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

“Freeway at Night” by BY-YOUR-⌘ is licensed under CC BY 2.0

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

“Driving Sunset Cadiz” by BY-YOUR-⌘ is licensed under CC BY 2.0

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 Keep Safe with Pets in the Car

Dog and Car Safety
“A dog and his car 2” by Kathleen Tyler Conklin is licensed under CC BY 2.0

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
“Damon’s New Horizon” by Stephanie Sicore is licensed under CC BY 2.0

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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Understanding Your Vehicle’s Warning Lights

Vehicle Gauge Cluster with Warning Lights
(Photo: “Subaru Dashboard” by Alexander Chernov is licensed under CC BY 2.0)

Did you know the average car has about 25-50 onboard computers? With all that technology, regular car maintenance should be a top priority. If you see a warning light on your dash you should understand the meaning of the warning symbol. Our expertise is car repair in Toledo, OH, and we want to help you understand these common warning lights. Be aware that your car’s warning lights may have different meanings than the symbols listed below, so please consult your owner’s manual to be sure!

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How to Keep Your Car’s Lights in Working Order

Classic Chevrolet Tail Lights

(“1961 & 62 Chevy Tail lights” by SpeedProPhoto is licensed under CC BY 2.0)

You’re driving down the road when you notice your lights don’t seem as bright as usual. You park your car and get out only to realize that you’ve got a headlight out. Having a light out on your car is more than an inconvenience.

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What to Know About Hybrid Car Maintenance

(Photo: Thomas Quine / Flickr)

(Photo: Thomas Quine / Flickr)

If you’re the lucky owner of an electric car, you’ll be delighted to know that it will require remarkably little maintenance. However, owners of a hybrid auto that runs on a combination of electric motor and internal combustion engine should be aware that there are a few differences involved in the care of your car. This is an important consideration if you’re thinking about getting yourself either type of this relatively new class of car.

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How to keep your Car Immaculate when it’s Cold Outside

When it’s winter and you have to park your car outside for prolonged periods, it can play havoc on the exterior paint finish and before long your car can start to look shabby. The experts at Yark Body Shop know all the techniques to ensure your car’s exterior is cared for and protected against the harsher elements of the winter months.

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