Jun 01 2017

Preparing Your Car For Summer

Summer Car Care

Preparing Your Car For The Summer Heat

Spring is flying by, and summer is coming up fast, but is your car ready for the summertime? With the change in weather comes changes in driving conditions, and different factors that can put some unnecessary wear and tear on your car. Preparing your car for the summer heat is simple, and can save you massive headaches when you should be enjoying the beautiful weather or your long awaited vacation. That’s why the trusted auto experts at Kirmac put together guide for you on how to prepare your car for the summer.

Air Conditioning Ready For The Heat

It’s a no-brainer that you want to check that your AC is working properly before the heat sets in, since you definitely don’t want to be the one melting in your car as you drive around.

For a basic check of your air conditioning, jump in your car and turn on the air so you can examine how it’s performing. Check the if it’s actually cooling the car down like it should, if you notice any strange noises coming from the vents, or if there are problems with air flow. If you do notice any issues, your car may need a cleaning, a recharge of refrigerant, or you may even have a leak in the system. You can take your car to your local auto mechanic shop, and they can help assess and fix the problem for you.

Summer Air Needs Summer Tires

Having the right tires for the occasion is more important than you think. Winter tires are absolutely necessary for those cold, snowy winter months, but keeping them on during the summer will make them wear out much faster, while leaving you with more difficult handling, lower fuel efficiency, and slower speeds. Make sure that you switch out your tires for some summer or all-season tires, which are more suitable for the hotter, dryer pavement on the roads.

While you’re switching out your tires, make sure that you also check the air pressure in your tires and ensure that they’re properly inflated. An improperly inflated tire is more likely to overheat, which is only amplified with the hot summer roads, and could lead to a blowout.

Check Your Brakes

If you want to make sure something’s working properly, let it be your brakes. The shift to warmer days can actually increase the temperature of your brake system, which will cause it to wear down much faster than normal. With that said, we highly recommend taking your car in to get the brakes checked, or checking them yourself if you know what to look for. If you brake pads are close to needing replacements, just make sure you keep a careful eye to and get them switched out sooner rather than later.

Contact Your Local Auto Shop!

Covering the basics with your brakes, AC, and tires should help you get through the summer at least a few auto-related headaches. However, if you’re just unlucky and you have some problems anyways, such as an unfortunate accident or some damaged glass on your vehicle, just contact the experts here at Kirmac Collision & Autoglass. When you choose us, you can trust that you’ll always get high quality, professional repairs and service every time. Enjoy the summer and drive safe!

Auto Body Repair | Kirmac Collision & Autoglass
235 East 1st Avenue VancouverBCV5T 1A7 Canada 
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Apr 20 2017

Defensive Driving: What You Need To Know

Regardless of how confident you are in your driving skills, once you hit the road, there is risk for an accident. Most vehicle accidents are caused by driver error which includes poor judgment calls, driver recklessness, driver inattention and more. Driving defensively involves being alert, aware and safe while operating a motor vehicle. Below are a few defensive driving tips to help stay safe on the road.

Be Aware of Your Surroundings

While it may sound obvious, it is important to pay attention to what is on the road (and near the road) by scanning the horizon and looking ahead. Check your blind spots before changing lanes and alert drivers to changes you plan to make such as using your turn signal before making a turn. When you are aware of “the big picture” around you, you will be safer and a more defensive driver.

Anticipate Obstacles

Even the best drivers are unable to predict what other drivers around them will do. There are all kinds of factors that are out of your control that can lead to an accident. Be cautious on the roads and anticipate other drivers unexpected moves such as running red lights or stop signs. Staying alert will allow you to be prepared to react appropriately.

Minimize Distractions

Before you head out on the road, take the time to minimize all distractions that can cause you to take your eyes off the road. Turn off your cellphone, make sure your mirrors are adjusted correctly, pre-set your radio & GPS unit before heading out on the road. You simply cannot drive safely and defensively if you’re distracted. If something demands your attention while driving, pull off the road safely before attending to it.

Maintain a Safe Following Distance

Following the car in front of you too closely or tailgating limits your ability to react to changes on the road ahead. Maintain a safe following distance between you and the vehicle in front of you. Follow the “two second rule” by staying at least two seconds behind any vehicle that’s in front of you. Remaining at least two seconds from the vehicle in front of you will provide a distance of one car length per 8 km/h (5 mph), regardless of what speed you are traveling.

Looking for an Auto Body Shop in the Vancouver Area?

By following the defensive driving tips above, you can keep yourself safer while behind the wheel. If you do become involved in an accident, the team at Kirmac Collision and Autoglass can help. We offer auto glass repair and collision repair services to the BC lower mainland and greater Vancouver areas. We proudly operate 17 locations throughout the Metro Vancouver area to make it convenient for vehicle repairs close to home or work. Schedule an appointment online or drop in to any location!

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Jan 23 2017

5 Things New Drivers Should Know About Rock Chips in Glass

New drivers face many challenges on the road, including rocks kicked up by other vehicles on the road. These rocks have the potential to damage vehicle mirrors, windows, and in particular, put rock chips in windshields. We have five important pieces of advice about auto glass and auto glass repair especially for new drivers and their parents.

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Dec 20 2016

Driving Up to the Mountains This Winter? Here’s What You Need to Know

Winter is here for the next few months, and with it comes all the hazards drivers must endure. At Kirmac, we know that icy roads, snowy climbs and snow storms can make it a hazard to drive anywhere, let alone in the mountains. If you are headed to a higher altitude this winter, do so cautiously by keeping these pointers in mind.

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Nov 18 2016

Random Acts of Auto Glass Vandalism: What To Do After Your Car Window Has Been Broken

Walking out of your home in the morning and discovering that your car window has been broken in to is one of the most unpleasant surprises you might have the misfortune of experiencing. The shock and discomfort that follows this discovery might make you feel confused. Every day, Kirmac auto glass repair technicians help people recover from this kind of problem. We have some tips that will help you respond correctly.

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