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Be Alert! Kids Are Back to School

Posted on: September 11th, 2017 by Webolutions Hostmaster No Comments

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The kids are back to school, another year of learning has commenced, and if you haven’t noticed already, traffic patterns have changed. Those blinking lights in school zones have come back on, buses are everywhere, and so are the little ones. To keep everyone safe, we thought it would be a good time to revisit some of the top back to school driving tips for parents and teen drivers alike.

Respect the Bus

Perhaps the biggest back to school driving safety rule is to always adhere to the blinking lights and stop signs on the big yellow school buses. Not only is it illegal not to stop when a bus has its lights blinking and its stop sign out, it’s necessary to keep kids safe. When a bus driver stops at a designated stop, children exiting the bus may be crossing the road, and some may go around the bus to do so. By staying put until that stop sign retracts and the lights stop flashing, you’re helping save lives and letting kids feel safe as they make their way home after school.

Adhere to School Safety Zone Limits

When you’re in the middle of rush hour and you’re trying to get somewhere in a reasonable amount of time, we get it, those slow down signs in school zones are frustrating. But really, it’s all about safety. In a school zone, there’s an increased chance of a child running across a street to get to school on time, or when a parent might be slowing down to get to a safe space to drop their little one off. Slowing down and being alert is key to making sure everyone gets to school and work safely. Just consider it a little extra time to rock out to your favorite jams in the car.

Practice Car Pool Safety

If you’re carpooling (a great idea in Colorado, we highly recommend it!), it’s important to make sure all your carpool members are following the rules of the road. The biggest box to check here is seat belts buckled, which should be easy as long as you’re not over-filling your carpool roster (another box to check – two semi-full cars is better than one over-filled one).

How to Use This Information

Safety is always important on the roads, but when school starts back up, there are a few added hazards and things to look out for. Just stay alert and follow the law to keep everyone safe and happy. And, if you should have need of any auto body repair, keep us in mind. Give us a call at 303-344-2212 or contact us online. We’d be happy to help.

Colorado Texting Law – What You Need To Know

Posted on: June 27th, 2017 by Webolutions Hostmaster No Comments

colorado texting lawDistracted driving has caused a tragic number of deaths in recent years, with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reporting 3,477 deaths from distracted driving in 2015 alone. Sadly, as an auto body repair shop, we see first-hand some of the damage related to distracted driving. With the ever-increasing presence of smartphones in our daily lives, the number of people texting and driving has escalated to a terribly dangerous degree. In order to combat this, a new Colorado texting law has recently passed increasing the penalty for first-time offenders caught texting and driving. The law increases the fine from $50 and one point against your record to $300 and four points. That’s a pretty steep hike, and for good reason. Governor Hickenlooper, prior to signing the bill into law, had been outspoken about the need for fewer distracted drivers.

New Colorado Texting Law – How it Impacts You

Understanding the origination of the bill is an important part of knowing how it will impact you and the lives of others. The original bill was brought forward by victims of distracted driving accidents and their families and initially proposed a $500 fine. After some push and pull the $300 fine brought enough lawmakers on board to pass through the state House and Senate.

The new law hopes to act as a deterrent for potentially distracted drivers while also motivating police officers to pull over people who are texting and driving more frequently. The combination of these two things could mean several things for you. If you’re a habitual phone user, even while driving, it’s time to put down the screen and focus on the road.

If you’ve already sworn off phone usage on the road, this law is only good news for you. Under the new law, technically, drivers can text at red lights or while stopped in traffic if they are also paying attention to their surroundings. However, if a police officer is around and deems your texting, even at a red light or while stopped in traffic, to be careless, they have every right to pull you over and issue a ticket. And, remember that the Colorado texting law is not just about texting, per se. It is about distracted driving resulting from the smartphone. As a covered before, even fiddling with your phone to change music while driving can equate to distracted driving and therefore, you can be fined.

One of the biggest impacts this bill brings to drivers is the four points against your license, up from the previous one. If the financial impact of a $300 fine isn’t enough to get drivers off their phones, it’s worth considering that four points are 1/3 of the 12 points required to suspend your license. For that severe of an impact, phone usage and distracted driving are habits worth breaking.

Safety While Driving

The bill’s main goal is to increase safety on the roads and in the Denver metro area, a hub with increasingly dense population, safer roads are nothing to scoff at. Putting down the phone and focusing on the drive ahead of you could save your life and the lives of others, so this is one bill to take to heart.

How to Use this Information

Though the new texting law will hopefully keep more drivers safe on the roads, sometimes there’s just no avoiding an accident. If you find yourself facing the aftermath of a collision and don’t know where to go, Accurate Auto Body in Aurora has your back. Give us a call at 303-344-2212 or contact us online and we can get you road-ready again in no time.

Distracted Driving: Music Devices While Driving

Posted on: May 17th, 2017 by Webolutions Hostmaster No Comments

music devices while drivingWe all know that texting and driving is a big no. We also know that taking a call while driving can be a distraction. But, what about music devices while driving? As your local Aurora, Colorado auto body shop, we have seen a lot of cars come into the shop as a result of distracted driving, and that includes people fiddling with their tunes.

Types of Driving Distractions

Driving distractions fall three categories, any of which can result in accidents and being at fault.

  • Visual: Anything that takes your eyes off the road
  • Manual: Anything that takes your hands off the steering wheel
  • Cognitive: Anything that takes your mind off of concentrating on driving

With texting, it is pretty easy to see that it impacts all three distractions. You see you have a text and read it, so you take your eyes off the road. You grab your phone, taking your hands off the wheel. You then concentrate on the text, so your mind is not focused. Before you know it, you have traveled the half a length of a football in a matter of seconds without looking up from your phone.

Music Devices While Driving = Danger

If you are like many of us, you use your mobile device to stream your music in the car. And, depending on your vehicle, it may seamlessly integrate with your phone so you can have better control of your tunes through the car’s existing stereo consul.

But, it can still be very distracting. For example, you may have Spotify and while driving, it may strike you that you do not have the Bieber Fever. So, you go to the phone or consul to pull up a playlist or artist you are more interested in. In doing so you have removed a hand from the wheel, taken your eyes off the road, and are now thinking about what you would rather listen too. Then, bam, it hits you that you want to listen to that famous band of yesteryear, Crash Test Dummies.

Distracted driving is distracted driving. Even if you were not “texting” the danger is still the same if fiddling with your music devices while driving.

Setting up Your Tunes to Avoid Distraction

Before hitting the road, take a moment to set up your music and make sure you have the right playlist going. Also, make sure you familiarize yourself with your music app and how it integrates with your car’s stereo systems. Some cars allow you to control such apps as Pandora simply by using the radio preset buttons on the car’s consul.

The fact is, some studies show that playing music in the car can help you focus while driving. But sometimes, you may just have to grin and bear it through that song that you may not be into, versus pulling up your phone or iPod and clicking over to another artist, playlist or Pandora station. Remember cassettes or the radio? Sometimes you just had to ride it out until you got to the good songs. But, at least you weren’t distracted and you were more focused on the road.

How to Use this Information

Here at Accurate Auto Body, we want you to stay safe. And, we all know you like your tunes while driving. Just take a moment before driving to get your songs set up so you are not trying to do so while driving down the road at 65 miles per hour. But, if you should happen to get into an accident and need auto body repair, we can help. Call us at 303-344-2212 or contact us online.

How to Drive Defensively

Posted on: April 17th, 2017 by Webolutions Hostmaster No Comments

defensive drivingDefensive Driving Tips

We are willing to bet, that since drivers education in high school, you have had the term “defensive driving” pounded into your head. Despite this, there are still a lot of crazy drivers out there who adopt offensive driving. After all, they are the reason for many accidents and why we are still employed as an auto body repair shop. But, we want all of you staying safe on the road, so we put together some defensive driving tips. And, no, none of them include driving with Von Miller in your passenger seat. Sorry.

Keep Focused

Defensive drivers have a couple of things in common. They stay focused on the road while keeping their hands at a 10 o’clock and 2 o’clock position. The two, actually, go hand in hand. When you have both hands on the wheel, you automatically adopt a more alert posture and focus on the road. With both hands on the wheel, it is not possible to:

  • Eat or drink
  • Shave (yes, we have seen this)
  • Text
  • Apply make-up
  • Hold a dog (again, yes, we have seen this be the cause of several accidents)

Keep Your Eyes Moving

Things on the road can happen very quickly. So, you need to be aware of, and process, multiple hazards at the same time. A good defensive driving tip is to keep your eyes moving to check the mirrors and scan the road ahead so you can anticipate problems.

The Two-Second Rule

When it comes to defensive driving tips, we see this one a lot. Keep and maintain a safe distance between cars, especially while in heavy traffic. To do this, adopt a two-second rule by finding an object on the road. Then, count “one Mississippi, two Mississippi” when the car in front of you passes the object. If you pass the same object before you complete “two Mississippi”, you will want to slow down.

Go With the Flow

Speeding is definitely against the law and causes a lot of accidents. But, going too slow can also create accidents. So, you will want to make sure you are driving at about the same pace as the rest of the traffic. And, if you have multiple lanes, only use the left lane for passing.

Be Seen

A lot of accidents are simply because drivers don’t see the other car. So, to be seen, do the following:

  • Turn Signals: Indicate where you wish to go so other drivers slow down and anticipate you turning.
  • Headlights: A dusk, it is a good idea to turn on your lights or anytime you are dealing with rain or snow. In fact, in some states, it is the law to turn your lights on when your windshield wipers are in operation.
  • Brake Lights: Seems like common sense, but you need to make sure your brake lights are working.
  • Avoid Blind Spots: Do not linger in other drivers’ blind spots.

How to Use This Information

We hope this information helps you stay safe out there from all the crazy drivers! But, should you need us, we are here for you and will work to get your car looking like new. Call 303-344-2212 or contact us online.

How to Remove Haze from Headlights

Posted on: March 20th, 2017 by Webolutions Hostmaster No Comments

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Remove Headlight Haze With Simple Trick

Ever get the feeling that it is getting darker and darker while driving at night? Well, it may not be you, nor any contributing factor of diminished eyesight. It could be haze building up on your headlights. And, this haze on your headlights can contribute to car accidents as it can reduce your optimal field of vision while driving. As your auto body repair team, we take a look at a surprising way to remove haze from your headlights.

Why Do Headlights Get Foggy and Hazy

Most headlight covers are made of plastic. The sun gives off strong UV light that wreaks havoc, not only on your skin (ouch, sunburn!), but also on cars, including paint and, especially, plastic. Living at altitude here in Denver, we get even more intense UV light which can rapidly take its toll on headlight covers. Also, just driving will cause scratches on your headlight covers and create pits and chips.

As a result, a lot of car experts recommend replacing your headlight covers when they get especially hazy. Or, you can have the covers sanded and polished, and then apply sealants and UV protectant. This can take a while, but it is cheaper than buying and installing new covers. But, there is another way to clear the headlight haze, and the solution is likely sitting right by your toothbrush.

Toothpaste to Remove Headlight Haze

If you do not want to invest in expensive headlight cleaners and the process required to use them correctly, toothpaste could be an option to help clean your headlights. Simply take a rag and apply a small amount of toothpaste to it. Then rub it into the headlight cover in small circular motions until you are done. In most cases, you will see a significant improvement, but if your headlight cover is deeply scratched and has a lot of chips, the cheap toothpaste trick may not be your best bet.

Why Does Toothpaste Work on Headlights?

Toothpaste does seem to work, as most pastes themselves are gentle abrasives. As a result, it is a good polishing agent. You will want to avoid pastes that have things like cooling crystals, as those can create scratches. Just use a simple whitening toothpaste. Also, toothpaste can fill minor scratches on your headlights.

How Long Will Toothpaste Keep My Headlights Clean?

Toothpaste cleaning is only temporary and will not last as long as some of the more expensive cleaning alternatives. But, it will last anywhere between two to four months, and then you may want to clean your headlight covers again. Still, it isn’t bad for a simple medicine cabinet remedy for your car. You may apply a clear coat or wax to block the UV rays if you wish to get a little more time out of this cheap fix.

How to Use this Information

When it comes to foggy and hazy headlights, there are a lot of ways to clean them. We hope the old toothpaste trick will help you, and keep you safer while driving at night. If you should need auto body repair or even a new paint job or hail damage repair, we are here for you.  Call 303-344-2212 or contact us online.

Best Safety Features in Cars

Posted on: February 27th, 2017 by Webolutions Hostmaster No Comments

safety features in carsVehicles today are safer than ever, thanks in large part to new technologies that are becoming more widely available and standard options. And, it is a good thing, considering we are seeing more and more traffic accidents, especially here in Colorado. Unfortunately, many cars on the road are older and do not enjoy many of these new features. The Highway Institute estimates that the average car is over 11 years old, marking an all-time high. And, while that can save you money, you may be compromising safety if you drive an older vehicle. As your auto collision repair team, we take a look at some of the best safety features in cars that you should consider when shopping for a new vehicle.

Car Safety Features: Airbags

Next to seat belts, obviously, airbags are among the best safety features in cars. And, while most vehicles going back to 2003 have the standard driver and passenger airbags, today even the cheapest new vehicle offer side-curtain airbags. Some new cars even offer inflatable seat belts as well as pedestrian airbags that pop over the windshield in case you hit someone in the street.

Auto Safety Features: Anti-lock Braking Systems (ABS)

While not a particularly new feature, ABS is a great safety feature that allows the driver to keep the brake depressed, while the system pumps the brakes. This allows the driver to steer and maintain control of the vehicle. While not federally mandated on vehicles, ABS works in conjunction with electronic stability controls (ESC), which did become required on new vehicles in 2012.

Top Safety Features for Cars: Electronic Stability Control (ESC)

Electronic stability control keeps your car on the road when you have lost control. ESC checks the direction of your vehicle 25 times per second to see if your direction corresponds to your steering point. If the system detects that your car is sliding, it applies the brakes and reduces engine torque to help straighten your car out. Many consider ESC to be a game changer in vehicle safety features, putting it up there with seat belts and airbags, yet few people have really heard of it. But, as mentioned above, it became a requirement on all new cars in 2012.

Car Safety: Backup Cameras

By May of 2018, it will be mandated that all passenger vehicles be equipped with backup cameras. As a result, we are seeing more than half of all new cars on the market have them as standard equipment. These cameras are great for seeing objects (or people) directly behind your car while in reverse. The only tricky thing is getting in the habit of using them, while still employing the old over-shoulder glance. But, for your large SUV vehicles, they are especially handy.

Auto Safety: Forward Collision Warning

We have discussed this technology previously, and it is becoming more widely available as an option on new vehicles. Some systems simply warn and alert the driver of a collision possibility.  Other collision warning systems actually slow the car down, making the impact less severe. More advanced systems claim they can make your vehicle come to a full stop, but those results do vary depending on conditions and the actual speed of your car.

Car Voice Control for Safe Driving

Voice controls are a bit controversial when it comes to safety features in cars. Many voice control systems allow you to call people and even listen to and respond to text messages. However, a lot of evidence is piling up that show that many of those features do not actually improve vehicle safety. This is because the controls can be confusing to operation while driving and do not eliminate driver distraction, which is the leading cause of fatal accidents on Colorado roads.

How to Use this Information

There is no doubt that today’s new cars are safer, thanks in large part to some newer features, as well as better collision safety construction. As always, the best safety feature on your car is your seat belt, as well as reducing speed and avoiding distraction. However, if you do find that your car gets into an accident and requires auto body repair, let our team of repair experts help. Call 303-344-2212 or contact us online.

What to Do if Stuck in Winter Driving Conditions

Posted on: January 17th, 2017 by Webolutions Hostmaster No Comments

stuck in winter driving conditionsImagine if you were driving on a winter day or night on I-70 across the mountains and you get stuck in the snow. What would you do? Unfortunately, this happens a lot on the road. Vail pass, especially, claims a lot of stuck vehicles each year. And, we know that it can be scary and you can feel extremely helpless. But, if you take a little time to prepare before you drive, you will be just fine. As your auto body repair team, we have put together some tips for what to do if you are stuck in winter driving conditions.

Be Prepared for Heavy Winter Driving

If you are going to be driving during the winter, you should always be prepared. Some important items you should have on hand in your car are:

  • Shovel  – You may need to shovel out your car if you get stuck somewhere
  • Extra Gloves – Make sure you pack extra gloves in the car as you will want them when clearing snow from your car
  • Candles and Matches – A candle is a great source of heat and light, but you will need to crack a window.
  • Cooler with Water – Fill a small cooler with water bottles and have them handy so you can stay hydrated.
  • Food – Always carry extra food including fruit and good snacks like beef jerky, cheese, crackers, and nuts.
  • Cell phone and backup battery – Have a cell phone and, it is a good idea, to have a portable battery for your phone so it can stay charged longer.
  • Ice Scraper – You will need to, periodically, go out and clear snow and ice from the car windows.
  • Bag of Cat Litter – This is good for traction.
  • Blankets – Packing a blanket for each passenger is a must for winter driving.
  • Flashlight – You may use this to provide light as well as keep you safe in the dark, especially if you are working on the side of the road.

Stuck in Snow? Here are Tips on How to Get Out

If you do get stuck on the road, here are some things you should do to help get your car out.

Remove Snow and Ice

If you are stuck, or have been stuck for awhile, and want to try and get your car out, you will likely need to do a little digging. You will want to have the car running, so you can have the windows defrosting. Use a shovel and remove the snow from around the tires and dig a path in the direction you wish to go. If you don’t have a shovel, a hubcap or Frisbee will do the trick. Then, scrape your windshield to remove built up ice. If you don’t have a scraper, a credit card or CD case will work.

Rock and Roll

Turn your car’s wheels from side to side a few times. This will help push any remaining snow away. Then, gently ease your car forward, even a few inches are good. Then, shift into reverse and gently ease the car backward. Keep repeating this back and forth until the tires gain traction. If your tires just spin, stop immediately as the spinning will only dig you deeper. Also, if you have a passenger, have them stand outside and help push from the driver side window. But, never let anyone stand behind the vehicle as you could easily slide backward and into them.

Create Additional Traction

If this doesn’t work, spread some cat litter or sand on the ground. This will help you get traction in the snow. And, if you do not have cat litter, you can use your car mats or twigs to create the needed traction to get your vehicle moving.

What if You Can’t Get Out of the Snow?

If you cannot get out, you should stay in your car and use it as shelter. Only leave your vehicle if you can see a building in the distance and can safely get to it. But, if you cannot see shelter, it is best to simply hunker down in the car and stay warm.

Stay Hydrated and Keep Nourished

Drink at least 5 oz of water per hour (about a third of a water bottle) and eat some food such as beef jerky, granola bars, or nuts. Water will keep you hydrated, while the food will help keep your body warm as you metabolized it.

Running Car Considerations

You can leave your car running, but you will need to regularly ensure your exhaust pipe is clear. Otherwise, carbon monoxide can enter the car! Symptoms of carbon monoxide poisoning are fatigue, headache, and nausea. If you feel any of these symptoms, immediately turn off your car and open a window. Also, if you are running your car, keep an eye on your gasoline levels. In extreme situations, you could be hunkered down for days, so you may need to use your gas sparingly and make sure you have enough gas to get down the road when conditions allow.

If you have candles, you can to light one and use it as a source of heat versus running your engine. A candle, in the space of a car, will keep you surprisingly warm. A simple tea candle, placed inside a tin can, creates a nice little space heater which can fit inside a cup holder.

Contact Authorities

If you have a cell phone, be sure to call authorities and let them know your location. Use your phone or car’s GPS to pinpoint your exact location so they can send help. You may also want to tie some bright fabric, if you have it, to your car’s antenna as a signal to rescuers. If needed, you can periodically turn on your vehicle to charge the cell phone (again, make sure you clear the exhaust pipe).

Keeping Warm and Using Heat Efficiently

Also, hunker down with your blankets and, if there are others in the car, huddle together to generate heat from each other’s body. Also, if you have a larger car, you can hang a blanket with tape to seal off sections of the car where there is no one sitting. This will help reduce the space of the area that requires heat and allow your use of heat to go further. This is similar to closing off rooms in your home when you have a fire roaring in your fireplace. Lastly, you can use newspaper, taped up to cover your windows as added insulation against the cold coming off the glass.

How to Use this Information

We certainly do not want anyone to get stuck in winter driving conditions. The best bet is to stay off the road if there is severe weather and don’t risk it. But, if you do have to head out, be prepared and do keep necessities like water, food, blankets, shovel, and flashlight in your car. If you are doing a longer road trip up I-70, you will want to take more precautions and quantities of water and food with you. As always, if you have need of repair, call us at 303-344-2212 or contact us online.

Teen Tips for Winter Driving

Posted on: December 19th, 2016 by Webolutions Hostmaster No Comments

teen tips for winter drivingWhen it comes to winter driving, it can be tough on everyone. But, it can be especially difficult for your teenager who is still getting use the idea of driving. To help you and your teen stay safe, your auto body repair team has put together some teen tips for winter driving.

Winter Driving Tips for Teens – Start with Demonstration

Before setting your teen loose on the road with the snow flying, take advantage of a snowy day where you can drive around with your teen in the passenger seat. Go anywhere you want to -be it the grocery store, to a movie, or the mall. The important thing is, while you are driving, you actively discuss specifically what you are doing while driving in the snow. Talk about things such as:

  • Not driving too fast
  • Giving yourself more room between cars
  • Not braking rapidly
  • Not accelerating rapidly
  • Being extra cautious at intersections in case other cars can’t stop
  • Keeping your wipers going and using washer fluid

Having these conversations while letting them see how you are doing it, will help them see and hear the tips.

Winter Driving Teen Tips – The Vacant Lot

Find a vacant parking lot where your teen can drive in the snow with you. Use this time to alternate driving so you can demonstrate things like starting and stopping in the snow and ice. This time is about just allowing your teen, in a safe area, to get used to how the vehicle handles in the snow.

This is also an opportunity to show your teen driver how to handle a skid. This can be a little scary at first, but the more your teen gets familiar with skidding, the safer they will be. Remember, if the rear tires skid to the left, you need to also turn the wheel to the left to align the tires (while not braking). This is called turning into the skid and a vacant lot is a great place to practice this skill.

Teen Tips for Winter Driving – Short Trips

When you feel your teen has mastered the snow covered parking lot, then move to real roads. This can be easy drives on roads they are familiar with. Perhaps you can do short drives in the snow to their school and back home as this is likely the route they drive most often. Or, if you live in a subdivision, doing a short drive around your neighborhood is another good place to start.

Teen Tips for Winter Driving – Praise and Confidence

Offer praise and be confident (even if you are terrified on the inside). They are going to make some mistakes at first, but offering praise will go a long way in boosting their confidence in these conditions. And, if they see you as being confident during winter driving and while teaching them, they too will feel confident.

How to Use This Information

When it comes to teaching your teen to drive, it can be very nerve-wracking. But, it can be especially nerve-wracking when teaching them to drive on snow and ice. Few people like driving in winter conditions, but it is a reality of living where we do. The more exposed your teen is to driving on ice and snow (and the more time you can take to teach and guide them), the safer they will be. And, should you need our help if you or your teens get into a little fender bender, give us a call. We will have your car looking like new thanks to our team of auto body experts. Call us at 303-344-2122 or schedule an appointment online.

Hands-Free Does Not Mean Accident Free

Posted on: November 18th, 2016 by Webolutions Hostmaster No Comments

hands-free drivingHands-Free Driving Debate

We know that the smartphone has become a ubiquitous item in our lives. Everyone seems to have one. Almost every member of our Denver car body repair team owns one and we are willing to bet that you do as well. In fact, you could be reading this article on one at this very moment! While we have had more than ten years with smartphones, and even longer with standard cell phones, we are still learning how to use them appropriately. For example, we are still sorting out if it is appropriate to use them to email at a restaurant? Do we need to silence them while at work (I try but sometimes forget…sorry co-workers)? And, more importantly, how can I use them in my car?

Many states have passed hands-free laws. This means that you cannot, legally, operate your cell phone or smartphone with your hands while you are driving. As a result, smartphone developers and car manufacturers have designed systems that integrate with your phone through Blue Tooth. These integrations allow you to speak on the phone, listen to music, and even hear your text messages and emails AND you can dictate back a response. All of this you can do while being hands-free and keeping your eyes on the road. Sounds great! Sounds safe!

But is it any safer?  The answer is no.

Hands-Free Driving Facts

Hands-free does not mean you will be accident-free. While you may not be holding your phone when it is connected to your car’s system, it does not mean you will not be distracted. This may not surprise you, as we have seen plenty of evidence in studies that compared speaking on the phone while holding it to speaking on the phone while hands-free. Those studies found there was no significant reduction in accidents. It doesn’t matter if you hold the phone or not, you are cognatively distracted even if your eyes are focused on the road.

But What About Hands-Free Texting?

Texas A&M Transportation Institute also ran a study, on a closed driving course, under three conditions: texting by hand, texting by voice, and without texting at all. The results were very interesting. There is no difference whether you text hands-free or by voice, the response times were significantly delayed no matter the texting method. Both sets of texting drivers took twice as long to react compared to when not texting. Also, both sets of texting drivers spent less time with their eyes on the road even when they were texting by voice.

From this study, we now know that hands-free texting, just like traditional hands-free phone conversations, does not improve accident safety. So, while your car and smartphone may come with great technology that enables you to be hands-free, your cognitive mind is still distracted.

How to Use This Information

Obviously, we are big advocates of simply not using your phone while driving. Period. Some phones come with a driving mode that inhibits texts and calls from coming through. Some cars can also auto-respond to texts and lets people know that you are driving. Or, you can just put your phone on the back seat and gather your messages when you are done getting where you need to be. But, if you should happen to get into an accident, we can help repair your vehicle’s damage. Call us at 303-344-2212 or go online to get an estimate.

Getting Your Car Ready for Snow

Posted on: October 26th, 2016 by Webolutions Hostmaster No Comments

Is Your Car Ready for Snow?Is Your Car Ready for Denver’s Snowy Season?

Driving in the snow. That is something we all face living here in Colorado. Even in just the Denver area, where we typically have snow one day and it is gone the next, we still have to be prepared. So, as your auto body repair team, we put together a checklist of things to consider when getting your car ready for snow.

Getting Your Car Ready for Snow Checklist

Check your Wiper Blades Before It Snows

Wiper blades should be checked and even replaced before winter driving season really sets in. After all, in the summer heat, those wiper blades get dried out and can crack. Replacing your wiper blades is fairly easy and simple as most big box stores like Target and Walmart carry blades for most makes and models of vehicles.

Fill your Wiper Fluid

Wiper fluid also needs to be filled. You do not want to be driving up to Vail and going over the pass and learn that you have no wiper fluid. And, yes, use actual wiper fluid and not water as it can freeze in the reservoir or on the windshield. Some wiper fluids are a special mix that also have a de-icing blend that can help remove ice from your windshield.

Consider Snow Tires

Snow tires are something you may want to consider when getting your car ready for snow and winter. But, that will largely depend on your car and its drive system. If you have an all-wheel-drive or 4-wheel-drive vehicle that has some good all-terrain tires, you may not need snow tires. But, if you have a more traditional front-wheel drive sedan that you plan on driving in the mountains, you will need snow tires or even chains according to the Colorado Winter Driving Law. But, if you are just going to be around town and don’t take routes that are particularly hilly, you may be able to just get away with some good all-terrain tires. Just make sure you have adequate tread.

Your Anti-Freeze Mixture

You should aim for a 50-50 mixture of antifreeze and water inside your radiator. This will help prevent the mixture from freezing, especially if we get hit with those ridiculously cold, week-long polar vortexes such as we had a couple of years ago.

Get your Battery Checked Before the Cold Weather Hits

Check your battery and ensure the posts are corrosion-free. If your battery is older than three years old, you may want your service shop to check its ability to hold a charge.

Be Prepared for a Snow Related Emergency

Prepare an emergency kit for each of your cars. It should include blankets for all passengers, water, and food. You will also want to make sure you have the following items:

  • Shovel to help dig out your car
  • Jumper cables
  • Tire gauge
  • Flashlight
  • Wipe fluid
  • Tire chains (especially for the small cars)
  • First aid kit
  • Paper towels
  • Tool kit
  • Flares
  • Kitty litter or sand in case you need extra traction

How to Use This Information

While we all have to face driving in the snow every now and then, we hope that taking a little time will help you feel safer on the road. As always, if you encounter a need for repair as result of snow driving gone bad, we are here to help. Call us at 303-344-2212 or schedule an estimate appointment online.