Happy New Years!!! Travel Safely Tonight!!!

Posted on December 31st, 2014

untitledIt’s New Years Eve and everyone is excited to “ring in the new year!” With all the excitement and parties going on the roads are not the safest place to be. If possible, try to avoid the roads altogether! You may be sober and alert but other drivers on the road may not. If it is not avoidable, be extra alert and cautious while driving and if you plan on having a few drinks make sure you arrange for a ride home. If you are hosting a new years party, pre-arrange transportation for your guests or make overnight arrangements for them. Remember, it is your legal responsibility to ensure that the guests leaving your house arrive home safety that night.

Why is it Important to Fix Stone Chips on the Body of Your Vehicle?

Posted on December 22nd, 2014

Stone chips are a very common occurrence and should be taken care of as soon as possible. Not only do they affect the overall appearance of your vehicle , they also allow dirt and moisture to work its way under the paint, which can lead to rust spots. . The sooner you notice the chip and attend to it, the better. This can be done very cost effectively – you can get a paint touch up stick from your dealer and apply it to the chipped areas. The spot will still remain visible and the surface will be uneven, but at least you are preventing rust from forming. You can take this a step further by bringing your vehicle to a bodyshop to have the touched up areas flattened and polished to make a smooth surface and remove most signs of the damage.

You can prevent stone chips altogether by applying a 3M Stone Chip Paint Protection film on the main areas affected by stone chips (hood, bumper, mirrors, rocker panels and fenders). It is a cost effective, preventative measure that can the save the appearance of your vehicle and help to avoid intolerable rust.

Travel Safely During the Holiday Season

Posted on December 10th, 2014

The holidays are meant to be fun, but that could end abruptly if you get in an accident along the way. Take a few extra precautions to significantly reduce the risks of holiday travel.

Prepare your vehicle – This is one of the most important tips as the last thing you want to worry about is car troubles leaving you stranded far from home. Make sure to check the following : all the lights on the vehicle, the wipers washers and horn, the brake and clutch fluid levels, the battery water level, the fan belt condition and tension, the cooling systems and hoses, the oil levels, and the tire pressure and condition of all four tires as well as your spare.

Make sure your travel route is planned and be prepared for a change in course- Program your GPS before you leave. and also have a back-up map in your vehicle just in case. Make sure you review and familiarize yourself with the driving directions. Be prepared for anything that could re-route you, including construction, traffic and road closings.

Pack a safety kit – Make sure you have all the safety essentials including: jumper cables, cell phone, ice scraper, tow rope, blankets. flashlight, matches and candles, first aid kit, snacks and refreshments.

Take regular breaks – When you start to feel tired, take a break. If you can share the driving that’s even better. Take 15 minutes every few hours and don’t drive more than ten hours a day.

And lastly, DO NOT RUSH!!!! It is better to get there a hour later than to not arrive at all.

Collision Avoidance Technology Poised to Further Reduce Crashes – By Kmcnamara

Posted on December 1st, 2014

Vehicle collision avoidance technology is evolving rapidly, which is in-turn reducing the overall number of accidents. The following article was published on This article gives insight into the effects of collision avoidance technology on the insurance and automotive industries.

Collision Avoidance Technology Poised to Further Reduce Crashes

A variety of safety and collision avoidance technologies will continue to reduce the overall number and severity of crashes in the future, which could have significant implications for both the insurance and collision repair industries.

In July, the Property Casualty Insurers Association of America (PCI) hosted a policy briefing, “Do Smart Cars Equal Safer Roads?”, in Washington D.C. to discuss these innovations.

The panel discussion was part of the organization’s 2014 Capital Engagement Series, and included representatives from PCI, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS),, the Intelligent Transportation Society of America (ITSA), and Progressive Insurance.

“Historically, the auto industry has made great strides in protecting the occupants of a car after a crash,” says Paul Feenstra, senior vice president of government and external affairs at the ITSA. “One of the really exciting things happening right now is the focus on preventing crashes from happening in the first place.”

In a recent article by consulting firm Carlisle & Co., analyst David Carlisle forcasts that if just 40 percent of all registered vehicles included forward collision warning systems, 15 percent of potnenial collision repair jobs would vanish. If that happened, OEMs would lose a significant chunk of their revenue, as would aftermarket suppliers.

The combination of forward collision, side view assist, lane departure, and adaptive headlight technology could potentially eliminate an even larger chuck if avoidable repairs.

According to David Zuby, executive vice president and chief research officer for the IIHS, the type of smart cars the panel discussed are those that assist the driver by warning of potentially dangerous situations or modifying or taking control of vehicle systems to avoid collisions. Zuby says his organization estimates that the most common of these capabilities, electronic stability control, has reduced single vehicle rollovers by more than 80 percent over the past decade. Adaptive front lighting systems could also help reduce collisions. These systems adjust the direction of the headlight beam to follow the directions of the car.

Front crash systems help drivers avoid the common front-to-rear collisions. “These systems prevent somewhere between 7 and 15 percent of crashes with other vehicles,” Zuby says. “Adaptive headlights are preventing around 7 to 10 percent of crashes.”

The front crash solutions are now being  combined with lane control systems to provide what are know as traffic jam assist solutions that allow drivers to closely follow the vehicles in front of them without having to steer or manually control the speed. “That can provide more benefit than the front crash or lane departure warnings on their own,” Zuby says.

In addition, some automatic braking systems have been developed to respond to pedestrians and bicycles, in addition to other vehicles. By reducing speed, these systems can reduce the severity of injuries to pedestrians.

All of these innovations are leading up to driverless vehicles, which Google is already testing in several states. “These are all stepping stones to the autonomous vehicle,” Zudy adds. “A system that is reliable and can measure distance and speed can get things like left turns correct every time, theoretically. That’s the biggest hurdle though: can the sensors be reliable and durable enough to last for the life of the car, and keep working in the same way as when they were new.

Vehicle-to-vehicle technology will also help prevent collisions. “That’s the next step,” Feenstra says, citing GM’s recent announcement that it will roll out V2V – enabled vehicles in 2017. “We expect other auto companies to follow suit.”

The Collision Avoidance Metrics Partnership (CAMP) is a consortium of OEMs working with the Department of Transportation to develop V2V and vehicle-to-infrastructure technologies so that they can be deployed in a standardized fashion using short-range communications. “That is extremely important because it will allow different manufactures vehicles to communicate with each other,” Feenstra says.

Vehicles will send out a beacon alerting all other vehicles of their location and direction. “The other vehicles will recognize that signal and either take measures to warn the driver, or even provide pre-emptive braking to avoid a collision,” Feenstra says.

The NHTSA estimates that V2V could prevent or reduce the impact of four out of five unimpaired vehicle crashes. That would be huge, both in terms of its affect on safety and fatalities, and in its impact on the insurance and collision repair industries.


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