Environmental Awareness Is Key to Preventing Dents

Vehicles inevitably get dented throughout their lifespan, but there are ways to prevent this damage. Staying aware of your environment and surroundings is often the most important thing you can do to prevent vehicle dents. Here are a few things to keep in mind whenever you’re behind the wheel.  


Bad weather elements such as wind and hail are among the leading causes of dents. For example, if you open your door on a windy day and the wind catches the door, the door could fly away from your hand and hit something that causes it to dent. Have you even opened the car door to get gas and had that happen?

If you park at a store with loose shopping carts around the lot, the wind could cause problems as well. A strong breeze could blow these runaway carts into your vehicle, leading to dings and dents. Strong winds can also move debris and tree limbs that could land on your vehicle, depending on where you park or drive.

Check the weather to watch for strong storms, and if you see potential high winds or threats of hail, park somewhere under cover – your garage, a carport, a parking garage – whenever possible to prevent the possibility of dent damage.


Though usually unintentional, other drivers can cause dents and dings to your vehicle. Whether you parked in a tight parking spot and the driver or passenger in the car next to you hits your door with theirs or an unskilled parallel parker gets a little too close to your bumper, other drivers can do damage with their vehicles.

To prevent issues, try to park away from other cars when possible. If a parking space looks too tight, it likely is. Put yourself in the position of the people parked next to you – could those drivers and passengers get into their cars without hitting yours? If they would struggle getting into their vehicles, there is an increased chance for dents to your vehicle doors. Be safe, not sorry, and find a different spot.

Situational Awareness

Paying attention to your environment and your situation proves key in preventing vehicle damage, too. Do you have a basketball hoop at your home? Park your vehicle away from the hoop if you know your kids will be using it. Did you park on a downhill slope? Watch your car door when you open it to get out to make sure you don’t send your door flying into the next car.

Being aware not only of the other vehicles and people around you, but also the conditions and position of your vehicle is the best way to avoid dents. Sometimes, however, despite the best attempts to avoid them, dents can occur. When they do, get your vehicle looking new again for less with Impact Paintless Dent Repair. Our paintless dent repair and dent removal services cost a fraction of a body shop and can be done in much less time. To learn more, call one of our locations in Wyoming, South Dakota or Montana today.

Written by Chad Harley

Chad Harley

Professional hail technician since 1998. Vale National Master Craftsman 2004. Over a decade of experience in collision repair and refinishing prior to paintless dent repair.

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