timing can lead to a fender bender. Take the safe route and brake earlier than you think you need to.
  2. Avoid cruise control. Using cruise control is a convenient feature in the warmer parts of the year. In winter, it can lead to an accident. Assume all roads have slippery spots. Hitting your brakes to deactivate cruise control on one of these spots could easily lead to an accident or losing control of the vehicle.
  3. 4×4 isn’t invincible. For the most part, four-wheel-drive will give you the ability to get moving on winter roadways but it doesn’t mean you’ll be able to stop or keep your traction. You still need to take precautions, driving slowly and keeping a significant amount of space in between you and other drivers.