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True Porsche Fans Attend Porsche Sport Driving School

on Saturday, 23 January 2021.

If you've ever driven a Porsche, you know that these vehicles are the closest things to racing cars available in the consumer world. People started falling in love with this luxury brand when Porsche produced its first vehicle back in 1948. At Anderson Behel, we are a certified Porsche shop, so we love Porsches, and every time we see one racing along the roads here in Santa Clara, CA we also get a thrill.

People who own a Porsche talk about the rush they get every time they jump in behind the wheel, so 18 years ago, the carmaker started creating the Porsche Sport Driving School in Birmingham, Alabama at Barber Motorsports Park, with a sophisticated program that is designed to help Porsche owners to get the full use of these incredible cars.

At the Porsche Sport Driving School, Porsche owners can learn how to drive by getting top instruction and practicing on a track. By working with professional drivers, Porsche owners can hone their driving skills, step-by-step, with a focus on safety and common sense. From vehicle control all the way to apply for their own racing licenses, the Porsche Sport Driving School enables Porsche owners to become world-class drivers if they choose.

At the Porsche Sport Driving School, the carmaker offers a top-notch, state-of-the-art facility, incredible cars, and the most highly-skilled and experienced instructors available anywhere. They can drive their own Porsches or use one of the fleet that is available to every student at the Porsche Sport Driving School.

 The driving programs featured at the Porsche Sport Driving School are comprehensive and ideal for Porsche lovers who are looking for a visceral Porsche driving experience. The track is their classroom and after spending only 60 minutes in the morning discussing theory and strategy, students hit the track for the rest of the day.

The Porsche Sport Driving School gives its students full access on the astonishing Barber Motorsports road course for a bucket list experience.  Featuring both advanced and beginner level classes, most students start off with their choice of a one-day precision driving program or their two-day performance driving program. Both introductory courses provide an in-depth look into the many high-performance capabilities of a Porsche while acutely testing and continually developing each driver's individual skills and abilities.  

So, if you have a few bucks laying around and love Porsches, why not take a class or two at the Sport Driving School in Birmingham, Alabama at Barber Motorsports Park.

Sources: Porsche Sport Driving School PR, Drive and Japolik

The Steel vs. Aluminum Debate

on Friday, 15 January 2021.

For many years now, the old argument about steel vs. aluminum has been a popular topic amongst car people, and especially more recently with Chevy’s latest ad campaign that demonstrates the differences between steel and aluminum by dropping huge loads on Chevy and Ford truck beds.

Here is a comprehensive list of the main differences between steel as opposed to aluminum car bodies, provided by Anderson Behel in Santa Clara, CA As aluminum has become more and more prevalent in cars and we can see it every day in Santa Clara, CA we feel that this blog is both informational and timely.

In Chevrolet's campaign for steel vs. aluminum, the carmaker compares the Silverado’s advanced high-strength steel (AHHS) bed to a Ford’s truck bed. The use of AHHS in Chevrolet models and in a wide range of other brands like Kia and Volkswagen, utilizes a thinner sheet of steel to be used than previously resulting a lightweight model with high safety ratings.

Aluminum cars like Fords and Land Rovers offer drivers the myriad benefits of aluminum bodies and the claim to being the “material of choice” in the automotive design industry of the future.

Benefits of Steel

Easy to shape. With new and innovative processes for forming steel for today's vehicle models, steel has become easier to work with than aluminum.

Simple to repair. By and large, steel is less costly to repair and can often be fixed through spot welding.

Simple to recycle. Both aluminum and steel are equally recyclable, but steel is much easier to handle throughout the entire recycling procedure.

Much stronger than aluminum. Newer vehicles now have sophisticated advanced high-strength steel components, which are considerably stronger than conventional steel and aluminum.

Benefits of Aluminum

More lightweight. Vehicles constructed with aluminum have been traditionally lighter, thereby offering drivers drastically improved fuel economy ratings.

Infinitely recyclable. Aluminum is easy and inexpensive to recycle and that's why carmakers like the green aspect of the substance.

Better for the environment. Aluminum has lower carbon emissions resulting in a less severe impact on the planet, making it greener than high-strength steel across the board.

As car manufacturers further aggressively develop aluminum and high-strength steel (AHHS) and incorporate them into many of their new designs, we will see new and exciting uses that will enhance their strength and durability over time. Either way, either steel or aluminum are here to stay as we enter an age of new, high-tech cars, whether they are EVs, hybrids or even autonomous vehicles.

Sources: Wikipedia, Forbes and eBay Motors


What are the Worst and Best States to Drive In?

on Tuesday, 05 January 2021.

We know at Anderson Behl that driving can sometimes be a real chore and we do encounter our fair share of bad traffic and serious congestion here in the Bay Area too. But, if you drive in California, you're living through the very worst conditions available. And on the other hand, driving in Iowa provides the best motoring experience the country can offer.

If you're a driver in California, you're already familiar with high state taxes, backed-up traffic and smog and now you can now add another designation for the Golden State--the worst place in the U.S. to be a driver, according to a new study. With long commutes, an explosion in car break-ins and high insurance costs to cover it all--California fails its driving test in almost every category!

On the other end of the range, Iowa is reportedly the best state for car owners overall, according to study that studied six different factors, including the cost of fuel, insurance costs, car break-ins and auto-related deaths. By weighing each category equally, Iowa was able to come out #1.

Will this mean that more people will move to Iowa based on these results? That is not likely, because the states with the most traffic congestion are highly-populated for a reason. People want to live in California and New York and that's why they are lousy places to drive in.  

Here are the reasons for these very different ratings:

Driving conditions: California commuters average approximately 26 minutes one-way, compared to Iowa's comparatively short 19-minute drive. (New York has the most stressful average commute at roughly 33 minutes, according to

Costs: Insurance costs a whole lot more in California than it does in Iowa, where you will find some of the lowest average premiums in the nation. Repairs are also more pricey in the Golden State according to data from CarMD, averaging $895 in California compared to $637 in Iowa.

Crime: California has the country's highest auto theft rate, with 437 cars stolen for every 100,000 residents. In Iowa, a mere 139 vehicles were stolen per every 100,000 people, while Vermont has the lowest theft rate with just 28.4 vehicles stolen per each 100,000.

Safety: Iowa and California are pretty much the same when it comes to driving deaths, with about one fatal accident per 100 million miles driven. Massachusetts is by far the safest state in which to drive, while South Carolina is the most deadly in the U.S., according to

Sources:, CarMD, Forbes

Holiday Season Driving Tips

on Thursday, 24 December 2020.

In the United States, motor vehicle crashes are a leading cause of death for people aged 1‒54,1 and more than 36,000 people were killed in crashes in 2018.

However, motor vehicle crash deaths and injuries can be prevented. Buckle up, drive sober, and stay safe on the road during the holiday season.

So, here are some tips from all of us at Anderson Behel in Santa Clara, CA about how to drive safely during the holidays.

Safety Tips for All Drivers

Do not drive when you are impaired by alcohol and/or drugs and do not allow your family members or friends to drive while impaired. In 2018, alcohol-impaired driving contributed to more than 10,500 crash deaths.3 If you drink alcohol and/or use drugs, you should designate a sober driver, call a taxi, or use a ride share service.

Avoid distractions while driving, such as using your cell phone to text, email, or access social media. Sending or reading a text takes your eyes off the road for at least five seconds. At 55 miles per hour, that is like driving the length of an entire football field with your eyes closed. You cannot drive safely unless the task of driving has your full attention.

Check the weather conditions before you head out on the road. Make sure to drive at a speed that is safe for road and weather conditions.

Child Passenger Safety Tips

Motor vehicle crashes are a leading cause of death among children,1 but you can make a difference by making sure kids are properly buckled on every ride. Protect yourself and your children and keep the holiday season injury-free.

Buckle children in age- and size-appropriate car seats, booster seats, and seat belts, which reduce the risk for injury in a car crash by up to 80 percent.

Children are safest when car seats and booster seats are used correctly. Buckle children the right way in the right seat and learn how to avoid the most common mistakes.

Bulky/puffy coats should not be used underneath a car seat harness. Bulky clothing makes it difficult to tighten a car seat harness properly. A loose harness is dangerous and can lead to serious injuries or even ejection from the car seat in a crash.

Instead, properly buckle the harness first. Then, place a coat or blanket over the buckled child. This will not interfere with the harness and will still keep the child warm. For more information, you can visit the Winter Car Seat Safety Tips webpage on the American Academy of Pediatrics’ (AAP) website for parents.

Remember that children aged 12 and under should be properly buckled in the back seat of the vehicle.

Set a good example by always using a seat belt yourself.

Teen Driver Safety Tips

If you have a teen driver in your family, take advantage of safe teen driving resources.

 Did you know the leading causes of teen crashes and injuries include driver inexperience, driving with teen passengers, nighttime driving, and not using seat belts?

Discuss the rules of the road with your teen. Consider creating a Parent-Teen Driving Agreement that puts the rules in writing so that limits and expectations are clear.

Know your state’s laws. All states have graduated driver licensing (GDL) systems, which help ensure teens can build driving skills under lower-risk conditions.

Get in some supervised driving time with your teen over the holidays while he/she is not in school. Practicing driving under your supervision in different kinds of weather is helpful for providing your teen with valuable driving experience in varied conditions (when the weather is not too severe or dangerous).

Require your teen to buckle up in every seating position and on every trip. Set a good example by doing the same. Using seat belts can reduce the risk of death or serious injury in a crash by about half.

Older Adult Driver Safety Tips

Driving helps older adults stay mobile and independent. However, the risk of being injured or killed in a motor vehicle crash increases as people age. Thankfully, if you are an older adult driver, there are steps you can take to stay safe on the road.

Ask your doctor or pharmacist to review medicines—both prescription and over-the-counter—to reduce side effects and interactions that could affect your ability to drive.

Have your eyes checked by an eye doctor at least once a year. Wear glasses and corrective lenses as directed.

Plan your route before you drive.

Find the safest route with well-lit streets, intersections with left-turn signals, and easy parking.

Sources: CDC and AAA

The 3 Most Common Types of Accidents to Avoid

on Monday, 14 December 2020.

Vehicle accidents are always an unwelcome fact of life for every driver out on the road. Each and every time you jump in behind the wheel, you can be in a collision. With the proper knowledge and knowing preventative measures, you can significantly reduce the likelihood that you’ll ever be involved in a fender bender.

To keep you safe out on the road, here is an overview from Anderson Behel in Santa Clara, CA that lists the three most common types of accidents/collisions that occur nationally:

Rear-End Collisions

Rear-end collisions are among the most common types of traffic accidents. A rear-end collision happens when a car fails to stop and collides with the trunk of the car in front of it. In most cases, rear-end collisions are caused by speeding and driver inattention. To reduce the overall risk of getting in a rear-end accident, it’s important to remain attentive to the roadway at all times.

“The main reason for rear-end collision is excessive speed, and that’s why many states are making penalties for speeding steeper,” NHTSA spokesperson Jesse Gonder said. “When you speed, your response time isn’t sufficient, and that’s why many drivers just can’t stop in time.

Parking Lot Fender Benders

Every day, accidents take place when a car hits another vehicle that is parked. In a very crowded or cramped parking lot, it’s important to pay attention to your surroundings as you drive. To help prevent a parking lot accident, it’s vital to find a parking spot that provides your vehicle with plenty of space.

“Small accidents in parking lots happen more than you could imagine,” Safety Expert Robert Arkin Howard said. “With new backup technology that consists of computers, cameras, and sensors, parking lot collisions should logically be fewer and fewer. But only time will tell.”

Weather-Related Crashes

Inclement weather, such as rain, hail heavy winds, or snow, can greatly increase the chances of a vehicle accident. For instance, rainy road conditions can cause a car to hydroplane and skid off the road. Whenever you’re driving in the rain, it’s always essential to reduce your speed and avoid rapid braking or accelerating.

“Too many people try to drive through bad weather, and that if often a formula for tragedy,” Victor Shaw from AAA said. “If the weather makes driving dangerous, get off the road. Life is too short, so take the safe and sane approach and use common sense to stay in one piece while operating a vehicle in inclement weather.”

Sources: AAA and NHTSA

Our New Celette TriOxyClean Unit Ensures Everyone’s Safety

on Friday, 04 December 2020.

To be certain that all of us here at Anderson Behel in Santa Clara, CA are keeping our valued customers safe during this pandemic, we use some of the highest quality, cutting-edge equipment to achieve that.

One of these is our Celette TriOxyClean unit that quickly and completely decomposes harmful volatile organic compounds inside the car, such as formaldehyde, ammonia, benzene, TVOC (Total volatile organic compounds), etc., deodorize unpleasant smells of cigarette smoke, alcohol, and food, effectively kill suspended bacteria and viruses, and protect passengers from cross-infection.

If you bring your car to Anderson Behel, rest assured that the repair will be thorough, up to factory standards, and safely.

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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