Why You Should Rethink Abandoning Your Car in a Snowstorm

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A snowstorm can catch you off guard, and when sleet and snow falls, keeping ahead of the storm becomes important. While leaving your car on the side of the road and walking home might seem like an option to you, discover a few reasons why you shouldn’t abandon your car during a snowstorm.

Your Car Might Be Towed

Cars abandoned on routes usually reserved for emergency traffic can be towed, especially if the vehicles present a danger to others on the road. You probably won’t hear your car has been towed until you receive a towing bill.

If you think your insurance company will cover the bill, think again. According to Jon Osterberg, spokesperson for PEMCO Insurance, abandoned-car towing fees aren’t usually covered by car insurance policies.

Your Car Could Be Hit

Heavy snowfall can obscure a car from view or move the vehicle into the path (more…)

Celebrate the Coming Spring in Colorado Springs

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Whether you’re planning a road trip to Colorado Springs or you just want to get out of the house and do something fun as spring approaches, take a look at the different events available this March.

BANFF Mountain Film Festival World Tour 2016

Presented by the Stargazers Theatre and Event Center, the 2016 BANFF Mountain Film Festival will be held Tuesday, March 1 and Wednesday, March 2, beginning at 6:30 p.m. both days. Attendees will be treated to a collection of films celebrating the great outdoors from action movies highlighting extreme outdoor sports to more serious dramas emphasizing different mountain environments and cultures. Admission is $17.50 per person, and the film festival will take place at the Stargazers Theatre and Event Center at (more…)

Why You Should Clear All the Snow Off Your Car

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No one enjoys the process of clearing snow from a vehicle after a winter storm, but it’s just as critical as shoveling stairs and walkways. Clearing your car is the law in some places, and in all places, it avoids putting other drivers at risk.

You Don’t Want to Endanger Others

While driving, blocks of ice can break off your car’s roof, resulting in shattered windshields and accidents. The driver behind you has two choices: swerve to avoid it, risking collision with another vehicle, or let the impact take its course and hope for the best. Neither option is desirable, and both are inherently dangerous.

Snow-Covered Driving Can Be Illegal

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A Checklist for Preparing Your Car For Spring

Now that winter is gone and spring is on its way, it’s the time of year when you can actually go outside without getting blanketed by snow and able to walk without sliding down the sidewalk. There are many things that need to be thought about when making this seasonal transition, and getting your car ready for the warmer months is one of them. In addition to preparing for the inevitable heat, it’s (more…)

How to Put Tire Chains on in Hazardous Weather

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If you live in Colorado Springs, Colorado, you’re allowed to put chains on your tires when the weather gets hazardous. But actually getting the chains on the tires is another matter, as is maintaining them. Instead of skipping the tire chains and risking your safety and your ability to drive in bad Colorado Springs weather, learn how to get tire chains on safely to remove some of the risk from your winter driving.

Size up Your Tires

You need chains that are the right size for your tires, so do your research before you purchase any. You may hear advice that says just to put chains on your drive tires. However, it’s safer to (more…)

Protecting Your Car’s Paint in Winter

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The winter season brings not only the biting cold but more potential risks surrounding the exterior of your car. The cold, as well as snow and rain, can have a damaging effect on the paint, glass, undercarriage, and other parts of your vehicle. Here are some tips about how you can protect your car’s paint job — and the rest of its exterior — this winter.

Protecting the Paint

There are many preventive steps you can take to protect your vehicle’s paint from the cold and snow. First, you should consider adding a level of polymer wax or paint (more…)

5 Fun December Events in Colorado Springs


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Colorado Springs comes alive during the holidays, with festive activities that run the gamut, from futuristic finds to those that hearken back to a simpler era. If you’re looking for something special to experience this December, you’ll find no shortage of highlights, both indoors and out. Hop in the car and get ready to explore all that Colorado Springs has to offer.

Christmas at Glen Eyrie

Glen Eyrie Castle hosts several elegant Christmas events that are sure to add some enchantment to your holidays. Attend the Yule Tea on select days throughout (more…)

How Electric Cars Can Cool a City


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Have you ever noticed that large cities seem to be hotter than the surrounding area? Fossil fuel-powered cars are part of the problem, but electric cars could be part of the solution.

The Heat Problem

Every year, temperatures continue to rise. The years between 2001 and 2010 were the hottest decade on record. In the summer, especially in large cities, the heat becomes unbearable and those with limited access to cool air can become sick and die. On top of the effect heat has on the human population, rising temperatures aren’t good for the environment, either.

The rising temperatures in major urban areas is a vicious cycle and leads to (more…)

Get Your Car Ready For Winter

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Fall is upon us, which means winter is right around the corner. For most of the U.S., that means it’s time to start prepping your car for the impending cold weather. Freezing temperatures and the influx of salt and snow on the roads can take a serious toll on your car. Here are five things you should do to make sure your car is ready to handle anything the winter season throws its way.

Replace Old Windshield Wiper Blades

Being able to see clearly through your windshield is always a priority when driving, but even more so when you add constant rain, hail, and snowfall into the mix.

When was the last time you replaced your windshield wiper blades? If it’s been more than a (more…)