Posts Tagged ‘auto’
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 »
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?
Here are 3 core ideas to implement TODAY: Read the rest of this entry »
When 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
- Blast music
- Ignore traffic signs
- Generally don’t pay sufficient attention to other vehicles and pedestrians
- Change multiple lanes without signaling
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.
- 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.
1. Check for injuries.
2. Call the police and file a police report.
3. Exchange information with all relevant parties.
4. Collect witness statements.
5. File an insurance claim.
6. Connect with an attorney.
7. Find an auto shop near you.
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.
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