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December 31, 2018 @ 12:00am

http://www.bungestire.com/sites/bungestire.com/assets/images/default/new-years.jpgWhile many of us will use the New Year to make resolutions to try and drop some weight, drink more water or improve our diet, rarely do we think about our cars as part of our plans. Here’s three things you can do this year to not only get more out of your vehicle, but to reduce your stress as well.

1. Stick to your vehicle’s scheduled maintenance. That little sticker in the upper left of your windshield isn’t just there for decoration. Keeping up with your oil changes and routine maintenance ensures that your engine runs smoothly and your car is prepared to take the bumps and jolts of wintry roads. As an added bonus, routine maintenance often catches small problems in systems like your exhaust and suspension before they become big problems that can leave you stranded on the side of the road. If you have any questions about routine maintenance, or if you want to know whether that coolant flush or new air filter is necessary, we’re always happy to walk you through the answers.

2. A clean car in the winter means no rust in the summer. When we get one of those unseasonably warm days this winter, commit to getting your car washed. In addition to the constant freezing and thawing covering the roads with moisture, salt and brine from those plow trucks makes for a corrosive combination. Even small chips in your car’s paint can become rust spots if you don’t wash away the salt. Avoid getting your car w

December 01, 2018 @ 12:00am

Expect the unexpected this winterAs the snow starts falling and temperatures drop, some hazards on the road will be easy to spot, like accumulating snow. But other hazards aren’t so obvious, like black ice. What should you do if you encounter bad road conditions, or if you’re surprised by ice? It’s time to brush up on some driver’s safety and make sure your driving skills are winter-ready.

One important thing to keep in mind is that ice can form on roads in temperatures as high as 36 degrees: That’s right, ice can form even when it’s not freezing outside. Elevated roads, such as bridges or overpasses, aren’t insulated by earth, and freeze faster. But the biggest contributing factor to dangerous winter conditions is precipitation of any kind. Not only does freezing rain and snow cause the ambient temperature to drop, making ice more likely, accumulating snow and ice can turn a road into a hazard in just a few minutes.

If you encounter obviously bad driving conditions like accumulating snow or ice, slow down, but go easy on your brakes. Often, simply taking your foot off the accelerator until you reach a safe speed is your best option, because sudden corrections with your brakes can cause you to lose control of your car. If hazardous driving has been forecast and you must drive, try to stick to main roads, where plows and other drivers can keep the roads clear.

Most accidents, however, happen with minimal snow or ice on the road. When bad driving co

October 01, 2018 @ 12:00am

Build your winter Car survival kitWith fall’s splendors turning the air cooler and putting color into the trees, it’s easy to want to ignore the fact that winter is just around the corner. And, it’s even easier to forget how bad roads can get before the snow even flies.

That makes fall the ideal time to put together a winter survival kit for your car, making sure you keep yourself and your family safe this winter. Here are five essential items for your kit.

  1. A small shovel. Plenty of manufacturers produce shovels that are small enough to fit in your trunk, yet robust enough to dig your car out of a snow drift. Keep an eye out for models that offer extra features as well, like bottle openers, to make sure you’re ready to tailgate for the big game and stay safe in the snow.
  2. Flashlight with extra batteries. Not only will a flashlight allow you to see in the dark (without draining the battery on your cell phone) it can serve as a beacon to guide help to where you are. Keep in mind that cold batteries discharge faster than normal, so make sure you include extras.
  3. An emergency blanket. We’re not talking about Granny’s patchwork quilt here, though something is better than nothing. If you have to spend a night in the cold, you’ll want to get your hands on a survival blanket, sold through many online retailers. Not only do these blankets trap and hold an incredible amount of heat, the pack down in size, taking up a fraction of the space you mi
August 30, 2018 @ 12:00am

http://bungestire.com/sites/bungestire.com/assets/images/blog-folder/fender-bender.jpgForecasters are calling for a warm, wet winter, but that doesn’t mean you won’t be seeing icy, slick roads this fall. With those conditions come fender benders, and lots of them. Though they aren’t always severe, even low-speed accidents can cause lasting damage to your vehicle. Here are three signs your fender bender may be a bigger issue than you thought.

One of the most obvious signs of damage can be felt, rather than seen. If you notice your steering wheel is pulling in one direction, it’s likely your accident knocked your car out of alignment. Left unfixed, this can cause your car’s tires to wear unevenly. Besides causing lasting damage to your tires, this can lead to sudden tire failure and blowouts on the road. If you think your car is pulling in one direction, make sure to note the direction and get immediate help.

Even accidents that don’t cause extensive damage to your car’s exterior can affect your car’s frame. And, even small changes to your car’s frame can cause serious problems. Your car’s frame is designed to absorb the forces involved with major accidents, and that little bend now could mean your frame fails to function properly down the line. Frame damage can even affect a number of the safety features in your car, like airbags.

One final issue to be aware of: In a low-speed collision, your car’s paint and metal exterior can be damaged. If that happens, rust has a way to sta

January 31, 2018 @ 12:00am

Three ways to keep your windshield clear this winter.Winter can mean an icy windshield, especially if you have to park outside at home or work, and that can mean limited visibility, especially if your defroster isn’t working the way it should be. When a defroster isn’t working, the moisture and heat inside your car can freeze to the inside of your windshield, leaving you in serious trouble. Here are three reasons why your defroster might fail this winter, and what you can do to fix it.

Sometimes, a malfunctioning defroster can be due to something as simple as a stuck switch or button, or a blown fuse. It sounds silly, but one of the best things you can do if your defroster isn’t working is make sure that your switches—whether mechanical or electronic—are functioning properly. These tend to be easy fixes you can do at home.

When you turn on the defrost, all you’re really doing is transferring the hot air that’d be coming out of your vents to your windshield so the air can remove moisture and warm the glass. Your car does this by controlling the air with a blend door. This one is pretty easy to check; just use your hands. When this door is faulty or broken, hot air will still come out of your vents, but not out of your defroster. This can be a quick fix; however, some vehicles require the removal of the whole dash in order to replace these parts.

If you’re not getting any hot air from your defrost, it might be a sign of something a little more serious. Your defro