Heading out for a Summer Road Trip? Prep Your Car for Fun

Before you head out for that fun summer road trip, it’s a great idea to take the time preparing your car to avoid any breakdowns or delays that can ruin something you’ve been planning for months. Due to the extra heat of the season and the taxing conditions inherent with road trips, a lengthy road trip can be the breaking point for a car in poor mechanical condition. The care you put into your car before you set off will what determine whether you have the time of your life or a road trip you’ll regret. Follow our simple summer road trip advice to ensure that you and your car arrive at its destination seamlessly and in one piece.

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Dealing With Aggressive and Bad Drivers

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Most of us encounter at least one aggressive or bad driver – even on a good day. That figure rises significantly if you’re doing a lot of driving or live in an area with heavily congested traffic. As such, learning how to deal with these types of drivers is crucial. Not just for your sake, but your occupants’ as well. Here are several tips on dealing with bad and aggressive drivers.

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How to Have Fun and Stay Safe when Off-road Driving

Off-road driving provides a buzz that’s hard to beat. There’s something unique about maneuvering your four-wheeler over boulders and through the woods and coming out in one piece. For many, the thrill comes from the edge-of-your-seat unpredictability and risk inherent with taking your vehicle where most trucks can’t go. The unpredictability of off-roading is part of the fun, but there are many steps you can take to keep yourself safe in any situation.

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Minefield Freeway: How to Avoid Objects in the Road

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We’ve all experienced it – the highway comes to a slow roll because one driver after another has to slow down and turn to avoid hitting an object in the road. This creates a dangerous situation and a major headache if you’re trying to get anywhere in a hurry. According to auto insurance firms, most of the unexpected objects we encounter on the roads are ladders and mattresses, but a wide range of strange and unexpected objects have liberated themselves from vehicles in transit and caused damage to vehicles. It may sound funny but it’s a very serious issue that causes around 25,000 accidents every year – some of which are fatal.

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Reduce Glare and Stay Safe While Driving at Dusk and Dawn

Driving at Sunset

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Dusk and dawn are probably the two most dangerous times of the day to find yourself behind the wheel of a vehicle. As the sun is directly at the horizon, it reduces visibility and causes glare, so you’re not able to see pedestrians other road users and even the road surface itself as well as other times of the day.

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How to Stay Safe with Pets in the Car

Dog and Car Safety
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As you plan longer roadtrips or even local supermarket runs, make sure to consider your pet’s safety before pulling out of the driveway. It’s a great joy to bring a pet along on trips, for you and your animal, but it’s important to remember a few things to keep everybody in the car as safe as possible. There are multiple ways you can secure your pets in a vehicle and make sure they’re just as safe in the car as any occupant wearing a seatbelt.
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How To Avoid Damaging Your Car Windows

Keep Your Windshield Clean and Crackfree
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Car windows are extremely durable but can be extremely delicate. You’ve probably had to deal with a chipped or cracked windshield before, and know how frustrating it is to fix. To maintain a clean windshield that will last you for a long time, there are a couple of things you should do. At Yark Body Shop we have years of experience maintaining, repairing and replacing windows and we’re happy to offer the following advice so you get the most out of your beloved car.

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Your Lifeboat Car: What Supplies to Keep Aboard in Case of Disaster

First Aid Kit Automotive Emergencies

No one likes to imagine worst-case scenarios, but you’re going to have to in order to think strategically about how to survive in the event you find yourself stranded with your car. It can happen in any number of ways, from an unexpected Ohio blizzard to engine trouble or a loss of control that causes you to skid off the road.

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