Fall marks a return of students, faculty and career professionals to Ithaca. The city is re-energized and gearing up for a fantastic fall season. With the lazy days of summer behind you, it’s time to begin thinking about car care.
Although, Ithaca, and the surrounding areas of the Finger Lakes, is stunningly scenic during the summer and fall months, inevitably, winter arrives. This area has a reputation for cold winters that bring ample amounts of snow, ice and wind into town. Driving up and down the hilly streets in Ithaca can take a real toll on a car. If your car already has some issues, those small problems can snowball into bigger ones during harsh winter weather.
At Wink’s Ithaca Body Shop, we often see the aftermath of car damage after a collision or mishap on icy roads. The result of these accidents is that the owners, or insurance companies, have to pay for expensive restoration repairs. In addition, the vehicle owners have to make due without their main mode of transportation until the car is repaired. All of this is a real hassle when it happens during the winter. So, we want to share a few winter weather car preparation tips that can help keep your car in good running condition.
Rust is your car’s worst enemy during the winter months. Driving over roads with wet puddles of slushy snow eventually take a toll. Unfortunately, rust damage usually doesn’t become noticeable until the rust has set in and eaten away metal at certain spots. The best way to avoid expensive rust repair in the future is to have your car thoroughly rust-proofed.
There is no better time than now to get rid of annoying dents and dings by contacting Winks Body Shop in Ithaca. Dents not only impact the appearance of your car, they also decrease its value. In addition, a small ding can easily grow into a larger dent. That’s why it’s better to get rid of dents and dings before the winter driving season begins.
Touch Up Paint
Does your car have missing paint? Touch up your car’s paint job, before it is exposed to winter hail, ice and salt. A new coat of paint gives the metal underneath some much-needed protection from the being hit by hard particles. Besides, your car will look a whole lot nicer after those spots are repainted.
Tires, Headlights and Window Wipers
Other things we recommend you do include checking the tires for worn out treads. Tires should have excellent road grip to prevent slipping and sliding on icy roads. Check to make sure the car’s headlights are in good working order. Also, check wiper blades for wear and tear, and replace worn wipers with new ones that are designed to withstand winter weather.
For all your car’s ding and dents give Winks Body Shop a call and our Ithaca collision repair and body shop will have your car looking showroom new in no time.
Wink’s Ithaca Body Shop welcomes all new and returning students back to Ithaca. September marks the start of a brand new college year with everything that entails. Those of us who are year-round locals watch the population swell as students, faculty and career professionals join our ranks. More people living here give the city a renewed sense of energy and excitement. We also notice that the influx of people puts more vehicles and drivers on the road.
While the streets and roads in and around Ithaca are generally easy to navigate, except for those potholes, some people bring their brash driving styles with them. You know those drivers. They are the ones that take all sorts of liberties by passing when they shouldn’t, racing through yellow and red lights, not paying attention to road signs, texting while driving, driving drunk, and so on. More drivers on the road means more fender benders and if you are unfortunate enough to hew a body shop in Ithaca, Winks is here to help.
These people make driving harder for everyone that respects the rules of the road. All you can do is keep an eye out for these reckless drivers. Statistics show that young drivers tend to be the cause of many accidents. Now, we’re not saying that all young drivers are reckless and cause accidents – we know that the majority of young drivers are responsible. However, there is a certain segment of the youth driving population that is immature. These are the drivers that cause a majority of road collisions.
However, reckless drivers come in all ages and stripes. Drivers unfamiliar with the streets may inadvertently make a wrong turn or stop suddenly in traffic. These people don’t mean to cause an accident, they simply momentarily forget other drivers are nearby. The simple precaution of looking before making a maneuver goes flying out the window. And, let’s not forget those drivers that either have a love affair with speed, or can’t seem to muster up enough energy to step on the gas. Speed freaks are dangerous, because they enjoy showing off a car’s engine power, regardless of speed limits. Other people speed because they are in a hurry to get somewhere. On the other hand, slow drivers are overly cautious, clueless about where they are or having vision difficulties.
We admit that driving in Ithaca is a lot easier on the nerves than driving in a big city. However, drivers on our streets come from all over. So, drivers here still have to watch out for potential traffic hazards. An accident can happen at a moment’s notice. With the roads being more crowded than ever during this time of year, we want every driver, passenger and pedestrian to stay safe.
If the worse does happen, and you are in an auto accident and need high-quality collision repairs in Ithaca, contact Wink’s collision services Ithaca right away. Our expert technicians on staff are trained in the latest collision repair techniques. You can trust we’ll take great care of your car and get it back on the road as good as new.