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Road Rage is a National Dilemma

on Sunday, 10 February 2019.

Just about everyone has encountered “road rage” in one form or another. It’s nearly a staple of automotive culture: We enjoy poking fun at comically over-angry drivers during our favorite late-night shows, after all. But for those who have encountered road rage in person, the experience can be incredibly terrifying. In fact, new road rage statistics reveal it is far more dangerous than some may think.

Road rage is a leading cause of accidents.

Even in those accidents that do not result in injury, road rage can be linked as a causing factor. More recent data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) revealed that 94% of all traffic accidents are caused by driver error. Of those accidents, 33% could be linked to behaviors typically assigned to road rage, such as illegal maneuvering or misjudging the intent of another driver.

Road rage leads to injuries, even deaths.

Back in 1990, the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety conducted a study of over 10,000 traffic accidents linked to driver violence. Over a seven-year period, AAA found over 12,500 injuries could be linked to these acts. Road rage could also be linked to 218 deaths, mostly deliberate murders conducted by angry drivers. That number has been steadily increasing at a rate of 7% each year.

In fact, data gathered by SafeMotorist.com indicates that 66% of recent traffic fatalities can be linked to aggressive driving. More disturbingly, 37% of those fatalities were found to be caused by a firearm, rather than a typical accident. This shines a light on the fact that road rage often does not end once a driver is off the road or outside their car.

Many victims turn into aggressors themselves.

During a recent poll conducted by AAA, half of drivers who shared road rage stories admitted to engaging in aggressive behavior in response. This type of active engagement leads to more accidents, and sadly more deaths. Both AAA and NHTSA warn drivers to avoid giving in to the temptation to seek revenge or intimidate aggressive drivers. This kind of behavior often escalates a minor incident into dangerous combative driving, which can put even more drivers at risk.

AAA says there are some simple ways drivers can avoid encountering road rage. When asked what behaviors anger drivers the most, they cite cutting off, driving slow in the left lane, and tailgating as major offences that incite road rage. Avoiding these behaviors reduces a driver’s risk of angering another.

If someone does incite another driver into road rage, the most important thing to remember is “Don’t engage.” This means giving the angry driver a lot of room, avoiding eye contact, and (if you need to) finding help in a populated area. Keeping calm and following these steps often discourage aggressive drivers from engaging in more dangerous behavior.

High-anger driving can be managed.

People who experience bouts of road rage often have internal reasons for outbursts. This behavior has been linked to factors such as stress at home or work and behavioral imbalances such as impulsiveness. New research has found that chronically angry drivers who seek help, such as therapy, see a dramatic drop in personal road rage incidents.

Sources: AAA and AARP 

Uber will Buy 24,000 Volvo Self-Drivers

on Monday, 04 February 2019.

At Anderson Behel in Santa Clara, we are proud to be a Volvo certified. In Silicon Valley, more and more people drive Volvos, so we are happy and proud to be repairing these amazing vehicles.

Uber plans to buy up to 24,000 self-driving cars from Volvo, marking the transition of the US firm from an app used to summon a taxi to the owner and operator of a fleet of cars.

The non-binding framework deal could offer San Francisco-based Uber a way to overcome setbacks at its autonomous driving division in Silicon Valley’s race to perfect self-driving systems.

Combining Volvo’s cars with Uber’s self-driving system builds on their nearly three-year relationship and comes as Uber’s autonomous driving unit has been hit by a lawsuit over trade secrets and the departure of top talent.

Carmakers, ride-hailing firms and tech startups have been forging loose alliances in an effort to advance self-driving technology and claim a piece of what is expected to be a multi-billion-dollar business.

Volvo said in a statement on Monday it would provide Uber with its flagship XC90 SUVs equipped with autonomous technology as part of a non-exclusive deal from 2019 to 2021. A Volvo spokesman said it covered up to 24,000 cars.

About Anderson Behel 

With today’s sophisticated cars, it’s more important than ever that your body shop be 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 and most recently a Porsche Collision Center. 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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

5 Stars Yet Again!

on Tuesday, 15 January 2019.

"I took my car in to get some minor work done on 12/17/18 because my car ended up being a "bystander" during a car accident that happened in front of my bf's house on 12/1/18. It was a minor hit but there was a big enough paint chip and misaligned body to really bug me. I have AAA as my car insurance and they sent me to this body shop. The people here are so nice and accommodating, not to mention... they have a kitty that seemed to have adopted everyone and he's been named Anderson, after the body shop name, lol.

My car was projected to be ready 1/8/19, but they ended up calling me last week to let me know that it is ready 12/21/18. I was so happy by the job well done to my Mazda3 to make it look like a brand new car again - the paint job done was amazing, the misaligned body is fixed. I'm amazed by the great job they've done.

Let's face it, a body shop that has a cat named after the body shop is awesome enough for me, lol. I highly recommend Anderson Behel Body Shop."

-Aarize D., Santa Clara, CA 

Porsche Unveils Car Made with Hemp

on Wednesday, 09 January 2019.

Porsche’s smoking hot new race car is the world’s first with bodywork built from hemp.

At Anderson Behel in Santa Clara, CA we are proud to be a Porsche certified shop. In order to work on these wold-class vehicles, we have the proper tools, equipment and training that Porsche requires. Not any collision repairer can fix Porsches, so keep that in mind if you own a Porsche and get into an accident now or in the future.

The 718 Cayman GT4 Clubsport features composite doors that use an organic fiber mix derived largely from hemp and flax that take the place of traditional carbon fiber to reinforce a polymer resin.

Porsche says the material is similar in weight and stiffness to a traditional carbon fiber composites and that the organic ingredients used are agricultural by-products, making it more environmentally friendly.

Porsche isn’t the first automaker with this sort of idea, however. Back in 1941 Henry Ford built a prototype with a body made entirely from plastic that reportedly used cellulose from hemp, wheat and soybeans in its construction, although the exact formula has been lost to history.

Along with the weight-reduction provided by the doors, the stripped-out Clubsport features a 425 hp 3.8-liter flat-six engine, 6-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission, racing seats, roll cage, fuel cell, racing brakes and suspension, plus additional equipment for track use. Two versions are being offered: a $150,000 Trackday model and a Competition version aimed at top-level racing that costs $175,000.

Porsche hasn’t indicated any plans to use the new material on a street legal production car, but its improved sustainability would further enhance the green image of its upcoming lineup of electric vehicles.

 

Anderson Behel is a Volvo Certified Body & Paint Service Center

on Wednesday, 02 January 2019.

Volvo takes pride in its exacting standards in both the cars they design and manufacture, and lives by its longstanding commitment to its core values: Quality, Safety and Environmental Care.

In the event that your Volvo requires body or collision repair, Anderson Behel is the right place to call. By working with us and our highly skilled body technicians, all of our Volvo customers can get that much-needed peace of mind as we meet all of the carmaker's certification standards.

To ensure that your Volvo is returned to its pre-accident condition, Volvo has established certification standards that body shops like Anderson Behel must meet to be approved.

Volvo's certification standards address four main areas: Facilities, Management, Competencies & Training, and Tools & Equipment. This means that if you take your vehicle to us as a Volvo Certified Body & Paint Service Center, all work will be performed to Volvo’s exacting standards by highly trained auto body repair technicians.

We Use OEM Volvo Parts

The structural integrity of your Volvo depends on the quality of every body part used. Volvo genuine safety components and systems are designed to interact to reduce the harmful effects of a collision. Plus, they offer superior fit and appearance and one of the best-limited warranties in the industry.

Every Volvo Certified Body & Paint Service Centers always recommends installing Volvo Genuine Parts so your Volvo will perform like it was designed to.

As a Volvo Certified Body & Paint Service Center, Anderson Behel features the following:

  • Vehicle recovery assistance
  • Liaison with insurance company
  • Expert inspection and evaluation
  • Facilitation of alternate transportation
  • Repairs performed to Volvo’s demanding standards
  • Trained Technicians
  • Special Tools & Equipment
  • Volvo Genuine Parts installed – covered by Volvo’s 24-Month Limited Warranty
  • Superior customer satisfaction.

About Anderson Behel

With today’s sophisticated cars, it’s more important than ever that your body shop be 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 and most recently a Porsche Collision Center. What does this mean? At Anderson Behel, we’ve invested in the finest training, equipment and tools to do an OE 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.

 

 

 

Some Great Christmas Poems

on Monday, 24 December 2018.

Happy Holidays to All Our Customers, Colleagues and Associates

We were going to write a Christmas poem for our blog, but after a few tries, we realized that we fix cars and don't know how to write poems. Enjoy these 3 Christmas poems that are from 3 amazing well-know poets and have a great Holiday Season!
 
“Christmas Bells” by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
I heard the bells on Christmas Day
Their old, familiar carols play,
And wild and sweet
The words repeat
Of peace on earth, good-will to men!
 
“Winter Time” by Robert Louis Stevenson
Late lies the wintry sun a-bed,  
A frosty, fiery sleepy-head;  
Blinks but an hour or two; and then,  
A blood-red orange, sets again.  
  
Before the stars have left the skies,
At morning in the dark I rise;  
And shivering in my nakedness,  
By the cold candle, bathe and dress.  
  
Close by the jolly fire I sit  
To warm my frozen bones a bit;
Or with a reindeer-sled, explore  
The colder countries round the door.  
  
When to go out, my nurse doth wrap  
Me in my comforter and cap;  
The cold wind burns my face, and blows
Its frosty pepper up my nose.  
  
Black are my steps on silver sod;  
Thick blows my frosty breath abroad;  
And tree and house, and hill and lake,  
Are frosted like a wedding-cake.
 
Twas the Night Before Christmas by Clement C. Moore
…And then, in a twinkling, I heard on the roof
The prancing and pawing of each little hoof.
As I drew in my head, and was turning around,
Down the chimney St. Nicholas came with a bound.
He was dressed all in fur, from his head to his foot,
And his clothes were all tarnished with ashes and soot.
A bundle of Toys he had flung on his back,
And he looked like a peddler, just opening his pack.
His eyes-how they twinkled! his dimples how merry!
His cheeks were like roses, his nose like a cherry!
His droll little mouth was drawn up like a bow,
And the beard of his chin was as white as the snow…
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