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They save lives, but . . .Know what happens when an airbag deploys!


In 1969, the new trend in driving safety was air pillows. Those pillows stayed around but their name changed, and no wonder.

An airbag is no pillow, but while a deployed airbag is not a comfy experience, it remains a landmark of safety.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration estimates that airbags have saved 44,869 lives from 1987 to 2015.

According to Popular Science, in a head-on collision, a car stops fast, but the bodies inside the car don’t.  The momentum of the bodies inside continues until the windshield, dashboard or steering wheel brings them to a stop — usually with dire consequences.

The idea of an airbag is not just to pillow the blow, but to lower the impact by spreading it over a larger area of the body.  No single area of the body bears the brunt of deceleration, according to Popular Science.

To accomplish this, airbags deploy within 1/25th of a second of impact, filling the nylon airbag with nitrogen and instantly deflating. Tiny holes in the bag begin releasing gas the moment a driver’s head hits the bag, absorbing the impact. This is why the driver’s head doesn’t hit the bag and then whip backward.

A white puff of cornstarch might also come out of the bag. The cornstarch keeps the bag supple while it is in storage. Newer cars have airbags with silicone coatings that make the cornstarch unnecessary.

Because airbags stop the body, they prevent deadly head injuries and whiplash.  But they do sometimes cause red impact burns on the body and break eyeglasses.

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1215 Thomas G. Wilson Drive

Conway, AR 72032


Cellphone usage while walking or driving is BAD….


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.

Customer Service Representative

1215 Thomas G. Wilson Drive

Conway, AR 72032


Frequently asked questions with answers!



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


Understanding Air Bags!



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.


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.



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.


Customer Service Representative

1215 Thomas G. Wilson Drive

Conway, AR 72032

5 Things YOU need to know about YOUR car!



5 things everyone should know about their car

With the amount of money we spend on the payments, maintenance, and repair of our cars, you’d think we’d have a better relationship with our vehicles. But understanding our cars—how they work, how to care for them, repair costs—can be overwhelming. All the parts, fluids, guidelines to follow, and things that can go wrong make cars and repair garages seem intimidating, but they don’t have to be.

You don’t need to know everything about your car but you should have a handle on some of the basic elements. To help you feel more confident as a car owner, here are five things you should know before you get behind the wheel:

  1. Year, make and model

The first thing you should know about your car is the year it was manufactured, the make of the car, and the specific model. This seems like a no-brainer, but you would be surprised at the amount of people who do not know this information. Often they are mistaken on the year or the model, which can lead to big mistakes. Fluids, parts, and the accessories to repair and maintain your car are all based on the car’s year, make and model, so it’s critical to know the exact information. Design, construction and models of cars can change significantly in a year, and the parts required for your car will as well.

  1. VIN

Your Vehicle Identification Number (VIN) is your car’s fingerprint. It is a 17-digit number that identifies your car’s manufacture date, place, make, model, engine size, etc. The VIN stays with the car throughout its life. You need to know where to find this number, but you don’t need to memorize it. The easiest way to find it is to stand outside of the vehicle on the driver’s side and look at the corner of the dashboard where it meets the windshield. Your VIN is useful when talking to mechanics and insurance companies. You can use your VIN to look up information if you want to purchase a car or buy parts for it.

  1. Maintenance schedule

Your best bet for keeping your car running well is sticking to your car’s specific maintenance schedule. Your schedule will tell you things like when to change your oil (it’s no longer 3,000 miles or every three months), when to check your fluids and when to rotate your tires. Each car has its own maintenance schedule that should be followed to maintain optimal performance, health and longevity of your car. Your maintenance schedule is in your owner’s manual or in the separate booklet that comes with your owner’s manual. Read it and strictly follow the recommendations for checking and replacing those parts or fluids in your car.

  1. Tire pressure

Proper tire pressure is probably the most ignored maintenance concern on our cars. When that light pops up on the dashboard, we often wait until we need to fill up the gas tank. Then that time comes, and we don’t have any change for air or we just don’t feel like doing it. Truth be told, I hate putting air in my tires like I hate pumping gas, but ignoring this light only causes us to be more likely to get a flat or blow out, pick up a nail in the tire or wear our tires out faster. Stop this bad habit now because it can decrease the life of our tires and force us to buy them more frequently. Tires are expensive, but some can last you over 50,000 miles if you take care of them correctly. On the flip side, make sure to never overfill your tires!

  1. Engine light

While we may experience major anxiety when dashboard lights come on, they are a window into our car’s health. I always got nervous when a dashboard light would pop up because I dreaded what the mechanic would say was the cause. Your owner’s manual will tell you what your dashboard lights mean, as they vary among car manufacturers, but they may not express how important or insignificant certain lights are. I separate dashboard lights into three categories:

Red: Get help now! These are sometimes related to passenger safety.

Yellow: Check this out as soon as possible!

Green or blue: Go or activated!

Understanding these key pieces of information is your first step to feeling in control of your car, talking to a mechanic with confidence and making better choices for your car’s maintenance. Now grab your maintenance manual and stay up-to-date!


Customer Service Representative

1215 Thomas G. Wilson Drive

Conway, AR 72032

National Transferable Lifetime Warranty


Have you ever wondered about the warranty of repairs on your vehicle?  Starting out in 2018, we are starting a new warranty program with the NTLW!  Watch this video to find out more and if you have more questions give us a call at (501)205-1218.


Customer Service Representative

1215 Thomas G. Wilson Drive

Conway, AR 72032

Driving in the Rain


Singing in the rain is fun. But driving? For some people, it’s anxiety-producing. According to the U.S. Department of Transportation, there are on average more than 950,000 automobile crashes each year due to wet pavement, resulting in approximately 4,700 deaths and 384,000 injuries.


But being behind the wheel and a rain-splattered windshield doesn’t have to be a white-knuckled, nerve-racking experience. Brent Praeter, a supervising instructor at D&D Driving School, Inc. and a member of the Driving School Association of the Americas, both in Kettering, Ohio, offers these tips for driving in a downpour:


Think. “Many people drive subconsciously, out of habit,” says Praeter. “And when it rains, they often don’t adjust their thinking.” When conditions are less than ideal, drivers need to stay alert and focused on what’s going on around them.

Turn on those headlights. It’s the law in all states to turn on headlights when visibility is low, and many states also require having the headlights on when the windshield wipers are in use. Praeter says that well-working wipers and relatively new (not threadbare) tires also are must-haves when driving in rain.

Beware of hydroplaning. That’s the technical term for what occurs when your tires are getting more traction on the layer of water on the road than on the road itself—the result is that your car begins to slide uncontrollably. It’s easy enough to hydroplane: All you need is one-twelfth of an inch of rain on the road and a speed of more than 35 miles per hour. If you start to hydroplane, let off the accelerator slowly and steer straight until you regain control.

Turn off cruise control. Ironically, on rain- or snow- slick surfaces, cruise control may cause you to lose control. You might think it’ll help you stay at one steady speed, but if you hydroplane while you’re in cruise control, your car will actually go faster.

Slow down. “Speed limit signs are designed for ideal conditions, says Praeter, ‘and that means driving when you have little traffic and good visibility.” That’s hardly the environment you’re driving in when it’s raining, so let up on the accelerator and allow more time to get to your destination.

Distracted Driving


Each day in the United States, approximately 9 people are killed and more than 1,000 injured in crashes that are reported to involve a distracted driver.

Distracted driving is driving while doing another activity that takes your attention away from driving. Distracted driving can increase the chance of a motor vehicle crash.

What are the types of distraction?

There are three main types of distraction:

Visual: taking your eyes off the road;

Manual: taking your hands off the wheel; and

Cognitive: taking your mind off of driving.

Distracted driving activities

Anything that takes your attention away from driving can be a distraction. Sending a text message, talking on a cell phone, using a navigation system, and eating while driving are a few examples of distracted driving. Any of these distractions can endanger the driver and others.

Texting while driving is especially dangerous because it combines all three types of distraction. Sending or reading a text message takes your eyes off the road for about 5 seconds, long enough to cover a football field while driving at 55 mph.

How big is the problem?

US deaths:  In 2015, 3,477 people were killed in crashes involving a distracted driver.

US injuries: In 2015, 391,000 people were injured in motor vehicle crashes involving a distracted driver.


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1215 Thomas G. Wilson Drive

Conway, AR 72032

Texting and Driving


Texting and driving is a terribly dangerous activity. Driving a car, especially on the highway, is the single most dangerous activity that most people do on a daily basis. When drivers take their eyes off the road to send or read a text, their eyes leave the road for a few seconds. At highway speeds of 60 miles per hour, every second you look away from the road, you travel 88 feet. Spending just four seconds reading a text means you travel approximately the length of a football field without looking at the road.

The following statistics and information may be helpful in understanding the real life risks of texting and driving.


Throughout the United States, police and lawmakers have increased their efforts to end the dangers associated with distracted driving. The US Department of Transportation (DOT) and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) have put together some facts and statistics about texting and driving. Because of the way traffic and accident data is collected, 2015 is the year with the most recent statistics.


In these national statistics, we see that about 2.2% of drivers used cell phones while driving, in both 2014 and 2015. Even through inclement weather, on both highways and other roads, these drivers made the dangerous decision to use their phone. From these statistics, we see that drivers in the South (which includes Arkansas) are the second-worst cell phone offenders. While less than 1.7% of drivers in the Northeast and 1.0% of drivers in the Midwest use phones on the road, 2.8% of drivers in the South and 3.1% of drivers in the West manipulate their phones while driving.

The NHTSA highlights that, in 2015, 3,477 people were killed in accidents caused by distracted driving. Overall, 391,000 people were injured because of these car accidents. This 3,477 deaths account for a whopping 10% of all car accident fatalities.


The NHTSA’s Fatal Accident Reporting System (FARS) reports various driving and accident statistics based on individual accident reports. According to FARS, in 2015, Arkansas had 225 fatal accidents involving distracted driving (including looking away or being careless). Six of these fatal car crashes were caused by cell phone use. These numbers may not seem large, but with only 556 fatal accidents in the state, this is concerning. This number also does not include the non-fatal accidents or number of near misses attributed to texting behind the wheel.


One of the reasons these numbers may be low in Arkansas is because of its texting and driving laws. Since 2009, it has been illegal for anyone to text while driving. Under Arkansas Code § 27-51-1501, also called “Paul’s Law,” you can receive a $100 traffic ticket for texting and driving. This makes it illegal to use a handheld phone for any “wireless interactive communication,” texts, or messaging on other apps.

It is also illegal for specific groups to use their phones while driving. While no one can text, drivers aged 18-20 cannot use their phone, in their hand, for calls. They must instead use a hands-free device to make calls. Drivers under 18 are completely banned from any cell phone use while driving, even with a hands-free device.

On March 29, 2017, Arkansas SB 374 of 2017 was signed into law to make stricter penalties for texting and driving. When this law goes into effect, it will increase the penalties, and add penalties for repeat offenses. This bill will increase the fine for a first offense to $250. Further, any subsequent violation will increase the penalty to up to $500 for each offense. If the texting leads to an accident, the driver will be made to pay double the typical fine.

This law also helps injured drivers recover for their injuries. When proving a personal injury case, you must show that the other driver failed to use the proper care, which lead to your injuries. Since it is illegal to text and drive, this is automatically an instance of failing to use the proper care. This can help you recover compensation for your car accident injuries.


Customer Service Representative

1215 Thomas G. Wilson Drive

Conway, AR 72032

Traveling for Thanksgiving?



Many Americans would be hitting the road to visit friends and families to spend one of the most widely celebrated holidays in America-Thanksgiving. If you plan to travel 50 miles or more, this Thanksgiving you will have lots of company on those busy roads and Highways. According to prediction by the AAA Association, about 42.5 million people would be travelling 50 or more miles from their homes to visit family and friends this Thanksgiving. This article discusses the most important safe driving tips for Thanksgiving holiday travel.

  1. Vehicle Readiness

The first safe driving tip for road travel this Thanksgiving is to make sure your car or vehicle for the trip is in top condition and ready for the trip. Fuel up; check all the fluid levels in your car such as oil level, automatic transmission fluid level, Brake fluid, Radiator fluid levels, and window washer fluid level. Check your tire pressure levels. Clean your windshield sometimes frost may accumulate on your windows at this time of the year. Don’t drive during extreme bad weather conditions.

  1. Pack some snacks and supplies

If you have small children you definitely need enough snacks for the trip. To keep them entertained and less of a distraction for the driver, pack some DVD or CDs Pack some bottled water, and emergency first-aid kit. Include a flash light just in case, and depending on the part of the country you will be travelling to you may want to listen to the weather forecast. Some parts of the country may already be experiencing cold weather, so pack blanket just in case.

3.Check vehicle Load Capacity

Check the load capacity of your vehicle. In most vehicles it is written on the inside frame of the driver door. Make sure you do not overload your vehicle. A rough way to figure out the weight of your packed luggage and supplies is to weigh them and add that to the weight of all the passengers.

  1. Use a GPS Navigation System

Most Phones now have a GPS navigator; use such device to track your route. The GPS will guide you through a good route, and will warn you about road traffic conditions and possible accidents ahead, and also show you the nearest gas stations, and restaurants along the way.

  1. Secure Your Pets

If you are travelling with a pet have your pets secured with harnesses or inside an animal cage. Animals often cause much distraction for the driver. Making sure all your pets are secured one way or another will help the driver focus more on the driving.

  1. Use Seat belts

All passengers in your vehicle including the driver must use seat belts for safety. It is also the law in most if not all states in the United States. Young children must be safely secured in their child restraint seats and securely belted in line with age requirements.

  1. Obey All Traffic Signs

One of the most important Driving tips for Thanksgiving travel is for the driver to obey all road traffic signs, you need lots of patience for Thanksgiving driving, many more cars would be on the road so you should expect some delays at some point of the trip. Avoid excessive speeding it is one of the major causes of road accidents on highways and interstates.

  1. Avoid Distractions

Texting and driving is as dangerous as drunk driving. Talking on the Phone and driving don’t mix either, some states have banned it and others can only allow you to talk with a hands free device. For your safety and the safety of your passengers and other road users, please practice safe driving this Thanksgiving and have a great Turkey Dinner with family and friends!

Customer Service Representative

1215 Thomas G. Wilson Drive

Conway, AR 72032

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