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4 Causes of Major Car Accidents in Oakland

In an ideal world, no driver would ever need the services of an Oakland auto body repair shop, like Shattuck Auto Collision Center. Unfortunately, accidents happen.  Read the rest of this entry »

5 Safe Driving Tips for Teens

Statistics compiled by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and other official, reputable groups show that teenage drivers get into more accidents than do any other drivers. Whether you’re a newly-minted San Francisco teen driver, who wants to learn best practices, or you’re a parent or educator of teens, here are critical safe driving tips. Read the rest of this entry »

Car Safety for Pets

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 »

3 Tips for Taking Care of Your Hybrid Vehicle

To make sure your hybrid car keeps running smoothly, here are three maintenance tips. Read the rest of this entry »

How to Prepare For Your Northern California Road Trip: Your Critical 7 Step Maintenance Checklist

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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Three Gas Saving Tips to Vastly Reduce Your Monthly Gas Expenses

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?

Here are 3 core ideas to implement TODAY: Read the rest of this entry »

Defending Your Life Through Smart, Defensive Driving

Defensive DrivingWhen you attended driver’s ed in the Bay Area or elsewhere, you probably learned early on that the best drivers are defensive drivers. We all – or at least most of us – remember this idea. But when some idiot in a speeding Camaro cuts us off on the freeway, our impatience and rage often overcome us, and we may do stupid things that put us at great risk for accidents.

Being a defensive driver means adopting a set of smarter, more cautious driving habits and behaviors. In some ways, it’s easier to define defensive drivers as doing the opposite of aggressive drivers.

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Aggressive drivers do things like:

  • Cause conflict on roads
  • Scare or intimidate other drivers by driving fast or driving while under the influence
  • of alcohol, narcotics, or medications
  • Tailgate
  • Blast music
  • Ignore traffic signs
  • Generally don’t pay sufficient attention to other vehicles and pedestrians
  • Change multiple lanes without signaling
  • Etc.

Defensive driving is the opposite – being conscientious, aware, and in control of your vehicle. Defensive driving involves more than just adopting good habits – it involves paying attention to the strange or dangerous actions of others and meeting these with appropriate responses. For instance, say someone veers into your lane and cuts you off. You may beep at them – not to provoke a fight, but to alert the person of your presence. Being a defensive driver doesn’t mean being a wallflower or milquetoast. It means “advocating for your driving rights” in the safest, most sensible, and most compassionate way.

To really fine tune your skills, consider taking a refresher driver’s ed courses or studying “best driving habits” online or elsewhere. It may sound silly to pay so much attention to your driving. But think about how many miles you spend behind the wheel. Auto accidents kill over 40,000 people every year and injure millions more. So it’s really worth it to spend some time thinking about how to make your driving as safe as possible
– not just for you but for other drivers.

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If you have been in a collision, and you need help fixing your car, connect with the team here at Shattuck Auto Collision Center. We’ve been serving the East Bay, Oakland, and Berkley areas since 1965. Learn more about us at www.shattuckauto.com, or call now for help with minor and major collision repair at 510-848-6281.

7 Urgent Actions to Take After Your Bay Area Car Accident

Auto Collision Accident

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Bay Area car accident victims must confront enormous responsibilities within razor thin
timeframes…all while dealing with potentially serious medical conditions. If you’ve been hurt
in a car crash, here are just a FEW of your immediate responsibilities:
  • Deal with the logistics of the aftermath of the crash (i.e. getting your car towed away
  • and repaired; filing a police report, etc)
  • Attend to medical concerns, be they simple bruises and lacerations or more serious
  • problems like concussion or broken bones;
  • Help others around you, including injured passengers or other drivers who got hurt;
  • Deal with interested third parties, such as the police, insurance adjusters, your own
  • insurance company, and possibly a Bay Area accident law firm;
  • Deal with the emotional, logistical, and financial confusion created by the accident;
  • Face long-term challenges, such as rehab or a personal injury lawsuit.
To that end, here are some action items — stuff to do following a crash. This is not a complete
guide, nor is it a legal advice. But it should be a good start to get you thinking:
1. Check for injuries.
If you or a passenger or someone in another car (or pedestrian) even suspects injury, get
medical attention. The endorphins that our brains release in the wake of traumatic events,
like Bay Area car accidents, can fool us into believing that we are “less injured” than we
actually are. The safe bet is to get medical help.
2. Call the police and file a police report.
Even if no one seems “that hurt,” it’s better to be safe than sorry. A police report can be
powerful evidence if you ever need to file a claim or file a personal injury lawsuit.
3. Exchange information with all relevant parties.
These can include witnesses, pedestrians and other drivers involved. Collect as much
information as possible – license plate numbers; the make, model and color of vehicles
involved; names, phone numbers and email addresses; insurance information, etc.
4. Collect witness statements.
Especially make note if anyone involved in the accident says something to the effect of “I’m
sorry I bumped you.” Or “I really should have watched where I was going, but I was on my
cell phone.” Journal your own experiences quickly soon after the accident.
5. File an insurance claim.
Don’t wait too long to connect with your agent.
6. Connect with an attorney.
If you suspect that another driver or pedestrian might have responsible for what happened –
– or even if you suspect that poor road design or some other obscure cause might have been
involved — call a good local lawyer.
7. Find an auto shop near you.
A good shop can provide services and quality parts at a fair price.
If you need help with auto collision repair in Oakland, Berkeley or anywhere else in the East
Bay region, connect with the team at Shattuck Auto Collision Center. Since 1965, we have been
serving customers like you and helping with both minor and major collision repair as well as
with framework, expert color paint matching, insurance claims (we work with all companies)
and much more. Call us at 510-848-6281, or visit us online at www.shattuckauto.com.
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Safety Tips Driving During Rainy Winter Weather

Winter is just around the corner, and you know what that means: Yucky days are ahead. To navigate the potentially treacherous, slick, and flooded highways, consider these tips:

1. Apply “Common Sense” Safe Driving Tips, but Apply Them Harder Than Ever.

You probably don’t need to be reminded that, during wet, gusty, and wintry weather, you need to slow down, turn on your headlights, give ample space between you and other vehicles, avoid driving while under the influence of medications (even over-the-counter ones) or alcohol, avoid distractions like cell phone conversations, and keep your car “in ship shape” and well maintained. These are “should do’s” for any time of the year, but they are particularly relevant during the wild and wooly winter days, when room for error diminishes considerably.

2. Pay Close Attention to Relevant Signage.

Caltrans might provide messages indicating dense fog ahead, road outages, emergency detours, debris in road, etc. Interestingly, drivers often pay keen attention to such signage when they enter unfamiliar terrain – such as a highway far from home – but they often “go blind” to signage that they see every day.

3. Remember Critical Winter Driving Skills.

If your car skids out on the road and you don’t have antilock brakes, pump your brakes, don’t slam them down. If you DO have antilock brakes, avoid pumping or stamping on the pedal. (If you are not sure whether you have antilock brakes or not, ask your spouse!)

Turn in the opposite direction of any skid. If you do get into an accident, pull off the road as far as you can, turn on your emergency blinkers, and call for help. Be mindful: during heavy rains or fog, cars behind you may not see your vehicle or you.

4. In Fog, Special Rules Apply.

Drive with your low beams on, not your high beams. Minimize speed to maximize safety. If you have trouble seeing, crack open a window to listen to potential traffic around you. If the fog gets bad, pull over until it clears off a bit: there is no point endangering your life or the lives of others to get to a party (or even to get home) an hour or two earlier.

If you need auto body repairs, connect with the team at Shattuck Auto Collision Center. We have been serving the Berkeley, Oakland, and East Bay since 1965, and we are a highly skilled, highly reputable team.

Read more about us at www.shattuckauto.com or call us now at 510-848-6281.

Shattuck Auto Collision Center Video!

Shattuck Auto Collision Center is the best auto body shop in the East Bay!  Specializing in dent removal, paint matching, frame work and working with your insurance.  We also provide tow, pick-up, delivery and car rental for our customers.  We are apart of the BBB, insured, certified, and have been in the auto body & paint business since 1965! Right here on the OaklandBerkeley border.

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Serving the East Bay, Oakland, and Berkeley.

www.shattuckauto.com

Ph: 510.848.6281

3207 Shattuck Avenue, Berkeley, CA 94705