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How to Avoid Additional Car Rental Fees

For many, the hardest part of having a car parked in a repair center after a collision is that their lives continue to roll on. For many, cars are a necessity to go about their day-to-day lives.

Enter rental cars. Renting a car to use while your vehicle is in the repair shop may help keep your life in motion while repairs are being made. However, if your insurance doesn't cover car rentals, you may be responsible for the rental car bill.

When picking a car rental agency to rent from, one factor you may be considering is the price. However, the total price you end up paying

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Can I Get a Ticket for a Cracked Windshield in Chicago?

Picture yourself driving down Lincoln Avenue on a bright, sunny day. Your favorite song is playing, your windows are down, and you don’t have a care in the world.

Then suddenly - ping! A tiny rock has chipped your window!

It’s just a small chip, and you think nothing of it. However, as the sunny weather turns colder, the chip begins to grow into a crack. What was once a small inconvenience on your car’s general appearance has turned into a much larger problem.

Many drivers may feel like getting a windshield repaired is more trouble than it's worth. But what happens if you...

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Enjoy Your Ride Safely At Night

While the majority of driving is done during the daylight hours, at night, car-related collisions are three times more likely to occur than during the day (NHTSA). At night, drivers’ vision and ability to decipher color and depth are much lower than during the daylight hours. In addition, drivers tend to be more tired during the nighttime hours which results in slower reaction times and higher risks of collisions.

As the summer season is quickly approaching and more drivers will be going on road trips and driving more at night, the following are a few important tips to ensure your drive at night gets you to your destination safely and reduce the risk of

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Drive Safe, Arrive Safe

Driving Safely

In general, driving today is considered to be much safer than in the past. Today, we are driving safer vehicles on safer roads. While this has resulted in the lowest number of collisions in the US ever recorded in 2008 [source: NHTSA], the numbers, unfortunately, are still disturbing and preventable. In 2008, there were almost six million car accidents in the U.S. The best and most effective way to reduce collisions on our roads, and in-turn collision repairs, is to follow best driving practices and to obey the rules of the road.

With that in mind, here is a...

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Your Road Trip Checklist - What to Do Before You Hit the Road

Getting your car in top condition before a trip can help prevent accidents that put you and your family's safety in jeopardy. It can also avert mechanical breakdowns that require costly emergency repairs. Here's a road trip checklist to get your car prepared.

Brakes Check the brake fluid level and top it up if it's low. If the fluid is a rusty brown color, get the brake system flushed out. Have the pads and rotors checked as well to ensure that the brakes respond as expected if you need to stop suddenly to avoid a collision.  Tires - Check for correct tire pressure, using the pressure listed on...
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