Be Careful! Most Deer Collisions Occur in October


From Utah to New York, collision services are in high demand during the hunting season—but it’s not ghosts or goblins you need to watch out for. Deer collisions spike during the month of October throughout the nation. Cap that off with one of the biggest drinking holidays of the year on the 31st, and this autumnal month is a witch’s brew of road disasters waiting to happen. You can only avoid so much with defensive driving skills, but don’t worry. If collision repair is in need, a qualified repair shop can get you back on the road well before that Thanksgiving road trip.

Whitetail deer are racing across the roads until December, and the fall is the mating season as well as hunting season. This means the does are more anxious than usual, willing to gamble on a streak across a highway rather than get caught by a randy buck. In some states, there are over one million whitetails which means the odds of meeting one in the road during peak season is pretty high.

Silver Linings

deer-crossing-2079620__340The odds of a fatality from a deer crash are relatively low, but they can still cause a lot of damage. To avoid a collision, remember that dusk and dawn are particularly activity hours for deer. Drive slower, be aware of your surroundings, and know that if you spot one deer that are probably many more nearby. They travel in groups, so if a single deer crosses a road other might be close behind.

Like people, deer are creatures of habit so take those deer crossing signs seriously. If you get a literal deer in the headlights, break to avoid hitting it if possible but never serve. You’re choosing the chance of crashing into another car or a tree instead of the deer, both of which are better crash choices if you have to make that call.

Steps to Take

Deer whistles for cars have proven to be pretty useless, so depending on your driving skills instead. Most of the time, hitting an animal will kill it, and once you’ve made sure everyone in the car is alright and police have been notified, also alert the department that handles road kill in your region. It’s technically legal to keep an animal carcass for your own use in some states (such as for the hide), but you’ll still be required to report it to the authorities for a certificate of possession. After the dust has settled, it’s time to assess the damage and get your ride back in order.deer-952744_1920.jpg

If it’s not totaled, a qualified collision shop has the skills and technology to return your vehicle to like-new condition. It’s important to get this taken care of right away since you might not realize just how dangerous a crashed car can be. It might look ugly bug functional—but what if the side panel is now rubbing against the wheel, threatening a sudden flat on the interstate? Most comprehensive insurance policies will cover these repairs, excepting the deductible, so consider this a strong recommendation to upgrade from liability only in case Bambi makes a run for it.


Best of the Web: Treadmill Car Chase


​Hot Wheels? Fun. Car chases? Fun. Treadmills? Decidedly *not* fun.

Well, except when you combine them with those first two things. Because we’re not sure anything is more whimsical and fun than four tiny whips jostling for pole position on a speeding treadmill belt.

The actual use of a treadmill. from r/funny

The actual use of a treadmill. from funny

Put Your UTV to Work


You may have bought your UTV for fun and games, but it’s also a real workhorse. There are UTVs designed for play, but even if you have a recreational vehicle it can still lighten the load of your household chores. For example, if you’re tired of shoveling snow this season, the Can-Am, Polaris, and other heavy-duty UTVs can take care of that task for you. A machine that’s made to maneuver in snow and is equipped with a plow can turn hours of work into just a few minutes.

However, snow plowing isn’t the only task your UTV can manage. Many come with incredible storage and hauling capabilities. If you want to take on some landscaping challenges, forget the awkward wheelbarrow and constant hauling of items from your garage to your yard. Your UTV can easily haul dirt, sod, branches, limbs, and even crates full of those early spring flowers you’re planting. Gardening and landscaping is back-breaking work, but it doesn’t have to be.

Make Protection a Priority

If you want your leisure ride to pull double duty, make sure you kit it out with the right accessories. For example, you may want to upgrade to a full-tilt, scratch-resistant windshield if you’ll be blazing through overgrown blackberry bushes! Adding a UTV heater for those chilly March mornings of work can keep you safe and comfortable. There are always ways to add on more storage, which you might find you need in the middle of a project.

As spring cleaning season creeps up on you, you’ll likely find endless projects around your property—and can use the help of a towing beast. It’s the perfect season to start planting, and those bushes, saplings, and gardens require a lot more than you expect. From mulch to chip shavings, clearing debris to towing away overgrown limbs, make this the year spring cleaning is done fast and easy.

From Playful to Worker Bee

If you own a farm or are a serious landscaper, you may want a special UTV just for work. However, if you just want to dabble in it, your recreational UTV is likely up for the task. All UTVs are powerful (and much more powerful than any human!). They can also keep you dry and warm when you need to take on those projects in the cold and rain. Working on your property in March is always a challenge, especially with the fickle weather and temperature swings. Consider adding on a roll bar or cage to maximize your safety, especially if you’ll be prowling over new (to you) terrain.

No matter what kind of machine you have, your local experts can help you accessorize quickly and affordably. Make sure your most valuable worker has everything it needs to get the job done.


5 Signs of a Fantastic Auto Shop


It takes a lot more than comprehensive repair services to snag the title of best collision repair shop in town. Look for a body shop that has built a reputation based on both excellent results and world-class customer service. Unfortunately, a few bad apples mixed with old stereotypes has customers on their guard when considering mechanic shops. Stigmas about suggesting “repairs” that aren’t needed still linger around the industry, but do your research and you’ll know the shop you choose is trustworthy.

If and when the time comes that you need collision repair or classic car restoration, how can you be sure you’re getting the best? Here are a few signs you’re on the right track. Remember—it’s not just the best price or the most five-star reviews that lead you to the right shop. There’s a lot more to it than that.

  1. Jaw-Dropping Galleries

car-engine-3623831_1920If you really want to see what’s in store for you and your car, check out the shop’s galleries. Look for an impressive online portfolio showcasing the talents and skills of highly qualified technicians. From paintless dent removal to complete overhauls—taking junkers to collector status—there’s no job too big or small. The proof is in the pictures.

  1. They Work With Youglass-1749697_1920

A quality body shop has two priorities: Give the customer exactly what they want and keep them safe. Sometimes repairs are wanted purely for aesthetics. Sometimes they’re necessary to keep drivers safe behind the wheel. True professionals treat both of these priorities equally, which is what you deserve.

  1. Endless Testimonials, Referrals, and Reviews

It’s possible to “buy” positive reviews on third-party sites, so be wary of anything that sounds too good to be true. A genuinely high ranking shop has referrals and testimonials you can fact check if necessary. Our shop has countless happy customers who will gladly share their recommendations and are quick to show off their gleaming ride.

  1. Non-Pushy Staff Members

You shouldn’t feel like you fell into a snake pit when you take your car in for a free estimate. There shouldn’t be any pushy salespeople bullying you to choose them or “upselling” when all you wanted was a quote for a single dent removal. At a good shop, every customer and potential customer is treated like family. The team is there when you need it, never pushing add-ons and always revering transparency.

  1. They’ve Been Around the Block

car-2980039_1920It’s not enough to just go local and avoid the big chains. If you really want a flawless job, choose a company that’s been around for a while. Taking pride in their work, every project is treated with the utmost care.

Trusting your car to just anyone is a big mistake. It’s your baby, your first impression on dates and your go-to vehicle to get from Point A to Point B.


Planning a Romantic UTV Ride


Cuffing season is here, and there’s no reason a UTV ride can’t be dripping in romance. After all, the adrenaline is pumping, you have some gorgeous scenery, and with the right amount of cargo space you can pack a great romantic picnic into the mix. If you want to take your paramour on a ride to remember this Valentine’s Day, it’ll take a little bit of prep work. Consider this your ultimate love guide for UTV fans:

  • Get any upgrades done now: Whether you need a new full-tilt windshield, a heater added to your rig, more cargo space, or a roll bar, make sure your UTV is kitted out with all the accessories you want before the big day.
  • Get it clean: You should ideally clean your UTV after every muddy ride, but that doesn’t always happen. Take this time to wash it, detail the insides, and make it worthy of a great date. During this time, you can also check for any damage.
  • Safety first: Before your big date, make sure the tires are in good condition, all the lights work, and take it for a brief spin to make sure all is well. The last thing you want is to be stuck with a flat tire, unable to ride because of a faulty light, or otherwise put you and your date in danger.
  • Map the ride: There are thousands of miles of trail to explore around the country—and a good chance you haven’t seen them all. You have two choices. Go with a trail you know and love, which is a great way to introduce someone to your hobby. Alternatively, you can choose a trail that’s new to both of you and experience the first ride there together. Either way, make sure you know the rules, have any permits required and know how to get to the trail in advance.
  • Pack romance: This is where you can get really personal, so imagine what the ultimate romantic picnic involves. Don’t forget a tarp (in case the ground is wet) and a durable blanket. Be sure to include romantic foods such as fruits, bubbly, s’mores ingredients, and anything else you envision that travels well. Pack food and drinks tightly to avoid destroying them on bumpy trails.
  • Include surprises: There’s a lot you can pack into a UTV—much more than just a picnic! Bringing flowers with you or a romantic playlist can help kick the romance up a notch. Also bring an extra change of unisex clothes, such as a sweater and gloves, just in case the trails are especially wet or muddy.

Long holidays are right around the corner, making it a weekend to get out of town and indulge in some romance. Get all the upgrades you need for a lovely weekend with you and your better half (your date can come, too, of course!).


Common Questions About Trucking Accidents


Getting into an auto collision is one thing. However, when you’re in a trucking accident, you’re facing an entirely new challenge. There are unique laws and rules which can apply to a trucking collision—and also some common questions that will likely pop up. Knowing the basics about trucking accidents can help prepare you for worst case scenarios.

What’s the most common cause of trucking accidents? Unsurprisingly, it’s a tired driver behind the wheel. While there are plenty of laws in place to protect truck drivers from driving fatigued, the truth is that many of them either feel pressured to deliver at a certain date or convince themselves they’re not as tired as they are. Federal guidelines require that no trucker drive over 16 hours in a 24-hour period, but that law is often broken. Driving tired is just as dangerous, if not more so, than driving drunk.

So, Who’s At Fault?

Just like any other auto accident, there’s no one size fits all answer. In fact, when a truck is involved in a collision, there are even more people who may be at fault than the two people behind the wheel. For example, the truck driver’s employer may found to be at fault if they pushed the driver to get (or stay) behind the wheel beyond federal time regulations. A full investigation is necessary in order to determine who’s at fault.

semi-trailers-534577_1920Another big question is how long a person has to file a claim post-accident. Drivers have a two year period in which to file a personal injury claim, but it’s best to do so as soon as possible. If you’re in a collision with a truck driver, that driver likely works for a company which has a team of attorneys on retainer—and their job is to get you to settle as quickly as possible for the lowest possible compensation. The odds are more in your favor if you file immediately and secure your own personal injury attorney.

Questions Everyone Should Ask

“What kind of damages can I claim?” is a question everyone should ask when in a trucking accident. There are many, and they may include lost earning capacity, lost income, medical expenses, physical and emotional pain and suffering, and of course property damage. If you lost a loved one in a trucking accident, you may qualify for a wrongful death lawsuit as well as loss of benefits, loss of companionship, and loss of projected future income.

No matter what, remember that if you accept a settlement, you’re waiving your rights to pursue compensation in a personal injury claim. Oftentimes, settlements aren’t enough to properly compensate a victim. This is especially prevalent if you’re facing medical issues because some issues (such as whiplash) may not be apparent right away. Settling is risky business, especially if you do so without having legal counsel in your corner. Unlike “regular” accidents, dealing with trucking companies can be difficult and you might feel pressured into accepting a settlement you’re not 100 percent comfortable with taking.