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Holiday Travel

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Be prepared

Whether you are going down the street or heading out of town, we suggest taking a few minutes to prepare before leaving your home. No matter the distance you are traveling; don’t hit the roads this Thanksgiving without a full tank of gas. Fuel prices can rise during peak travel seasons, so make sure you check local gas prices for the cheapest in your area. While at the gas station take the time to check your fluids too.

In addition, make sure before setting out that you have the directions. A map is handy, but a GPS system can also help identify gas stations and restaurants on your trip. Most systems can assist in identifying alternative routes if you happen to run into traffic congestion. Finally, before hitting the roads, double check the weather; knowing the weather forecast could affect your travel plans. You never know what may happen, so it is better to take a moment and make sure you are prepared.

Pack smart

We all want to avoid the “are we there yet?” game at all costs, right? If you are traveling with children, pack plenty of snacks, water, games, and DVDs to help keep them entertained. The same is true if you are traveling with pets. Unfortunately, our pets cannot articulate when they are getting a bit stir crazy. To prevent your pet from stressing, bring water, food, toys, and their leash which will allow you to run out a bit of their energy during your stops along the way. Our pets are an important part of the family. This is why it is important to keep them safe while traveling by securing them with either a harness or within a crate. In addition, this will prevent them from becoming a dangerous distraction while you are driving.

Stay calm

During peak travel times we expect traffic. With a large number of drivers on the roads anything can happen. However, if you stay calm you will be able to handle any situation. Remember keep a safe distance between you and the car in front of you, this will allow you more time to react should something happen. If you are leaving early or driving late to avoid traffic, remember it is just as important to take your time. Make sure you have plenty of rest, and if you feel sleepy, pull over and switch drivers if possible. Finally, buckle up. Always buckle your seat belt as well as your children’s seat belts.

Customer Service Representative

1215 Thomas G. Wilson Drive

Conway, AR 72032

(501)327-1882

The Many Benefits of Body Shop Plastic Repairs

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Your car features a lot of plastic parts- many of which you may be unaware of.  In fact, durable plastic polymers are now used for bumpers, body and door panels, trim, light covers, windows, equipment housings and more.  Introduced on cars in the late 1960s, plastic parts reduce a vehicle’s weight while improving its fuel efficiency.  In addition, plastics minimize corrosion, allow for more design creativity and are easier to recycle than metals.  When your car is involved in a collision, naturally some of its plastic parts can get damaged and require repairs.  Newer plastic repair innovations now allow body shops to oftentimes fix and reuse the original part rather than replacing it.  Here’s how those plastic repair benefits play out for you.

You the Driver

When your car’s in the shop after an accident, it’s a hassle to be without it.  For example, let’s say that your plastic bumper was cracked in a minor fender bender and needs to be repaired.  In the past, a replacement bumper would have been ordered, a large batch of paint mixed and applied, and the new part installed.  With the high-tech plastic repairs used today, body shop technicians can oftentimes patch the existing bumper and spot blend a little paint; which means faster turnaround times and lower bills.  That’s important when you are paying out-of-pocket for repairs, and/or have to come up with the cash yourself for a rental car.  The many benefits of plastic repairs for you as a driver include:

Faster turnaround time

Less stress

Increased resale value when original equipment stays on the vehicle

Overall higher satisfaction with the repair job

If you would like to learn more about plastic repairs or if we can help you in some way don’t hesitate to give us a call at (501)327-1882.

Customer Service Representative

1215 Thomas G. Wilson Drive

Conway, AR 72032

(501)327-1882

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

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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.

Customer Service Representative

1215 Thomas G. Wilson Drive

Conway, AR 72032

(501)327-1882

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

Customer Service Representative

1215 Thomas G. Wilson Drive

Conway, AR 72032

(501)327-1882

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.

 

Customer Service Representative

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.

Customer Service Representative

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***

Customer Service Representative

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.

 

Customer Service Representative

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.

Customer Service Representative

1215 Thomas G. Wilson Drive

Conway, AR 72032

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