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Is It Safe to Drive With a Cracked Windshield?

Is It Safe to Drive With a Cracked Windshield?

Absolutely not - regardless of the size, nature, or severity, windshield damage should be taken seriously and addressed as soon as possible. Windshields are often overlooked, but they form a necessary safety barrier between you and the outside of your car.    A damaged windshield compromises the structural integrity of your car. First and foremost, a cracked or chipped windshield is a major visual obstruction. Besides not being able to see through the damaged glass, a windshield is supposed to protect you from flying objects. In fact, you will probably fail your next vehicle inspection if your crack is worse enough.   While a small chip may not seem like the end of the world, it doesn't mean you should ignore them altogether. Cracks can deepen and spread, making your windshield a safety hazard.    Not only do the cracks and chips on the driver's side make it more difficult for the driver to see, but the cracks can also cause the sunlight and othe ... read more

4 Bad Habits That Can Put Your Car in Harm’s Way

4 Bad Habits That Can Put Your Car in Harm’s Way

A car is a major investment that you should protect throughout the course of ownership. You want to keep it as clean, spotless, and dame-free as possible to maintain your vehicle’s value for when you decide to trade it in or sell it. To avoid endangering your vehicle’s appearance, follow these tips below: Leaving it in Direct Sunlight If you live in San Diego, then you know how sunny it can get in California. Parking your vehicle in direct sunlight will not only make it unbearably hot in the summer, but it could actually damage your car paint. The harmful UV rays can fade, crack, or peel your vehicle’s paint, requiring you to get professional painting services. Whenever possible, park in a garage, use a car cover or sunshades.  Parking Outdoors Overnight If you frequently park your car in your driveway or on the street, it can be exposed to harmful conditions like hail or falling tree branches. If parking in a covered garage isn’t possible, be sure to u ... read more

Common Mistakes Drivers Make

Common Mistakes Drivers Make

Most drivers find themselves driving to auto shops because of an accident on the freeway or a scratch in the parking lot. Most of these accidents are preventable by limiting the mistakes. Below are the most common mistakes drivers make. At the top of the list is driving above the speeding limit. Whether you have an emergency or just got carried away, speeding is a terrible mistake. Driving at high speeds denies you the chance to make decisions in time. When your reaction time is reduced, you are prone to making decisions on the road leading to accidents. Another mistake is turning without using indicators. You can help other drivers know your next move. Making abrupt turns inconveniences other motorists, and when they cannot accommodate your mistakes, you may end up in an accident. Other drivers drive too close to other vehicles. It is always advisable to keep a safe distance, especially when driving behind a heavy-duty vehicle or a car at high speed. Keeping a distance increases yo ... read more

What Is Curb Rash Damage?

What Is Curb Rash Damage?

Curb rash is an auto repair term that describes the damage to your rims and/or wheels whenever you hit curbs, potholes, or other large road obstructions. It often results in the bending, cracking, or gouging of the wheel.    If you think it sounds pretty serious, just know that IT IS. These types of damages are a safety concern as they alter the structural integrity of your wheels. Therefore, it can lead to other misfortunes like tire blowouts, front and rear suspension damage, misalignment, undercarriage damage, etc.   Safety is always a big concern when it comes to tire or wheel-related problems, as they're seen as the foundation of your car. Therefore, it is always recommended that you have your vehicle checked out by a tire professional as soon as possible.    When you bring your vehicle to BumperDoc San Diego for curb rash repair, you can always expect superior treatment. We use top-tier products to sand, fill, and patch up your wheels. Furthermo ... read more

Why Are Cars Sensitive to Dents?

Why Are Cars Sensitive to Dents?

No matter how cautious a driver you are, accidents can still happen out of your control. When it does occur, your car may be susceptible to ending up with dents. Cars are built in a way so that they can dent and absorb a higher percentage of the forces of a crash. To give you a better understanding of auto damage, below are some common reasons vehicles get dented and need repairs: Bad Weather This may seem silly, but harsh weather can be tough on your vehicle, including the body of the car itself. For instance, fog can make it harder to see, and rain and snow can cause slippery roads. In fact, heavy wind can also pose a danger to your vehicle. It causes dust and debris to fly around and collide with your car to cause dents. Poor Quality Roads Any rough or poorly maintained roads pose a hazard for your vehicle. Roads that haven't been worked on in a while can cause your tires to pick up broken down rocks and fragments and scrape your car. Moreover, potholes can do a number on bo ... read more

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