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F1 Collision receives a Christmas present from Italy

Posted on December 28th, 2013

It arrived just days before Christmas and we could not be more excited. Formula One’s newest piece of equipment is finally here all the way from Italy. So what is it? It’s a car bench; but let me tell you, it’s not JUST a car bench. It is the ONLY car bench approved by Ferrari, Maserati and the new electric car company Tesla. It is also approved by BMW, Mercedes Benz, Porsche, Lamborghini and many many more. What makes this bench so different from all of the other ones? For starters it is the newest technology. This bench allows us to align and replace vehicle structural parts  back to their original geometry. It takes the guess work out of the repair so we can get your car back to you in its original condition or better. There are only a handful of collision shops in Canada that have this car bench and we are the only facility that has it from here to Toronto. Thank you Santa!!

The Generosity in our Community is Beautiful

Posted on December 18th, 2013

I am always so amazed at the generosity of others in our Windsor-Essex community. Our bistro, Club Il Cavallino, had the pleasure of hosting a wonderful group of people for their work Christmas party over the weekend. They came in for a nice night to celebrate the holidays with each other outside of their busy work weeks. But they did not just come out to celebrate. They decided to each bring in toys and canned goods to help those in need over the holidays. Toys were donated to the Sparky’s Toy Drive and the food to St. Vincent De Paul’s Food Bank. It warms my heart to know that over the holidays the kindness of complete strangers can help bring a smile to another. Thank you to all who have donated time, money, even a warm smile to someone over this Holiday Season.

Winter Driving Safety Tips

Posted on December 11th, 2013

Hello Everyone!

With the holidays approaching and the weather getting colder and snowier, we thought we would post some winter driving tips.

 

Winter Driving Safety Tips  

Winter Driving Safety Tips

Ontario’s Ministry of Transportation has an excellent winter driving site which emphasizes the need to be alert, slow down, and stay in control of your vehicle. Among its recommendations:Getting ready

  • Get your vehicle winter-ready with a maintenance check-up.
  • Have your tires checked or replaced before winter begins. Remember to check tire air pressure frequently, as it decreases in colder weather. Consider using winter tires to provide better traction and handling through snow, slush, and on ice. Never mix tires of different tread, size and construction.
  • Check weather and travel conditions before heading out. Don’t take chances if the weather is bad.
  • If you are traveling a long distance, plan your route ahead of time. Let someone know of your destination and expected time of arrival.
  • Wear comfortable clothing that doesn’t restrict your movement while at the wheel. Keep warm clothing for getting out of your vehicle.
  • Clear snow and ice from all windows, lights, mirrors, and the roof. After starting your vehicle, wait for the fog to clear from the interior of the windows so you will have good visibility all around.
  • Keep your gas tank sufficiently full — at least a half of a tank at all times is recommended.
  • Make sure you have sufficient windshield washer fluid in the reservoir and that it is rated in the -40°C temperature range. Keep an extra jug in the vehicle.

Staying safe

  • See and be seen in low light conditions, and when blowing snow and white-outs impair your visibility. Turn on your vehicle’s full lighting system in poor visibility
  • Leave plenty of space between you and the vehicle ahead. During poor weather conditions, stay at least four seconds behind the vehicle ahead of you.
  • Wet snow can make for slushy roads. Heavy slush can build up in the wheel wells of your vehicle and can affect your ability to steer. Remember, look far ahead as you drive, so you can recognize hazards and have plenty of time to respond.
  • Adjust your driving to the road and weather conditions. Slow down and avoid sudden turns of the steering wheel, and sudden braking and accelerating which could cause a skid.In a skid, decelerate by taking your foot off the brake, step on the clutch or shift to neutral, then look where you want your vehicle to go and steer in that direction.
  • Be careful when approaching shaded areas, bridges, and overpasses, as these sections of road freeze much sooner in cold weather and stay frozen long after the sun has risen.
  • Watch out for black ice (areas of the road that appear black and shiny) as they can cause your vehicle to suddenly lose traction.
  • Slow down, keep your foot off the brake, and be ready to shift to neutral or step on the clutch as your vehicle crosses these areas.
  • On snow-covered highways, large trucks and buses can raise or blow snow onto your windshield leading to a sudden loss of visibility. Always drive defensively and leave enough space to avoid their snow spray.

If you’re stuck or stranded

  • Don’t panic. Stay with your vehicle for safety and warmth. Wait for help to arrive.
  • Be careful if you have to get out of your vehicle when on the shoulder of a busy road. If possible, use the door away from traffic.
  • Draw attention to your vehicle. Use emergency flashers, flares or a Call Police sign. Run your motor sparingly. For fresh air, slightly open a window away from the wind. You may have to exit your vehicle occasionally to make sure the exhaust pipe is clear of drifting snow before running the engine.
  • If you attempt to free your vehicle from the snow, be careful. Dress warmly, shovel slowly and do not overexert yourself. Body heat is retained when clothing is kept dry. Wet clothing due to the weather or perspiration can lead to a dangerous loss of body heat.
  • In blizzard conditions, especially overnight, make sure one person stays awake, because help could take some time to arrive. Maintain circulation by moving your feet, hands, and arms.

 

 

 

Winterfest Parade Windsor 2013

Posted on December 4th, 2013

Here are some pictures from the Winterfest Parade held on November 30, 2013. We at Formula One Collision were honoured to have been a part of such a wonderful community event. The weather in Windsor that day was perfect for those in attendance. We already cannot wait for next year!!