The Asheville area is known for nature. There are thousands of miles of hiking and mountain biking trails to explore within a short drive. Millions of tourists visit each year to drive on the Blue Ridge Parkway, camp in one of the dozens of campgrounds, go trout fishing or kayak along with one of the many pristine waterways, and generally get away from the hustle and bustle of life for time in the woods.
Most of the year our weather is better than any other city in North Carolina and throughout the South. The winters are mild compared to other high elevation towns, while our summers are cooler than our neighboring cities like Charlotte and Greenville. Nevertheless, there is no area on the East Coast immune from thunderstorms and tropical systems. Conventional wisdom might say that tropical storms do not reach the mountains; however, those systems can actually wreak havoc in Buncombe and Henderson Counties, with elevation often enhancing their impact. Even run-of-the-mill cold fronts can bring vigorous storms with higher wind and heavier rain due to our terrain.
Dents and dings are part of every vehicle owner’s life. No matter how careful you are, you cannot always avoid those stray shopping carts, hail, distracted drivers, fender benders, and other hazards to your car’s paint job. While this type of minor damage does not affect how your rig rides, it is important to address dents, dings, scratches, and scrapes as soon as you can.
Winter is rough on vehicles, there’s no two ways about it. Cold weather can impact everything from your battery to your tires and affect not only performance but safety. Since not driving isn’t really a viable option, what can you do to minimize the wear and tear that the weather can inflict on your car, truck, or SUV?