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Safe Holiday Season Driving Tips

on Saturday, 14 December 2019.

Christmas and the December holidays are many people’s favorite time of the year. It’s an opportunity to take a break from another hectic year, spend time with friends and family, and even take that long-awaited holiday or trip. While many travelers fill up our airports by venturing overseas, there’s an extraordinary number staying on land, venturing to holiday destinations or friends and family across the state or country.
At Anderson Behel in Santa Clara, CA we want to wish you a Happy (and safe) Holiday Season and New Year! 
Safe holiday driving
In the US, the holiday season kicks off a little earlier than other countries like Australia. Thanksgiving (fourth Thursday of November) is often referred to as the beginning of their holiday period and is, in fact, one of the most dangerous times of the year to drive.
In countries where Christmas falls during winter, the combination of heavier traffic with unfavorable weather conditions like rain, sleet, and snow, and the decisions drivers make on the roads suddenly become riskier. This is why we are inundated with pleas from our emergency services every year to practice safe holiday driving. Further, these holiday periods are a fantastic opportunity for college students to travel long distances to return home.
Drink-driving is just one cause of accidents during these holiday periods; younger, inexperienced drivers become susceptible to distractions and drowsiness when they are driving long stretches of road to get home in time for the holidays.
Why are the holidays, such a dangerous time on our roads?
Drunk driving
Celebrations, parties, and festivities are all part of the holiday season. There’s no doubt it’s a valued time of the year… who doesn’t love spending time with friends and family and getting a well-deserved break from the office? But that extra eggnog might be enough to push you into an official drink-driving range, and you can bet your Christmas presents that the cops will be out in full force to fight against drink driving. If you know you’re going to be drinking or are easily tempted into a couple of celebratory drinks; there’s nothing wrong with that. But be smart: arrange transport or a designated driver, or plan in advance to stay the night nearby.
Rush hour
The holiday season sometimes makes us a little frantic. We feel there’s so much to do (buying presents, organising food, and packing for the family are just three of many things!) that it’s easy to feel like we’re rushing through the entire season.
As a result, people tend to rush to their destinations. They get easily agitated at traffic, weather, and other obstacles hindering their journey.
Weather
Now, depending on where you’re located, the weather during December will vary considerably.
In the northern hemisphere, drivers can come face to face with extreme winter conditions, including snow, heavy rains, sleet, and ice. These dangerous conditions can result in drivers facing dangerous driving decisions.
Down in the southern hemisphere, drivers are often battling with hot and humid weather and fairly frequent tropical storms. What’s more, long stretches of monotonous roads on desolate highways result in droopy eyelids, yawning, and head jerks.
Fatigue
Prepare yourself for your long-distance drive. Ensure the car is packed, and clothes are ready well in advance. Knowing you won’t have to get up earlier than necessary for last-minute packing means you can start your journey fully rested with a good night’s sleep. Enjoy a hearty breakfast before you leave, and keep a big bottle of water handy at all times. You should also plan ahead (especially if you’re driving in unfamiliar territory) by looking up suitable rest stops throughout your trip.
You should be stopping for a minimum of 15 minutes at least every two hours, and if possible, take advantage of driver swaps.
Young drivers
Research conducted in the US found that drivers under the age of 30 are a greater risk on the road than any other driver. Further, the research showed that the most dangerous group is males aged 16-29.
Inexperience and distracted driving are two factors affecting road safety and combined with holiday travel (long hours on the road, increased traffic, and perhaps difficult weather conditions) make driving during the holidays one of the riskiest times of the year for teens and young adults.
Sources: NHTSA, AARP and DMV.org 

Why are Volvos Considered to be So Safe?

on Tuesday, 10 December 2019.

Over the years, Volvo has established a well-earned reputation for building what is among the safest cars on the road. All current Volvos that have been crash-tested by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration received a superior rating of five stars for occupant protection. Those evaluated by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety get top “good” safety ratings, including for its stricter small-overlap front-crash tests. Many receive the IIHS’ Top Safety Pick designation

At Anderson Behel in Santa Clara, CA, we are certified to fix Volvos, as well as being a Honda Certified Body Shop, Acura Authorized Body Shop, Nissan Authorized Body Shop, Subaru Auto Body Shop a Porsche Collision Center. As one of the safest brands in the automotive industry, we are honored to be associated with Volvo. 

Volvo’s current sedan lineup consists of the midsize S60 and flagship S90. Its station wagon offerings include the V60 and V60 Cross Country, and the V90 and V90 Cross Country models. Sport-utility vehicles come in three sizes, the compact XC40, midsize XC60, and full-size XC90. Volvo is currently owned by Chinese automaker Geely, which purchased it from the Ford Motor Company in 2010. The company will be launching a new sub-brand of plug-in hybrid and fully electric luxury performance cars called Polestar for the 2020 model year.

As it turns out, safety is an important part of Volvo’s history.

With its name taken from the Latin translation for “I roll,” Volvo began building cars in Gothenberg, Sweden, on April 14, 1927. Founded by Assar Gabrielsson and Gustaf Larsson, the company always has specialized in building vehicles with passenger safety in mind. Its founders are quoted as saying, “Cars are driven by people. The guiding principle behind everything we make at Volvo, therefore, is and must remain safe.”

Volvo cars are not only built to be safe. The company has both pioneered and has been among the first automakers to implement a long list of passenger protection and active driver-assist systems over the years. You’ll find them in both new and used Volvos.

Occupant Safety Innovations

A Volvo engineer named Nils Bohlin is widely credited for developing the first three-point seat belt for a production automobile with the 1959 Volvo PV544. Though two Americans filed a patent in 1951 by for a “combination shoulder and lap safety belt,” it was designed for aircraft. Bohlin subsequently improved the design for use in mass-produced passenger cars. Volvo waived its patent rights on the seat belt design so other automakers could use it without having to pay a royalty and help promote safer cars industrywide. Volvo contends that since its inception, three-point belts have prevented more than 1 million highway deaths across the globe. While they were initially exclusive to front seats, three-point belts also now are fitted into rear seating positions.

Volvo developed the rear-facing child seat in 1972. The company says its design was inspired by early images of astronauts lying on their backs during takeoff to help mitigate launch forces. A rear-facing child seat supports a child’s head, neck and spine, and helps reduce stress to the neck and spinal cord in a crash. They’re generally recommended from birth to age 2. In addition, Volvo created the child booster seat in 1976 for older children. It began integrating boosters into a vehicle’s rear seats in 1990.

The company introduced the first Whiplash Protection System in 1998. Whiplash injuries are among the most common of all traffic injuries. The system is designed so that the entire backrest helps to provide uniform support and reduce head motion relative to the rest of the body. This helps protect front-seat riders’ necks in the event of a rear impact and is claimed to reduce the possibility of long-term medical problems by half.

Volvo pioneered the use of side-impact protection as early as 1991 with its Side Impact Protection System. This combines a strong structure and energy-absorbing materials on the inside of a vehicle with a sturdy cross member in the floor and reinforced seats. The automaker went a step further in this regard with the first side-impact airbags in 1994. They’re designed to deploy from within the seats on the driver and front passenger’s side if another vehicle crashes into the car from the side. It followed that advancement with yet another in 1988, the inflatable side curtain. This is a tubular airbag that’s concealed in the headliner and stretches across the length of the vehicle to protect outboard riders’ heads. It inflates in just 25 thousandths of a second upon a side impact to absorb 75 percent of the energy generated when the head is thrown sideways.

Volvo introduced Run-off Road Protection technology in 2014 on the XC90 sport utility vehicle. This system protects occupants should the vehicle inadvertently leave the pavement. The company says running off the road is attributable to half of all traffic fatalities in the U.S. It’s usually due to driver fatigue or inattentiveness, or because of slippery wet or snowy roads. The system automatically tightens the front seat belts and keeps them tightened as long as the vehicle remains in motion. The vehicle’s seats are specially engineered to absorb energy in this event to help prevent spinal injuries.

Driver Assist Technology

Volvo also has been at the forefront of developing advanced accident-avoidance systems. Volvo developed the Rollover Protection System in 2002. It includes a sophisticated electronic Roll Stability Control system that automatically initiates braking at one or more wheels and reduces engine torque if it determines the vehicle is about to roll over. The system further includes an enhanced roof structure to better protect occupants should it not be able to prevent the vehicle from rolling over.

In 2003, Volvo debuted the Blind Spot Information System. It’s also known elsewhere in the auto industry as a blind-spot warning. The system uses cameras and radar to detect the presence of other vehicles situated to the side and rear of the car that the driver might not otherwise see in a side mirror. When the system identifies another vehicle, it illuminates a warning light near the mirror to let the driver know it’s there. The system since has been enhanced with a Cross Traffic Alert function. This feature detects and alerts the driver to approaching vehicles when backing out of a garage or parking space.

Volvo’s City Safety low-speed automatic emergency braking system debuted in 2008 to help prevent rear-end collisions in around-town traffic. Volvo says that 75 percent of all reported collisions take place at speeds of up to 18 mph, and in half of all rear-enders, the driver behind fails to apply the brakes at all. Here, the system warns the driver of an impending rear-end collision with a vehicle in its path. It will further go ahead and engage the brakes on its own if the driver is not reacting quickly enough.

The automaker followed that up in 2010 with the Pedestrian Detection with Full Auto-Brake system. This technology can apply the brakes at full force automatically if someone on foot should step out in front of the vehicle. Volvo’s latest update to the City Safety system also can react to the presence of bicyclists darting out in front of the vehicle and even prevent a car from hitting large animals in its path, such as deer and elk.

The automaker’s latest innovation is called Connected Safety. This advanced system warns the driver when another vehicle ahead of it on the same road has engaged its hazard warning flashers or slippery road conditions are detected. What’s more, it can alert other vehicles within the proximity of either situation also equipped with Connected Safety.

What’s Next?

Volvo has identified three main obstacles in future models to help approach zero fatalities in its vehicles. The first issue is speeding, which the automaker says is one of the most common causes of traffic deaths. The second is driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs, which likewise remains one of the prime reasons for traffic injuries and fatalities. The third is distracted driving, which can be as dangerous as taking the wheel while intoxicated.

To that end, the automaker says it will begin limiting the top speeds in all of its vehicles to 112 mph for the 2021 model year. The company also is looking into future safety systems that would leverage what’s called geofencing to automatically limit a vehicle’s speed while driving near schools and hospitals. Volvo says it’s also working on technology that would monitor a driver to determine whether he or she is intoxicated or overly distracted. It would do so by examining a motorist’s facial expression and pupil response. If the system believes a motorist is impaired, it would first issue a warning. Then, if the driver isn’t responding, it would intervene by slowing the car and automatically parking it safely.

Sources: Wikipedia and ABN 

3 Awesome Automotive Gifts for 2019 Holiday Season

on Thursday, 05 December 2019.

At Anderson Behel, we want to wish a Happy Holiday Season to all of our customers in the Bay Area. So, here are 3 very cool, cutting-edge automotive-related gifts for the Holidays:

Tiki Tunes Wireless Speakers: Talk about conversation starters! These new award-winning, Bluetooth speakers will add the perfect touch of relaxing ambiance to your patio, deck, bedroom…heck, ANYWHERE! And the only thing that matches the way cool look is the way cool sound! TikiTunes make any atmosphere way cooler!

Constructed with high-quality materials, TikiTunes are certified dust-tight and protected from water, which means you can enjoy them at the park, tailgating, in the rain, anywhere you want to kick up the ambiance! These are guaranteed to blow the minds of friends and family who are lucky enough to get them as gifts!

It plays for at least 6 hours and works with Apple and Android devices.

The PhotoStick: Envision it: Your computer is filled with various folders of priceless photos and videos that represent all your precious family memories. "SOME DAY" you'll take the time to sort, organize and backup all your files … but then disaster strikes. And all of those memories you cherish so much and hoped to create a family DVD with are now gone.

Unfortunately, it's not all that uncommon and happens more often than you think: 31% of PC users have LOST ALL of their files due to events beyond their control. That's why you need The PhotoStick.

The PhotoStick is a small USB thumb drive that instantly backs up your priceless memories, without the frustration of searching. sorting, and organizing them yourself! No software is required - you simply plug in The PhotoStick, and click the big green button that says "GO." That's it! With The PhotoStick, ONE click does the trick!

ThePhotoStick backs up and protects up to 60,000 photos and videos WITHOUT you spending any time to do any of it. With ThePhotoStick, you'll never have to worry about losing your valuable memories to circumstances beyond your control.

VIZR: Could your phone's GPS put you in danger? Over 424,000 drivers are injured yearly in car crashes because of distracted driving - like when you look away at your phone to navigate the busy streets. But now, there's a much safer way to navigate those chaotic streets

Introducing VIZR, the new cutting-edge "heads up display" solution to checking traffic and your programmed routes WITHOUT taking your eyes off the road! VIZR takes the same technology that keeps fighter pilots focused on flight paths and brings it directly to your car's dashboard.

Now you can check GPS, traffic conditions, speedometer, street maps, & much more - all while keeping your eyes on the busy road ahead!

Happy Holidays from all of us at Anderson Behel!

 

 

3 New Porsches Unveiled at LA Auto Show

on Tuesday, 26 November 2019.

This week, the doors to the Los Angeles International Auto Show floor opened to journalists, and that means several manufacturers are showing off brand-new cars in the metal for the first time. Though there was nothing in the Porsche room that hadn’t already been announced, three vehicles made their auto show debuts: 2020. 
 
At Anderson Behel in Santa Clara, CA we are proud to be a Porsche certified collision repair facility, so we are always happy to share this blog with you. 
 
The Taycan 4S was truly a world debut, as its appearance at the LA Auto Show is the first time it's been seen in public since it was announced in mid-October. This version of the Taycan is a less powerful version of the range-topping Turbo and Turbo S models, making 429 continuous horsepower, or 522 hp to 563 hp during overboost, depending on which of two battery options is equipped. Click here to read about the Taycan 4S technical specs in a previous article.

There’s not much that visually differentiates the Turbo S from the two 4Ss present at the show — except the former has more carbon fiber trim pieces  and much larger front brakes while the latter two wear beautiful Frozen Blue Metallic and Gentian Blue Metallic paint. The Race-Tex interior in the 4S we sat in is nice but makes the car feel a bit more utilitarian than you would expect, though it’s the leather-free option for those who would rather not be reminded of the death of a cow (maybe several) every time they get behind the wheel. The 21-inch wheels with carbon-fiber blades look particularly sharp, though they’re an expensive $8,770 option.

The new Macan Turbo has been road tested by several publications — perhaps you’ve seen one on the road already. But the LA Auto Show is the first auto show the facelifted SUV has visited. The old 3.6-liter twin-turbo V6 is gone, replaced by a more powerful 434-hp 2.9-liter twin-turbo V6. You’d be hard-pressed to visually tell the difference between the new Macan and the old one, both on the inside and outside. The rear end does get the full-width light bar treatment, the most conspicuous update.

This weekend Porsche will compete in its very first Formula E race at the Diriyah E-Prix in Saudi Arabia, so it is nice to see the automaker bring a 99X Electric race car for the public to examine. In person, it’s a lot smaller than you’d imagine, with a bat-mobile kind of look due to a rear wing over each rear wheel that sort of resemble tail fins at certain angles. The swooping body work with partially covered front and rear wheels is common to all Formula E cars, which also share their chassis, front suspension systems (shocks may be changed), and batteries.

Fortunately the inverter (which converts direct current to alternating current to power the motor), the motor, and the rear suspension design can be developed by each team from the ground up, so aside from driver ability, there’s a bit more variance from car to car for the 2019/2020 season.
 
Source: Porsche News 

Want to Help Out During the Holidays?

on Tuesday, 19 November 2019.

If you're away from your family during the holidays, why not step up and donate your time to help others. All over Santa Clara County, there are churches, shelters and soup kitchens that need volunteers just like Martha's Kitchen in San Jose.

Wash some blankets, make some tasty food or just interact with others and watch some great things happen! 

To look at some volunteering opportunities in your area, check out www.dosomething.org

“The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others.” — Mahatma Gandhi

“The smallest act of kindness is worth more than the grandest intention.”  – Oscar Wilde

“If our hopes of building a better and safer world are to become more than wishful thinking, we will need the engagement of volunteers more than ever.” — Kofi Annan

About Anderson Behel 

With today’s sophisticated cars, it’s more important than ever that your body shop is certified to repair your type of vehicle. At Anderson Behel, Silicon Valley’s leading collision repair company, we’re proud to hold several certifications, which means we’re a Honda Certified Body Shop, Acura Authorized Body Shop, Nissan Authorized Body Shop, Subaru Auto Body Shop a Porsche Collision Center and most recently a Volvo certified shop. What does this mean? At Anderson Behel, we’ve invested in the finest training, equipment and tools to do an O.E. repair on each and every Honda, Porsche, Acura, Volvo, Nissan and Subaru that comes into our shop. Why not work with a body shop that is qualified, experienced and certified by the carmaker itself to work on your car? It just makes good sense and that’s why we proudly tell the world that we’re certified on some of the world's finest vehicles.

Be Safe While Driving During Thanksgiving and Don’t Be a Tragic Statistic

on Friday, 15 November 2019.

The National Safety Council (NSC) estimates that 433 people may die on U.S. roads this Thanksgiving holiday period. Holidays traditionally are a time of travel for families across the United States. Many choose car travel, which has the highest fatality rate of any major form of transportation based on fatalities per passenger mile. Holidays also often are cause for celebrations involving alcohol consumption, a major contributing factor to motor-vehicle crashes. Thanksgiving Day is observed on the fourth Thursday in November. The holiday is always a 4.25-day weekend consisting of Wednesday evening, Thursday, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. In 2018, the Thanksgiving Day weekend extends from 6 p.m. Wednesday, November 21, to 11:59 p.m. Sunday, November 25.

There is uncertainty associated with any estimate. The 90% confidence interval for the estimate of traffic deaths this holiday is 382 to 489. This chart shows NSC Thanksgiving Day holiday fatality estimates and confidence intervals compared to the actual number of deaths.

Injuries

A medically consulted injury is an injury serious enough that a medical professional was consulted. Based on the current medically consulted injury to death ratio of 114:1 and rounded to the nearest hundred, the estimate of nonfatal medically consulted injuries that will result from crashes during the holiday period is 49,400, with a 90% confidence interval of 43,600 to 55,800.

Lives saved with seat belts

Studies show seat belts, when used, are 45% effective in preventing fatalities among front-seat passenger car occupants (see note below for more detail). An estimated 169 lives may be saved this Thanksgiving holiday period because vehicle occupants wear their safety belts. An additional 102 lives could be saved if everyone wears safety belts.

Impaired Driving

Nationwide, alcohol-impaired fatalities (involving blood-alcohol content of 0.08 g/dL or higher) in 2016 represented 28% of the total traffic fatalities. During the Thanksgiving Day period, 34% of fatalities involved an alcohol-impaired driver. This chart shows the historic trend of the percent of fatalities involving an alcohol-impaired driver.

About Anderson Behel

With today’s sophisticated cars, it’s more important than ever that your body shop is certified to repair your type of vehicle. At Anderson Behel, Silicon Valley’s leading collision repair company, we’re proud to hold several certifications, which means we’re a Honda Certified Body Shop, Acura Authorized Body Shop, Nissan Authorized Body Shop, Subaru Auto Body Shop a Porsche Collision Center and most recently a Volvo certified shop. What does this mean? At Anderson Behel, we’ve invested in the finest training, equipment and tools to do an O.E. repair on each and every Honda, Porsche, Acura, Volvo, Nissan and Subaru that comes into our shop. Why not work with a body shop that is qualified, experienced and certified by the carmaker itself to work on your car? It just makes good sense and that’s why we proudly tell the world that we’re certified on some of the world's finest vehicles.

 

 

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