How to drive in hail

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Hail storms are extremely dangerous to drive in. Not only can they cause extensive damage to your car but can also be harmful to anyone who decides to venture out of their vehicle.

Hail can also impair visibility and even break your car’s windows in extreme conditions. If hail is severe, stop driving and pull over to a safe – preferably sheltered – place.

If you have to travel, plan your route to avoid known affected areas.

We also recommend informing relatives and friends of your intended route in case of an emergency.

The following tips should always be followed when driving in hail storms:

  • Stay inside the vehicle. Hail falls at fast speeds, and can cause injury
  • If hail is severe, stop driving and pull over to a safe place so the hail doesn’t break the windshield or any windows. Stop under an overpass if you can, or pull out of traffic lanes and on to a hardshoulder
  • Keep your car angled so that the hail is hitting the front of your car. Windshields are reinforced to withstand forward driving and pelting objects. Side windows and backglass are not and are much more susceptible to breakage
  • Avoid ditches due to possible high-rising water

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Many dangers of a highway work zone

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Highway work zones are annoying, but motorists should never leave the traffic lane to avoid delays.

Even if the way appears clear, driving into a work zone is incredibly dangerous for workers.

A highway work zone or any work zone in a public area has a number of associated risks, according to The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH).  Injuries and fatalities result from three causes:

1 Passing traffic.

2 Construction vehicles working inside the work zone.

3 Construction vehicles entering and leaving the work zone.

Construction laborers on foot are most at risk from all three causes.

In the period between 1992 and 1998, construction laborers represented the highest percentage of fatalities at 42 percent. They were equally as likely to be struck by a passing car as they were to be struck by a construction vehicle, according to NIOSH.

 

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1215 Thomas G. Wilson Drive

Conway, AR 72032

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Cellphone usage while walking or driving is BAD….

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Pedestrians are dying at levels that haven’t been seen in 25 years, according to a new Governor’s Highway Safety Association report.

The reason appears to be that people are ignoring some of the first lessons they learned as children: Watch where you are walking and look both ways.

The reason for that?

Walkers using cellphones, for one thing. More specifically texting while walking. Combine that with drivers using cellphones and the death toll is mounting.

Nearly 6,000 pedestrian fatalities occurred in 2017, a jarring statistic. In fact, the spike in pedestrian deaths began in 2015 with a 9.5 percent increase over the previous year. In 2016, there was another 9 percent increase.

Improvements in vehicle safety such as automatic emergency braking, rearview cameras and collision alert technology have not been able to change the pedestrian death trend, according to the National Highway Traffic Administration.

About 75 percent of pedestrian deaths happen at night. According to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, dim headlights might bear some responsibility. Every year, about 2,500 pedestrians are killed at night while crossing a road. In many cases, drivers can’t see them because their headlights are not bright enough.

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1215 Thomas G. Wilson Drive

Conway, AR 72032

(501)327-1882

Things to think about after the accident happens….

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Accidents happen, it’s a fact. And when they do happen, it’s imperative that you have your car repaired so that it’s not a danger to you or anyone else you’re sharing the road with. But before you select a collision shop, there are some things you need to know. Here’s a closer look:

 

  1. Aside from your home, it’s likely that your vehicle is the largest purchase you’re going to make in your lifetime. It’s all the more reason to preserve this investment and have your vehicle repaired by a certified body shop.

 

  1. You never want to risk driving a vehicle that may be unsafe because of damages. It could injure you or someone else.

 

  1. Though insurance companies may recommend you have your vehicle repaired at a particular collision repair shop, you’re free to have it serviced at the service center of your choosing. It’s the law.

 

  1. Just because one shop gave you a lower estimate than another doesn’t make the low-priced shop the better option. Sometimes, low estimates don’t include all of the work that is needed or don’t use the high-quality parts needed for a sufficient fix.

 

  1. Not all collision repair shops are created equal. Look for I-CAR or ASE certification among technicians and check to see if the shop uses OEM replacement parts to separate quality shops from the questionable ones. Also, be sure to check on any warranties that are offered with repairs. Good collision repair shops usually stand behind their work.

 

  1. Good collision repair shops won’t just perform quality work at a fair price, but they’ll also help negotiate claims with your insurance company. This value-added service can go a long way toward reducing costs, streamlining repairs and minimizing inconvenience.

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1215 Thomas G. Wilson Drive

Conway, AR 72032

(501)327-1882

Frequently asked questions with answers!

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Do I Have The Right To Select The Shop That Will Repair My Vehicle?

It’s your car, your choice! We recommend you select a repair shop that will be an advocate for you, the vehicle owner.

Why Can’t I Get An Estimate Over The Phone?

There are many factors that can greatly effect estimated repair costs. Parts prices and repair time are determined by professional estimating software. Repairs often have hidden structural or frame damage that is not visible and may also need wheel alignment. Our expert staff will provide a thorough, accurate estimate after carefully examining your vehicle.

Do I Have To Pay a Deductible?

The amount of deductible that you will be responsible for is determined by your insurance policy. Insurance companies determine fault by your account of the accident when you make the claim, and by reviewing the accident report filed with the police department. If you aren’t sure about your deductible, we can call the adjuster and he or she can tell us whether your insurance company has waived your deductible or whether you will be responsible to pay this when you pick up your vehicle.

Who Do I Pay My Deductible To?

If your deductible is not waived, it will be your responsibility to pay us when you pick up your vehicle.

If My Vehicle Frame Is Damaged Is It a Total Loss?

No. A car is a total loss only when the price of repairs exceeds the insurance company’s determined value of your vehicle. Today most cars are built using unibody (frame and body as one) construction. Our highly skilled technicians, with the aid of our state-of the-art computer measuring system, can return your vehicle to its original factory specifications. If it is determined that the frame section is bent beyond repair, that section can simply be replaced.

Can You Match The Paint Color On My Vehicle?

Yes. Today’s modern factory finishes incorporate multiple layers of highly specialized paints. We have made a major investment in the finest paint system available and constantly upgrade our technology and equipment to ensure that each vehicle’s paint matches. We take special pride in our ability to match factory finishes as the final step in the restoration process.

How Can I Get a Rental Car?

If you need a rental car, we can help you make the necessary arrangements. Insurance companies will only pay for a rental car if you have that option on your policy or if you are the claimant. We will call your insurance company to find out if you have rental coverage and what your specific limitations are.

 

If you have any more questions don’t hestiate to email me: rachel.sharping@ajcollisionrepair.com and I will get them answered for you!

Customer Service Representative

1215 Thomas G. Wilson Drive

Conway, AR 72032

(501)327-1882

Car Seat Replacement After Accident

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If you have been involved in a car crash and had a child restrained in a child car seat, the seat may need to be replaced.  In April 2004, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) announced changes to the agency’s recommendations about replacing child safety seats following a crash. NHTSA explains:

“The change was made to ensure parents or caregivers continue to correctly restrain their children following a minor crash and to reduce the burden of unnecessary child safety seat replacement.”

NHTSA continues to advise parents and caregivers that child safety seats should be replaced if they have been involved in a moderate or severe crash.

A crash is minor — and the seat involved in it is safe for reuse — if it meets all of the following criteria:

1) A visual inspection of the child safety seat, including inspection under any easily movable seat padding, does not reveal any cracks or deformation that might have been caused by the crash.

2) The vehicle in which the child safety seat was installed was capable of being driven from the crash scene.

3) The vehicle door nearest the child safety seat was undamaged.

4) There were no injuries to any of the vehicle occupants.

5) The air bags (if any) did not deploy.

Crashes that meet all of these criteria are much less severe than the dynamic test used in compliance tests of FMVSS 213 “Child Restraint Systems” and are highly unlikely to affect future child safety seat performance. Therefore, parents and caregivers can be confident that child restraints involved in these minor crashes will continue to provide a high level of protection.

NHTSA recommend parents and caregivers check with their child seat manufacturer with regard to performance, operation, and installation of their child restraint.

Most car seat instruction booklets continue to recommend child safety seats be replaced if they have been involved in a car crash, regardless if they are in the seat or not.  Look in the car seat owner’s manual for your manufacturer’s statement of their policy.

Most insurance carriers will reimburse you for the replacement of a new car seat if it was in a crash.  Check with the insurance carrier handling the accident for more details as all policies are different.

 

***If you have any questions don’t hesitate to call Jody or Rachel our certified passenger safety techs, or email any questions to rachel.sharping@ajcollisionrepair.com***

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1215 Thomas G. Wilson Drive

Conway, AR 72032

(501)327-1882

Understanding Air Bags!

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Overview

In 25 years—from 1987 to 2012—frontal air bags saved 39,976 lives. That’s enough people to fill a major league ballpark.

NHTSA provides information about the safety benefits of frontal and side air bags and the importance of using seat belts—your first line of defense. We also test and provide guidance on the risks of counterfeit and defective air bags, and urge vehicle owners with recalled air bags to immediately get their air bags replaced by a dealer.

Protection

Air bags are supplemental restraints and are designed to work best in combination with seat belts. Both frontal and side-impact air bags are designed to deploy in moderate to severe crashes.
Air bags reduce the chance that an occupant’s upper body or head will strike the vehicle’s interior during a crash. To avoid an air-bag-related injury, always ensure proper seating position. Wearing your seat belt properly helps ensure that you’re properly seated.

Vehicles can be equipped with both front and side air bags (SABs). Frontal air bags have been standard equipment in all passenger cars since model year 1998 and all SUVs, pickups and vans since model year 1999. SABs are being offered as standard or optional equipment on many new passenger vehicles.

AIR BAG DEPLOYMENT

HOW AIR BAGS WORK

When there is a moderate to severe crash, a signal is sent from the air bag system’s electronic control unit to the inflator within the air bag module. An igniter in the inflator starts a chemical reaction that produces a harmless gas, which inflates the air bag within the blink of an eye – or less than 1/20th of a second. Side-impact air bags inflate even more quickly since there is less space between the occupant and the striking object, such as the interior of the vehicle, another vehicle, a tree, or a pole.

Because air bags deploy very rapidly, serious or sometimes fatal injuries can occur if the occupant is too close to – or is in direct contact with – the air bag when it first begins to deploy. Sitting as far back from the steering wheel or dashboard as possible and using seat belts help prevent occupants from being “too close” to a deploying frontal air bag.

To ensure the continued protection of occupants, used air bags should be replaced without delay by an authorized repair center before the vehicle is driven again.

 

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1215 Thomas G. Wilson Drive

Conway, AR 72032

Automotive Paint Colors: What Affects Color Match?

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(* we did NOT paint the vehicle above, I found the photo on the internet)

Why is auto paint color match such a difficult task?

Automotive Paint Colors: What affects color match?

In this article I will be discussing the main factors of why color match is such a difficult task. I believe if you can grasp a little bit about what auto paint colors are made of and how their application shifts color, then you could understand what causes color to change and what you need to do to match them.

There are three basic ingredients in automotive paint:

  • Resin
  • Pigment
  • Solvent

The resin is the component that holds together the pigment in suspension, provides adhesion to the surface applied, and determines the quality and paint durability.

The pigment comes in a powder form similar to concrete, and the average aftermarket automotive paint mixing system includes about 100 colors or toners to be able to mix formulas including metallic and pearl paint colors.

The solvent is what provides the transferability, without the solvent the paint would be to thick in viscosity to transfer from container to container.

So what affects color match? Now that you know the ingredients of automotive paint, I will explain what happens to color during the application.

Auto paint colors are made up of a combination of pigment colors and metallic sizes including pearls. The first challenge is the factory standard. Today, the average paint code has between three to seven alternates that are worth formulating. There is actually more but the auto paint manufacturers have narrowed them to down to keep the databases simple to use.

So why do the car manufacturers have so many variances? Most car manufacturers have three major paint suppliers. The manufacturer decides on a standard color for production and submits a painted sample to their suppliers. The paint manufacturer then produces a formula for the “standard sample” and is allowed a tolerance of plus or minus 5% when they deliver the paint.

This is the first problem because the plant in the east coast may be getting a 5% shade greener on a blue metallic standard and the plant in the west coast may be getting a 5% shade violet on the same blue metallic standard. When compared side by side, they look like a completely different color. This is the reason the paint manufacturers usually have the standard formula followed by two alternates. If the alternates are not available, the painter in the body shop usually mixes the standard formula and tints it accordingly.

The second reason for variances in paint colors is the metallic color applications. The metallic colors are now classified in 7 categories. Extra fine, fine, medium, medium coarse, coarse, and extra coarse. The metallic colors control the value (lightness and darkness) of the color similar to what white does in a pastel color.

Metallic colors will cause variances in color when applied. Temperature, paint film thickness, flash off time between coats, fluid tip sizes, speed of the spray gun, surface type (Plastic or Metal) and humidity will all cause the color to shift lighter or darker.

Why do plastic bumper covers change color? Every once in a while we are trying to deliver a car and the customer will not take it because the bumper looks different than the car. The most amazing thing is that the bumper and the front end of the car was painted at the same time, with the same gun, same air pressure, same temperature and the same paint.

How do you explain the bumper color change to the customer? Plastic bumpers will always change color especially in metallic colors. The plastic has a static charge and the metallic paint will settle different than on the sheet metal parts, causing pigment flotation that will shift the color darker or lighter. The other reason is surface temperature, if the sheet metal is colder, the bumper will look lighter, if the sheet metal is hotter than the bumper, the color on the bumper will look darker. The third reason is flex additive. If the clear coat is applied on the bumper with a flex additive, it will shift the color slightly.

 

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1215 Thomas G. Wilson Drive

Conway, AR 72032

Robotic vests gain acceptance in industry…

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A vest that acts as an external skeleton might be one answer to reducing occupational health injuries.

The vest, developed by Ekso Biotics, is currently being used by the Ford Motor Company and has been widely tested since 2010.

Workers in industry and construction frequently have jobs that require them to keep their arms raised and outstretched for hours, often using tools while they are doing so. At Ford, according to Ekso, workers in repetitive overhead tasks raise their arms an average of 4,600 times per day or a million times a year.

The wear-and-tear on shoulders is dramatic.  Workers in repetitive lifting jobs frequently have shoulder injury and chronic pain. About 13.6 percent of all workplace injuries are shoulder injuries, according to a study by the National Council on Compensation Insurance (NCCI). Shoulder injuries cause a median number of 24 days off work, the greatest number for any body part. Along with this, the incidence of chronic pain is 41 percent, commonly in the 45- to 64-year-old age group. Construction and manufacturing workers often are forced to end their careers early because of pain and injury.

For employers, these statistics are daunting. A NCCI study that looked at 4.2 million workman’s compensation claims from 1996 to 2000, showed that shoulder injuries were the most costly.

Enter the EksoVest. The 9.5 pound vest can be strapped on in seconds like a jacket. It is a wearable robot, that works to support the weight of the worker’s arms, putting less strain on their shoulders. The vest provides 5 to 15 pounds of lift assistance per arm, noticeably supporting overhead tasks.

According to Ekso, “By reducing the strain on a workers body, he/she not only feels better at the end of every day, it also reduces the likelihood that the worker will sustain injury. Jobs get completed to a higher level of quality, in a shorter amount of time, increasing both productivity and morale.”

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1215 Thomas G. Wilson Drive

Conway, AR 72032

Facts to teach your new teen driver

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Teen drivers are inexperienced, usually distracted, and impulsive, statistics show.

That’s every single teenager, from the A student to the wild child.

That won’t come as news to the insurance industry, which charges high rates for teen  drivers. But, teens might not know the dangers of their own inexperience. Parents who are teaching their kids to drive might point out some sad truths.

First, teens have a lot of car accidents and car accidents kill.

Of all age groups, 16-year-olds have the highest crash rates, and a full third of all deaths among 13- to 19-year-olds are likely to occur in a car crash. In fact, more than 3,000 people die in car accidents every single day.

Second, teens are unusually distracted behind the wheel.

According to dosomething.org, more than half of teen drivers admit they use a phone while driving.

More worrisome is that texting can take eyes off the road for almost five seconds — a lot of time for something to go wrong. Car and Driver Magazine did a study on this and found texting while driving had the same effect as driving drunk.

Teens must learn to leave their phones unanswered while driving. That’s a lesson adults can learn too since 27 percent of adults have read or sent a text message while driving.

Third, driving around teen friends can be deadly. Fatality rates increase with each extra passengers in the car. It’s dangerous for the driver and for the teen rider. Fewer than half of teens say they would speak up if the driver was scaring them.

Teens must also recognize that their inexperience can get them into trouble. Driving in poor conditions such as snow, fog, or rain can be dangerous and teens must give the task their complete attention.

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1215 Thomas G. Wilson Drive

Conway, AR 72032

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