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PRO AUTO CHOICE > CDOT TRACTION REGS FOR THE MOUNTAINS

PRO AUTO CHOICE > CDOT TRACTION REGS FOR THE MOUNTAINS

During the fall and winter, there are plenty of reasons to visit the mountains. And with consistent high temperatures in the city, it’s easy to justify a weekend trip to them. But as most Colorado residents should know by now, the weather in the city doesn’t necessarily presume the weather in the mountains. Because of this, there are certain regulations and codes that get put into place that you might not be aware of, so it’s important to be prepared. So while you’re winterizing your car, don’t forget to check your tires. During severe weather conditions, the Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) has certain requirements for being on the road. One of these requirements is known as the Traction Law (Code 15). If this law is in effect, your vehicle must have snow tires ... read more

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SUMMER ROAD TRIP CAR MAINTENANCE CHECKLIST

SUMMER ROAD TRIP CAR MAINTENANCE CHECKLIST

Denver is known for its pristine weather and relative access to some great road trips. Whether it’s a few days in the mountains, a weekend in the desert, or a week near the ocean, everything is within reach. The best way to plan and execute a perfect summer road trip is to take the worry out of potential car problems so you can keep your mind on the road and your favorite summer jams. Change and check your tires If you’re still using your winter tires, change them out for your summer tires. As you do so, inspect that each set is still in proper working order. Tires are more susceptible to blowouts during the hotter months, so ensure that they are inflated properly. Underinflated tires can put a strain on the rest of the wheel components of your car, while overinflated tires can cause more slippage on the highway during a rainstorm. As a matter of fact, if your tires are either underinfla ... read more

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HOW TO MAKE YOUR CAR BATTERY LAST LONGER

 HOW TO MAKE YOUR CAR BATTERY LAST LONGER

When you’re running late, very few unpredictable circumstances prove to be beneficial because, as we all know, if something can go wrong, it usually does. Think about it: you wake up late, maybe forget your lunch, hit every red light on the way, maybe you get caught in a sudden torrential downpour. Or maybe you don’t even make it that far. Maybe when you get to your car, close the door, and put the key in to start it, nothing happens. Of course, you think. The battery chose today to die on me. What now? If you live in the city, maybe you can use a ride-sharing app to get to where you need to in a pinch, but what if that isn’t a possibility for you? The best way to avoid a situation like this from happening is to prevent it from being a possibility in the first place. And the best way to do that is to stay updated on the current state of your battery and to take the proper measures so it will perk right u ... read more

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WHAT TO KEEP IN YOUR CAR FOR WINTER TRAVEL

WHAT TO KEEP IN YOUR CAR FOR WINTER TRAVEL

December is here, and with it comes winter festivities and, by association, all of its social engagements. Just like the weather itself, there’s no stopping the upcoming necessity for holiday travel. Since the holiday season should be filled with cheerful and warm memory-making moments, it’s a good idea to focus on preparing your vehicle now so you can arrive to your destination safely and enjoy what’s truly important this season. To make encourage preparedness and safety, here are some important items to keep in your car for the holiday season and beyond. First Aid & SafetyFirst aid kits should be in your car regardless of the weather, but especially during the winter. Brush up on how to use the contents, too. Flashlight. It’s a good idea to put this in a plastic, zip-lock bag with the batteries taken out and stored alongside it so they s ... read more

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WHEN TO CHANGE YOUR TIRES (SEASONAL)

WHEN TO CHANGE YOUR TIRES (SEASONAL)

Rumor has it that Colorado receives about 300 sun-filled days per year. While the exact number is debatable, one thing is for sure: there’s always plenty of fair weather for exploring. What most people tend to forget, though, is that some of those sunny days can change in an instant, giving way to a sudden torrent of rain, snow, or deep freezes. For this reason, it is always important to ensure your car is fitted with the correct tires for the season, or else a daily adventure could lead to a day of being stranded. Summer Tires – May/June During the summer months without snow (June, July, August), you have two options for tires to use, depending on your priorities: all-season tires, or summer tires. Each has its own set of ... read more

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WHAT TO INSPECT ON MY CAR BEFORE WINTER

WHAT TO INSPECT ON MY CAR BEFORE WINTER

The time has come again when the trees change color, the sun sets earlier, and days spent outdoors slowly become more and more infrequent. With the changing of temperature, scarves and light jackets become a mainstay in the wardrobe, too. And as you prepare yourself to withstand another winter, don’t forget that your car will need some preparations, too. Here are some tips to ready your car for harsh conditions so that you can squeeze out some enjoyment from the waning summer weather. Winter Tires Living in Colorado means excursions. Whether it’s skiing and snowboarding, a winter hike, or just a weekend getaway, the mountains can be dangerous once the snow begins to fall. It’s important to ensure that you have the right tires for the right occasion. If you don’t intend to go off the beaten path, you can consider all-season tires. They transition from summer to wi ... read more

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WHAT’S THAT SMELL COMING OUT OF YOUR A/C?

WHAT’S THAT SMELL COMING OUT OF YOUR A/C?

If your A/C smells a little weird, you’re not alone and there are easy ways to get the smell out. In 2015, Americans drove more than 3.15 trillion miles, and with low gas prices this summer we’re not slowing down! You excitedly head out the door for your summer plans, turn on your favorite playlist, crank up the A/C and your nose is suddenly assaulted with an odor similar to that of an old dirty gym sock. Wondering what that strange smell is coming out of your A/C? We hate to break it to you, but that smell is most likely a build up of mold, fungus and/or bacteria that’s found a nice home in your A/C unit. Gross! What’s Causing the Smell? Unfortunately this is a pretty common problem for vehicles, so let’s break it down and understand the basics. The component within ... read more

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WINTER TIRES AND WHY THEY MATTER

WINTER TIRES AND WHY THEY MATTER

The Denver metro area has already seen its first snowfall, which means that areas in the mountains are well on their way to winter. We often think that the winters are relatively mild in the city, which is why it makes such a popular destination for people to move to. What many people don’t realize, however, is that, mild or not, winter still brings snow, and all it takes is one wrong tire on one wrong patch of snow to cause an accident. Sometimes the difference between an accident and a smooth trip is how alert and careful the driver is, but during the winter months, snow tires can give you a certain advantage, because oftentimes accidents happen to the most cautious of drivers. Here’s what you need to know. What Are Snow Tires? Snow tires, simply put, are not all-season tires. They have deeper grooves to provide greater traction. They’re thicker. They give you control of ... read more

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