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Car Rental


Renting a car during your vacation or vehicle repair? Safety and Health Magazine, recommends you take a moment to understand the electronic features of the car before you drive off.

– Don’t assume the features work and don’t assume the features work as you expect.

– If you rent a newer car, it could have features that you are not familiar with, including automatic emergency braking or blind spot warnings.  These useful features should make for a safer driving experience but be sure to understand how they work.


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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.


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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.


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1215 Thomas G. Wilson Drive

Conway, AR 72032

Top 4 Driving Safety Tips


  1. Focus on driving
  • Keep 100% of your attention on driving at all times – no multi-tasking.
  • Don’t use your phone or any other electronic device while driving.
  • Slow down. Speeding gives you less time to react and increases the severity of an accident.
  1. Drive “defensively”
  • Be aware of what other drivers around you are doing, and expect the unexpected.
  • Assume other motorists will do something crazy, and always be prepared to avoid it.
  • Keep a 2-second cushion between you and the car in front of you.
  • Make that 4 seconds if the weather is bad.
  1. Plan ahead
  • Build time into your trip schedule to stop for food, rest breaks, phone calls or other business.
  • Adjust your seat, mirrors and climate controls before putting the car in gear.
  • Pull over to eat or drink. It takes only a few minutes.
  1. Practice safety
  • Secure cargo that may move around while the vehicle is in motion.
  • Don’t attempt to retrieve items that fall to the floor.
  • Have items needed within easy reach – such as toll fees, toll cards and garage passes.
  • Always wear your seat belt and drive sober and drug-free.

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

Car sick kids…..



Car Sick!

Tips to help kids travel

Nothing makes a family car trip more miserable than a kid with motion sickness. You feel sorry for the child, sorry for yourself, and sorry you ever tried the trip in the first place.

Still, trips are a part of life and you can make it easier.

According to planningwithkids.com, be sure before you start out that you are prepared, but haven’t primed the pump, so to speak. Don’t remind kids of their motion sickness or, focus on old stories. Emphasize what fun the trip will be and remind them that you are well prepared if they do get sick.

        Nonetheless, prepare.

1 Keep a sick kit on board with a dry towel, wet towel, wipes, container and plastic bags.

2 Prepare some ginger drinks before the trip. Ginger helps prevent and treat nausea.

3 Prior to the trip, practice deep breathing. Inhale slowly through the nose for four seconds. Exhales slowly for the count of four.

         Plan the drive:

1 Take a straight route, no matter what. Turns are the enemy.

2 Put towels or blankets over the windows if it is possible that sunlight will come in during the trip.

3 Make sure the car is cool and well  ventilated.

4 Prepare some podcasts or audible entertainment. No screens or books.

Finally, remind the kids if they feel bad they should let someone know. There is plenty of time to stop.


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1215 Thomas G. Wilson Drive

Conway, AR 72032

Tires of the Future?



Flat tires, blowouts, and even putting air into tires could one day be obsolete if Michelin’s concept for a new tire makes it to the mainstream.  According to Engadget, the company has designed a prototype of a tire that can be printed in a machine, retreaded without replacement after it gets worn down, and is made using sustainable materials.  All of these factors would lead to a tire that is cheaper, safer and more versatile for the consumer than the products currently on the market.

With the new design, there is not a separate wheel and tire but rather one object constructed with a web-like pattern of rubbery material that supports the exterior tread.  Because of this feature, the tire does not require any air and will be impervious to nails and other objects that can easily cause a flat with today’s vehicles.  Although it is a long way off, this concept paints a bright future for the auto industry’s lessened impact on the environment.

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1215 Thomas G. Wilson Drive

Conway, AR 72032

What Car Seat Is The Best For My Little One?


Child Safety SeatsThe most common dilemma of most parents is choosing the best baby car seat from among the so many variations (each with its own safety feature) that is being sold in the market. The answer to this is whatever fits the baby comfortable, fits in your car snugly and is within the budget is the best baby car seat that anyone can find.

All baby car seats, and for that matter everything that has to do with vehicle safety, has to pass, the same federal crash testing and safety measures. Baby car seats that are approved by the government has the assurance of safety, the standards is set has to be passed by all manufacturers. Needless to say, even the cheapest baby car seat sold in the market has gone through the same crash tests and will always protect the young against crashes provided these are properly installed.

Extra features are fine but these add up to the cost of the baby car seat. Higher prices do not always mean the best, as there are no “best” car baby seats. Some extra features will only be meaningful if it can be used but the car seat must fit the baby first.

Once you have chosen a baby car seat that you like, the next item on your list is to read the manufacturer instruction manual. The most expensive and multiple featured baby car seat will not be of any use if the manufacturers manual is not read thoroughly as those may have special requirements about special fitting and use.

In any event, the same rule will apply. Children and infants that weigh below 20 lbs. should be seated facing the rear of the car. If the child is already one year old and still below the required weight limits the appropriate car baby seat must be the convertible type but the child still has to be seated facing the rear. The convertibles can be fitted to face the front, which could be a good preparation when he/she exceeds the weight limit.

Infant-only seats are small portable seats that often are a part of a stroller system. It has three to five point harnesses and can be used for children up to 22 lbs. The seat usually comes with a detachable base for convenience as it means that you do not have to install the seat every time it is used.

Bigger baby car seats are used for older and bigger babies and are forward facing. Like the infant only car baby seat, this also comes with a five-point harness. Added feature is a padded T-Shield that is attached to the shoulder straps and a padded tray like overhead shields that that swing down around the child.

Baby car seats, no matter what the type is have one thing in common: they are all designed to protect the baby from any forward accidents that may happen while one the road.  And like safety belt that are attached on the seat of the cars to harness adult passengers, baby car seats provide security to the little ones on board.

For some more information on different car seats here is a link to the consumers report http://www.consumerreports.org/cro/car-seats.htm.  You will be able to review numerous different brands and styles that we work for you and your family.

I’m Jody Gatchell with A & J Collision Repair. I have been in business for 18 years in Conway, AR, we are located at 1215 Thomas G. Wilson, Conway AR 72032.  Call us today at 501.205.1218 to assist you with your vehicle. You can also find us on the web at www.ajcollisionrepair.com.” Where quality, professionalism and reliability collide.”


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How often do you get in an accident? Not very often I hope.



A & J Collision RepairDid you know that according to the national average a person will get in an accident once every seven years?

The one thing that I can tell you for sure is that the process of handling your claim and getting your vehicle repaired is always changing.  So what you did the last time you got into that accident has more than likely changed.  To add one more element to this already changing system is that no two insurance companies handle the claim process the same way either.

So now, being that a person does not get in the accident very often, where do you start?

That is easy and I will tell you why.  Our insurance specialists are not in an accident everyday but they do handle accidents for customers every day.  We have established a great working relationship with the insurance companies, which make the process from the beginning to the end hassle free for you the customer and the insurance carrier.  It also helps in getting your car back to you sooner.

The definition of an accident is an unforeseen and unplanned event; no one gets up in the morning and tells themselves “I want to get in an accident today”.  It is the one act that we all try to avoid at all costs; it is also a major inconvenience since it is unplanned.

You may only get in an accident once in seven years, but at A & J Collision Repair we are helping customers through the insurance and repair process every day.  We have helped hundreds of customers through the accident process a year. So it is safe to say that we have the proper contacts and expertise to help you with not only your vehicle but with the insurance claim process as well.

The insurance specialists at A & J Collision Repair are always ready to help you when that unexpected accident happens.

Our lives are demanding with getting the kids to school and to their after school programs or your work schedule is very busy; all of this requires a lot of your time and energy.  The time or energy that you do not have to deal with an accident let alone getting your vehicle repaired.

But not to worry, our insurance specialist can help you from the very beginning.

Our insurance specialists at A & J Collision Repair can help you contact the insurance company in order to turn in the claim and get the claim process started.  Then when it is time, we can set up the rental car for you as well.  Our specialist will also be in contact with your adjustor throughout the repair process.  You can see that we don’t just repair your vehicle for you, we also help you and the insurance company along the way too.

When that accident happens unexpectedly, it is best to stay calm and assess the situation.  Contact the authorities and medical personal if needed.  After that no matter if you are at the scene of the accident or later, contact the insurance specialists at A & J Collision Repair to assist you in the steps so your vehicle can be taken care of.

I’m Jody Gatchell the owner of A & J Collision Repair.  We have been in business for 17 years in Conway, AR. We are located at 1215 Thomas G. Wilson.  You can reach us at 501.327.1882 or by email at jody@ajcollisionrepair.com.  You can visit our website at www.ajcollisionrepair.com for more information about your vehicle’s repairs and about us.    A & J is “Where quality, professionalism and reliability collide”.


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A & J Collision Repair is a full service auto body repair shop. We are located at 1215 Thomas G. Wilson Drive in Conway Arkansas 72032. Come by and visit or give us a call at 501.205.1218.
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