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Perhaps a frazzled shopper dented your sedan at the mall during the holiday shopping crush. Parking lots are a common place for car accidents. To keep your car dent-free, you can benefit from practicing better parking lot safety.
To reduce your likelihood of an auto accident, minimize distractions in your vehicle as you search for a space. Turn off your radio. Stop talking to other people in the car. Avoid text messaging or chatting on your cell phone. When you focus, you will be able to react more rapidly to sudden changes in the driving environment — such as a little child running in front of your car or a distracted driver mindlessly backing out in front of you.
Next, stay away from the busiest zones in crowded lots – typically closest to the store’s entrance. Yes, you may need to sacrifice some convenience. But it is generally safer to park farther away, where there is less traffic.
Drive slowly and mindfully. Use your mirrors and cover your blind spots. Be vigilant for pedestrians, and also watch for runaway shopping carts.
After you park, switch your mental gears from “driver” to “pedestrian.” Always look both ways before stepping out between two cars.
If your car needs some auto body repair or some paint touch up work, contact the team here at Shattuck Auto for a free estimate. We can help you make cost-effective, appropriate decisions about your vehicle, and we have a reputation as trustworthy driver advocates who work closely with your auto insurance company. Call now to schedule a free estimate: 510-848-6281.
Back in the day, used cars were considered to be cheaper alternatives to new cars. In a standard economic climate, that rule holds pretty well. However, the Bay Area (and the rest of the nation) has been rocked by economic turmoil since 2008. Thus, used cars have been getting more expensive relative to new cars for complex economic reasons. Read the rest of this entry »
Keeping pets safe is an easy enough task when you’re at home. But what happens when you take your pets on the road? From road trips across the country to even a short trip to the store, pet auto safety can be a major issue.
If you’re not careful, not only could you cause injury to your pet, but you could also get in trouble with the law. This article boils down the essentials for pet safety to help you ensure the care of your best friend. Read the rest of this entry »
Summer is upon us. Whether you and your family are planning to dart up to Yosemite for a weekend gazing up at a massive waterfall, or you’re planning to shoot down to Los Angeles to spend a weekend with your hippy dippy brother on Venice Beach, you want your car to be prepared. The following 6 step auto maintenance checklist can help you minimize potential trouble, so you can maximize the potential fun of your trip.
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Whether you drive a gas guzzling Hummer or a gas sipping Prius, every time you fill up at a Bay Area pump, your eyes go wide as you realize just how much of your salary gets siphoned into the pockets of the gas and oil companies. Short of trading your car for a skateboard — and who
wants to do that? – what can you do to cut costs without altering your driving habits or needs?