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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