You’re walking out of the grocery store, hands full of bags, only to find a shopping cart dangerously close to the side of your vehicle. And there’s a dent, pressed into the door. It’s as frustrating as it is maddening. While some kinds of vehicle damage can’t be avoided, you can protect yourself by taking precautions. And while our team here at Brown’s Collision Center will restore your vehicle to its pre-damage state, we want to help you avoid getting to this point at all.
Here are the top five causes of vehicle damage and how you can avoid them:
Weather is by far one of the most likely causes of body damage to your vehicle. Thankfully, you usually have more time to prepare for the weather. If you see the weather is going to be bad, shelter your car under a roof or in a garage. Ideally, the sides will be covered as well, but a roof alone is better than nothing.
If you’re caught in a storm or you have to drive and park during a storm, look at the direction the rain or hail is falling. Park along a wall that protects you from that directional weather.
Trees can offer some protection, but only use trees to shield your vehicle from hail if there isn’t any wind. Blowing tree branches can cause serious damage to your vehicle. Also, avoid trees during freezing rain as the weight of the rain can bring down entire sections of the tree.
You are far more likely to be involved in a fender-bender than a larger accident. You can’t do much about the car behind you, but try your best not to ride the bumper of the vehicle ahead of you. This gives you more stopping time.
3. Parking Lots
Pulling out of a parking space can come with several potential problems. Small fender-benders are often in parking lots. You may discover body damage when you return to your vehicle. Hit-and-runs are frustrating, but there is little you can do to protect yourself. Avoid parking next to the cart corral.
4. Reckless Driving
Reckless driving can lead to serious accidents with extreme body damage. Do your part and practice defensive driving.
5. Distracted Drivers
Thanks to cellphones, drivers are more distracted now than ever before. To accommodate this, auto manufacturers are implementing new safety features. Even so, there are still drivers on the road checking their phones when they should be driving.
You can’t alter what others are doing, which is why you need to stay extra vigilant. This can help reduce accidents and body damage when you’re alert to what traffic is doing around you.
Restore Your Vehicle
No matter what kind of vehicle damage you sustained, it’s always recommended to repair it as soon as possible. While it might not seem like a big deal, vehicle damage can alter the way your vehicle performs. That might increase the chance of further damage or even lead to accidents.
At Brown’s Collision Center we work on all kinds of vehicle body damage. Whether it was a small fender-bender or a serious accident, let our team of experienced and certified mechanics work on your vehicle. Give us a call or send us an email today. We’d be glad to set up a service time or answer all your questions.