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How to Drive in Bad Weather

When it comes to weather, Texans understand how severe and harsh climate conditions can be. One day it will be 80-degrees and sunny and the next, ice will be lacing the streets during a 22-degree frost storm. So, how does this affect driving conditions? It’s important to be prepared when you hit the streets during a storm. Here are some tips and refreshers in how to drive in bad weather.

  1. Windy
    1. Anticipate gusts – Gusts will catch you off guard in a moments notice. There are items that can be blown onto the road or simply jolt your car. Be aware and ready for random winds that can bring unsolicited danger your way.
    2. Firm Grip on the wheel – During a wind storm, keep a firm grip on the wheel to ensure you keep control of your car or truck. Drive with a steady hand and keep calm.
    3. Notice larger vehicles – Always be aware of large vehicles on the road. Semi-trucks are more likely to be knocked over by a strong gust of wind. Keep your eye on the road and anticipate large vehicles to keep you, your family, and your car safe!
  2. Heavy Rain
    1. Slow down at least 5 mph – Drive at least 5mph below the speed limit during heavy rain to avoid hydroplaning. If you are caught in a hydroplane, lift your foot off the pedal and steer in the direction you’d like to go. This technique is called “steering into the skid.” Learn more about what to do during a hydroplane here.
    2. Plan your route – This might seem like a simple driving tip, but it’s important to avoid flooded areas by planning your route ahead of time. Drive with caution and try to avoid areas with heavy rain to prevent hydroplaning.
    3. Feather brakes after you’ve driven through a puddle – Take your foot off the gas and lightly tap on the brake after you have driven through a puddle. This will help dry the brake as you continue to drive.
  3. Fog
    1. Fog lights- Fog lights are yellow, which are made to cut through the thick fog. Turn on the fog lights to help maneuver through an unpredictable fog.
    2. Slow Down – Just like in every scenario, it’s important to watch your speed. When you approach a hill, decrease your speed to be careful you don’t hit another car.
    3. Pump brakes – Brake lights will help signal to others to back off during a foggy drive.
  4. Snow and Ice
    1. Slow Down – Reduce your car’s speed down about 10mph below the speed limit.
    2. Avoid Tailgating – Stay about 100 yards away from the car in front of you to make sure you have enough space to brake suddenly.
    3. Don’t brake during a turn – Breaking during a turn can cause a spinout on icy roads.
    4. Black Ice – Black ice is one of the most terrifying byproducts of ice storms and snow.
    5. Turn into a skid- When you skid, remain calm. Take your foot off the brake and gas pedal. Turn the wheel into the direction the car is skidding. E.g. if you slide to the right, gently turn the steering wheel to the right to cancel out the skid.

There are thousands of different situations that can occur while you are on a drive. Whether you are running to the gas station around the corner or going on a long road trip, it’s important to prepare yourself. Keep informed about how to drive in bad weather to ensure optimum safety for you and your family!


If you have any questions about how to drive in bad weather or our auto repair services, give us a call.

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How to Respond When Your Car Skids

Losing control of your car in severe weather is frightening. First and foremost, it is important to stay calm to keep your mind clear. Here’s a refresher of how to respond in a scary situation.

Simple Steps to Respond to Skidding

Here’s how to steer out of a skid:

1. Take your foot off the accelerator.
2. Do NOT apply the brakes.
3. Steer your car in the direction of the skid. If the rear of your vehicle is sliding to the right, then turn the steering wheel to the right, if left – steer left, gently. Do no steer hard or try to over-correct, nor throw on your brakes. This can cause your car to lose complete control and flip.

Remember, it is important to remain calm and handle your car gently in such situations. Stay safe! Feel free to share this information with your friends and family to help them stay safe too.

Distracted Driving

Teens crash most often because they are inexperienced. They struggle judging gaps in traffic, driving the right speed for conditions and turning safely, among other things. As your teen becomes a new driver, find out what you can do as a parent to keep them safe.


Grabbing some fast food and eating it on your way to school might seem like a harmless act, but it can be more distracting than you realize. Be sure to cover all of these potential distractions with your teen.

  • Applying make-up
  • Texting and driving
  • Messing with radio or looking for items in console or glove box 
  • Reading 
  • Eating
  • Younger siblings or other teen passengers in the car


It’s hard to see outside of your own experience. As you progress in your driving, it can feel like you can cut corners because you think you know what you are doing. The reality of it is, is that unpredictable things happen. It’s important to stay diligent and pay attention to attitudes that influence your teens driving habits.

The following are a few ways to cut corners and should be addressed when your teen is learning to drive:

  • Lack of scanning the roadway
  • Not using blinker and weaving in and out of traffic lanes
  • Distraction by something inside or outside the vehicle
  • Running through yellow / red lights; not making a full stop at stop sign; not yielding when you should
  • Exceeding speed limits; coming up on turns too fast; over-correcting; cut off another vehicle that was in your blind-spot
  • Not wearing seat belts

Impaired Driving:

Most people would assume that they would never fall asleep while driving. But did you know that “an estimated 1 in 25 adult drivers (aged 18 years or older) report having fallen asleep while driving in the previous 30 days” (Source)? It’s important to cover all areas of impaired driving with your teen so they are fully prepared when they hit the road.

Here are other sources of impaired driving:

  • Driving drowsy
  • Driving under the influence (underage drinking)
  • Driving at night when unaccustomed to bright lights and different depth perceptions
  • Driving with teenage friends and listening to loud music

Don’t Leave Your Child or Pet in an Unattended Car – Collision King Auto Repair

Summer is here and even though West Texas weather can be unpredictable, one thing is certain: scorching temperatures will find their home in Lubbock, Texas.

Although heatstroke isn’t the leading cause of car related child deaths, an average of 38 children die each year while trapped in overheated cars. When running a “quick” errand, it can be tempting to leave a child or pet in the car, especially if you can just roll down the windows, right? Wrong. “Even leaving the windows down for just 10 minutes can cause an elevation in temperature,” so just because you roll down the windows, doesn’t mean it’s an effective safety precaution. According to CNN, “on a pleasant 75-degree day, the inside of your car can heat up to 90 degrees in just two minutes.” And within 20 minutes, the inside temperature can rise to 104 degrees. After an hour, they can rise to 120 degrees.

Even if you keep the air conditioner running, compressors and engines fail and dogs can inadvertently press buttons and switches. Don’t risk your child or animal’s life for convenience sake.

Regardless, leaving a child unattended in a car is a crime that is punishable under the Texas Penal Code, Title 5, Chapter 22, Section 10:

Sec. 22.10. LEAVING A CHILD IN A VEHICLE. (a) A person commits an offense if he intentionally or knowingly leaves a child in a motor vehicle for longer than five minutes, knowing that the child is:

  • (1) younger than seven years of age; and
  • (2) not attended by an individual in the vehicle who is 14 years of age or older.
  • (b) An offense under this section is a Class C misdemeanor.

Leaving a child unattended in a car is also a form of neglectful supervision that is investigated by Child Protective Services.

Regarding leaving an animal in a car, there are not any statutes in Texas that make leaving a pet in a parked car or truck illegal. This does not mean that those who do so will not be held accountable for their actions. Texas DOES have an animal cruelty law that can be applicable in cases regarding leaving a pet in a hot car.

This summer, think twice before you leave a child or pet in the car.

At Collision King Auto Repair, we care about your well-being. If you have any more questions about car safety, give us a call!

Used Cars in Lubbock: How Can You Tell if the Used Car Has Been in an Accident

When buying used cars in Lubbock, it is important to know what you are buying before you invest in one of the most important purchases you can make. To the naked eye, it can be hard to see what is truly amiss with a car. So, how do you find out if the used car has been in an accident? Here are some options for you:

  1. Utilize All Research Options – First and foremost, it is important to have a list of detailed questions. Can I take this to the mechanic? Can I see a copy of the maintenance history? Can I take it for a test drive? Who was the previous owner? Start with an extensive list and be prepared with inquiry.
  2. Inspect the Used Car Yourself – Take a thorough look at the car because there are some signs you can spot yourself. Check for fresh paint that doesn’t match the sheen or texture found on the rest of the vehicle and inspect the airbag cover for any signs of deployment. Also, be on the lookout for uneven headlight scones and cracks in the windshields. Here is a longer list of other signs that a used car has been in an accident.
  3. Check the VIN Number– Grab the VIN number and run an online, vehicle history report. Typically, all accidents are recorded and you can look up the VIN number on the used car to check the history yourself. This can help prevent you from buying a faulty or unreliable vehicle. In this day and age, there are even mobile apps you can download to check a car’s history. From VINDecoded to VIN Hunter, there are many quality apps that can make the hunt easier.
  4. Take it to be Inspected by a Mechanic – Lastly, when you are looking for used cars in Lubbock always be sure to take it by an experienced mechanic. There are things that a trained professional can diligently catch that cannot be seen by everyone.

Give us a call if you are looking for a trusted mechanic to inspect your potential car! We want to help make sure you are purchasing a reliable vehicle.

Tips on How to Teach Your Teen about Car Safety

It is a scientific fact that teenage drivers have the attention span of a dead cockroach. Okay maybe not, but we know that it can be difficult to teach your teenagers on car preparedness. Whether you are trying to teach a younger teen preparing to get their license or remind a college student what to do when they get into a fender bender, many young & older teens and young adults have very little knowledge about car safety and how to be equipped. Here are some tips on how to prepare your loved one for the safest car experience possible.

  1. Set clear rules and explain why – People are more likely to listen if you talk to, not at You can be stern and still concisely explain why the guidelines are in place.


  1. Buy an Emergency Kit – Consider buying your child an Emergency Kit and go through it with them to explain what each item is used for. It can be as extensive as you would like. Objects that can be included are: Booster cables, a car compressor, gloves, a utility knife, crank flash light, a poncho, first aid kit, a reflective vest, a fleece travel blanket, an emergency blanket, duct tape, warning triangles, a tire gauge, rags, cat litter, and an ice scraper.


  1. Have Them Write Instructions Down – Instructions are always helpful, especially for people who are likely to forget. Ask your child to write out directions on how to change a tire or the steps one should take after they get in a fender bender. Phones aren’t always going to be charged and it can be hard to remember how to do normal things when you are shaken. Having written instructions could be incredibly helpful.


  1. Lead by example- Actions speak louder than words and kids are incredibly observant. If you scream at other drivers, weave in and out of traffic, or ride the bumper of the car in front of you, it is likely that kids will see that as normal behavior. Inadvertently teaching road rage at any age is not advisable and can be fatal.


  1. Visual Demonstration – It can also be a good idea to visually teach teens how to do something, like changing a tire or parallel park. After you show them, have them do it on their own. It might take longer, but demonstration can always be helpful.


  1. Use Gentle and Constructive Critiques- Don’t bring up sticky issues when you are driving and beware of how you are executing critiques. Everyone knows it’s important to take driving seriously, but yelling commands typically causes more stress than is needed. You can only control yourself, not others. Be wise in the way you conduct your behavior.


  1. Practice on progressively harder roads – Start small and ease your way up into more difficult roads. Start with parking lots to residential to busier streets to highways. Slowly teens will become more comfortable with harder roads.


  1. Assess Maturity Level – Not every kid is ready to get a license at age 16. Watch your 15-year-old to see if they are mature enough to get their license that next year. There is nothing wrong with holding off to make sure, especially if they aren’t following clear guidelines.


We can’t promise that your teen won’t roll their eyes or remember everything you say. But what we do know is that it is important to be clear and calm with your communication. Hopefully, these tips will help stir up some other ideas about how to talk to your loved one about car safety.



Tire Rotation and Alignment in Lubbock

If you are a car owner, you have heard that you need to bring your car in for tire rotation and alignment. But many don’t really even know what those words mean or why it’s necessarily and beneficial to make sure these things are routinely accomplished. Both are absolutely crucial in taking care of one of your most valuable possessions – you.

Here are Colission King Auto Repair, we want to help define these things and give you some helpful tips to set you up for success.

What is Tire Rotation?

Tires are incredibly important to take care of. For obvious reasons, they are a pretty pivotal part of a vehicle – your car couldn’t move without them. One very important feature of a tire is it’s grip and traction – it is what make your tire efficient and even safe. The traction helps with breaking and prevents uneccesary slippage that a bald tire cannot. Maintaining the traction on a tire is of vital imortance to the safety of a driver. To preserve their wellness and elongate their span of use, you must change the tires from the front to the back and vice versa every 5,000-8000 miles.

What are the benefits of Rotating Tires?

  1. Evenly Distributed traction on all four wheels

  2. While your wheels are being rotated, there is a routine inspection to make sure nothing looks suspicious.

  3. Improved fuel mileage due to less drag on wheels

  4. Lengthens life of tire

  5. Safety. If you do not get your tires rotated, your tires will go bald significantly faster which is incredibly dangerous.

Next is tire alignment, so what exactly does that mean?

Tire Alignment refers to an adjustment of the wheel’s suspension. Suspension in a car is the system that connects a vehicle to its wheels. Having your alignment checked on all four wheels at the intervals your car manual instructs, after any serious pothle bump, and the installing new tires is the perfect way to maintain your car’s car. “Improper alignment can shorten the lifespan of a tire” and even put the driver in danger. (Consumer Reports).

Signs that you need to get your tires aligned according to our Colission King Experts:

  1. The car pulls to left or right even with hands on the wheel

  2. The car drives fine with your hands on the wheel, but as soon as you let go, it veers left or right

  3. There is a vibration or car shakes with going down the road

  4. When your steering wheel does center is, crooked while your car drives straight ahead

Winter Roadside Assistance

If you need to hit the highway this winter, Collision King Auto Body Repair Center in Lubbock reminds you to stay safe and be prepared.

Make sure your cell phone is fully charged before your trip and, if possible, keep it charged while you’re in the car. It could be a lifesaver if you become stranded on Texas Highways. You should also add one handy number to your list of Contacts. It’s the Texas DPS Stranded Motorist Hotline at (800) 525-5555.

This non-emergency number was established in 1989 by the State of Texas to provide roadside assistance to stranded motorists on state and federal highways. It is a non-emergency number and is NOT a substitute for 9-1-1. Austin-based operators will take your call and dispatch the nearest law enforcement agency to check on your welfare. They may also dispatch courtesy roadside assistance trucks or tow trucks, if those services are necessary. But remember, all towing and vehicle repair costs are ultimately your responsibility, not the state’s.

Collision King also reminds you to be aware of your general highway location at all times while traveling. Mile marker information will help officers locate you quicker. If you do become stranded on the side of the road, stay in your vehicle if possible until help arrives. Make your vehicle highly visible to other motorists by tying a brightly colored cloth to your antenna or by wedging the end of it inside a closed driver-side window.

As always, if your situation is an emergency, such as a threatening stranger outside your vehicle, don’t hesitate to call 9-1-1. We hope your wintertime travels are safe and accident-free. But if your vehicle is involved in an accident on the slippery roads this winter, give Collision King Auto Body Repair Center in Lubbock a call at (806) 794-5990.

Winter Safety Tips For Your Pets

Collision King Auto Body Repair in Lubbock wants to remind you to take care of yourself and your pets during the winter season. So we’re offering these tips to help you protect your furry little friends this winter.

First and foremost, you should remember that if it’s too cold outside for you, it’s too cold for your pet. Outside pets should be brought inside during freezing temperatures whenever possible. Consider boarding your pet during a cold winter spell if it can’t be brought inside. If a pet absolutely must be kept outdoors, be sure to provide an adequate enclosure with plenty of dry bedding.

Occasionally, winter storms can cause power outages or property damage that may cause you to leave your home temporarily. Take your pets with you when you leave, remembering once again that if it’s too cold for you to stay at home, it’s too cold for your pet.

Another common winter hazard is the use of chemicals like salt or ice-melting chips on sidewalks, driveways, and streets. These toxic compounds can be very attractive to animals, causing them to lick or eat these materials and become ill or die. Leaking anti-freeze from vehicles during the winter is also a serious hazard for animals during the winter. Always be aware of the presence of chemicals around your home and keep animals away from them.

Many people don’t consider the fact that many pets go missing during the winter snows, particularly in areas prone to snow drifts. It’s a good idea to have your pet collared and tagged, and consider having them microchipped so they can be identified and returned home safely if they become lost.

At Collision King Auto Body Repair in Lubbock, we love our pets, and we know our customers do, too. Follow these tips to keep your pets safe, and let us worry about your car. We want you — and your pets — to be safe on the roads this winter. But if you are involved in a collision on the slippery streets, give us a call at (806) 794-5990. We’ll get you back on the road in no time.