As the weather starts to heat up, it is important to stay aware of the potential hail hazards that the spring season brings. Here are some things to keep an eye out for so you can prevent dents to your car, truck, or bike. If you already have a dent and are looking to get it repaired by an experienced team at an affordable rate, look no further than AJ’s Dent! We utilize specialized tools in a process called paintless dent repair to bring you quick, efficient, and affordable dent repair.

Winter Road Damage

The drastic change in weather can wreak havoc on roads, causing dirt, debris, potholes, and unevenness. This happens due to water seeping into small cracks in the roads surface while it is in liquid form, and then solidifying and expanding when it freezes in the winter, causing a displacement of the road’s sub-layers. So when spring rolls around and the water melts, the pavement contracts and leaves gaps in the surface under the pavement. The pavement becomes weaker over time and breaks down due to the constant contracting and the weight of vehicles passing over it, which is what ultimately causes potholes to form.

Hail

Both Colorado and Texas are prone to spring storms and hail, which is a big one to pay attention to. Hail can range from tiny to massive, and can potentially cause shattered windshields and leave dents on the body of your vehicle if left uncovered.

Rain

While rain itself typically doesn’t cause auto damage, it can make roadways very slippery, causing a reduction in your vehicle’s tire traction and handling. Be sure to drive slowly and carefully when it is heavily raining, especially on curves, and brake with a light touch. If you do find yourself in a skid during heavy rain, it is important to remain calm, ease your foot off of the gas pedal, and carefully and slowly steer your car in the direction where you want the front of your car to go. If your car has an ABS brake, brake firmly as you steer into the skid and keep an eye out for neighboring cars.

Animals

Animals tend to come out from hiding in the spring and pose a threat to you and your vehicle if they cut you off in the middle of the road. Some of these animals include but are not limited to:

  • Elk
  • Moose
  • Bears
  • Foxes
  • Geese

If the animal is hanging out in the middle of the road and isn’t moving, carefully drive around it if possible and make sure there are no other cars coming. If this isn’t a possibility, most animals will move if you honk. Just remember that when it comes to the safety of the animal and the safety of you, others in your car, and other people, you should always do what is safest for you and others.

Car Doors

This is another very common car dent culprit in the spring. When the winds start to pick up, it is much easier for people to lose control of their car doors while opening it, causing the door to slam into nearby cards, cart returns, and other nearby objects. A great way to avoid this type of car damage is to park away from nearby objects, even if it means you have to walk a ways. Not only are you getting more physical activity in, but you are also saving money on potential car repairs!

Pedestrians

With the warmer weather also comes more people walking, running, and biking outside. This adds a danger of pedestrians cutting in front of you or getting in your way. This is the most important one to keep an eye out for, as you don’t want anybody getting injured.

If you do end up in a situation this spring where your car is left dented, we have a simple and affordable fix at AJ’s Dent in Denver and Dallas/Fort Worth. By using a method called paintless dent repair, we make dent removal a breeze by utilizing specialized tools to carefully massage your dents back into place without sacrificing the body of your vehicle. Because we don’t use any paints or fillers, not only is paintless dent repair a quick process that can take as little as a couple of hours to complete, but is also a much more affordable option. Our team of experienced paintless dent repair technicians strive to make your car repair as easy and painless as possible, so we also provide a free rental car during the time of your repair so it doesn’t have to interfere with your day.

For a free estimate, reach out to AJ’s Dent today. We look forward to helping you restore your vehicle back to pristine factory condition!