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New App Lets Folks Tattle on Naughty Texters

on Friday, 19 October 2018.

Let's get it out of the way—texting and driving is bad. At Anderson Behel in Santa Clara, CA we are fairly confident that accidents caused by texting happen often here in Silicon Valley. Texting has become so bad, in fact, that a new startup is encouraging those on the road around you to pick up their phones, assuming they're a passenger, and submit a short video clip of your wrongdoings to it for cash.

Text to Ticket is a newer startup based out of San Francisco, California. It was formed when a group of friends were crossing the street and were nearly hit by a car who was distracted by their phone and nearly ended their life. After several days of debate, the group decided to build a platform to help protect other individuals from cars on the road.

Its goal is to simply cut down on tasks that constitute "distracted driving", mainly (but definitely not limited to) texting while driving, by the use of a new mobile app that earns everyone involved—except for the distracted driver—a little bit of cash. The entire idea of the platform revolves around other people on the road using the app while in the passenger seat of a moving vehicle. The user captures a short video of the distracted driver and uploads it to Text to Ticket, the video is reviewed and submitted to police, and then the user receives a monetary reward for ousting the offender.

There are a few stipulations to the video which is submitted in order for the user to get paid. First, the driver must clearly be using their cell phone, so both the driver and the phone would have to be clearly shown. Next, the car's license plate would also have to be captured without cutting from the first clip. This is to ensure that someone doesn't take a video of an individual and falsely stitch together another clip of a different car. The location, speed, and distance recorded, are all included in the information gathered by the app and bundled into report sent to Text to Ticket. Lastly, the video is then reviewed by a panel to ensure it is admissible to law enforcement based on the standards the company sets forth.

Once the video is approved, the user is paid $5 by Text to Ticket. But where does the organization get the money to pay you? The company works closely with law enforcement across the country. A police officer will review and approve the footage, then issue a citation to the registered owner of the car. It seems that the company will receive a referral payment for the video, and then will pass a bit of the cash onto the user for capturing it—all at the expense of the driver.

It's important to note that a lot of questions and concerns arise from this model. Ethics aside, the state must also agree to work with the agency by proxy. Much like how a defendant can't face their accuser when a speed camera takes a photo of their car speeding down the road, the driver of the car in the video won't be summoning you into court. The company states that the officer who issues the citation would be responsible for fighting the ticket based on the evidence that he or she reviewed. The platform also explicitly prohibits drivers from filming, likely to circumvent distracted driving or a potential lawsuit. But when filming a potential violation turns into road rage or an accident, it's not far-fetched to predict a lawsuit to be brought to someone's table.

Steve McQueen's Bulitt Mustang Reappears

on Tuesday, 09 October 2018.

Five decades ago after it tore through the streets of San Francisco in one of film's greatest ever car chases, Steve McQueen's original 1968 Highland Green Ford Mustang Fastback from Bulitt has reappeared in unlikely circumstances.

Believed to be lost to either time or the scrap heap, the car was actually bought by Robert Kiernan, a New Jersey insurance executive and Mustang fan, who, in 1974, paid $6,000 (about $30,000 in today's money) for a car that his wife used as a daily driver for years.

According to Vanity Fair, the Kiernan family added more than 30,000 miles to the car's odometer, before mechanical issues and wear and tear forced it into storage in the early Eighties.

McQueen was said to be so enamored with the model that he repeatedly tried to buy it back from the family, but to no avail.

According to Robert Kiernan's son, Sean, McQueen contacted his father in 1977 in the hopes that he could force a sale. "Dad had owned the car for three years at that point", Sean told VF. "And he got a phone call from Steve asking about the car, how it was, if he’d changed anything on it. And McQueen said, 'I would really like to buy it if there’s not too much involved with it. I’ll replace it with a similar, like kind of car. As long it’s not a crazy amount of money', but dad declined. He said, 'Thanks, but no thanks.'

And that, as they say, was that. Robert Kiernan died in 2014 and McQueen never did get his Mustang, but the story does have a happy ending.

To celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Bulitt Mustang, Ford unveiled a special, 2018 edition of the car, complete with original paint job. Sean Kiernan even presented the car alongside McQueen's granddaughter, Molly McQueen at the Detroit Motorshow.

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, 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 these 5 leading brands.

Source: Vanity and SF Gate

Be Safe on Halloween with these Helpful Tips

on Monday, 01 October 2018.


Make sure your children have a truly happy Halloween with these easy Halloween safety tips from all of us at Anderson Behel in Santa Clara, CA 

While Halloween is all about candy, costumes, and fun, Halloween can also bring its own set of dangers.   Make sure your child has the best Halloween possible by taking the necessary safety precautions.  Read on to learn the most important Halloween safety tips for your child.

Trick-or-Treating Safety
One of the most important things to remember is to never let your child trick-or-treat alone.  Accompany younger kids on their quest for candy and make sure older kids go out with a group of friends you know and trust.  Additionally, ask your child to stay in familiar neighborhoods and remind him or her that they should never enter someone’s home or accept a ride from a stranger.  Warn your child against taking shortcuts through backyards, alleys, or parks and make sure they know not to dart out into traffic.  Finally, make sure your child carries a phone with them so they can maintain contact or dial emergency services if necessary.

Candy Safety
Once your child returns from trick-or-treating, take the time to inspect their candy haul before they dig in.  Look for any unwrapped, unlabeled, or homemade treats and discard them.  Additionally, throw away any other goodies that strike you as suspicious.  You should also attempt to limit your child’s candy intake.  Though your kid may protest, do what you need to in order to avoid any unnecessary tummy aches.

Safety doesn’t need to take the fun out of Halloween.  Follow these easy Halloween safety tips to make sure your child has a great time all Halloween long.  Remember, another great way to keep all your loved ones safe this Halloween is to make sure they have the right insurance coverage.  

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, 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 these 5 leading brands.

 

Source: SaveKids.com and NHTSA 

How to Drive Safely During the Rainy Season

on Thursday, 20 September 2018.

The rain is coming down hard and even though your windshield wipers are on high, you can't see! It's a scary moment and anyone who has been driving for any period of time has encountered this scenario more than once. At Anderson Behel, we see many accidents in Santa Clara, CA caused by extreme rain and people driving recklessly, so here are some helpful tips to consider.

In addition to the limited visibility that comes with heavy rain storms, drivers need to be careful to protect themselves against serious factors things like hydroplaning.  Hydroplaning can occur when a vehicle is traveling at an unsafe rate in serious rain conditions, causing the car's tires to glide on a thin layer of water as opposed to adhering to the surface of the road or highway. Every time this takes place, it puts you in a perilous space, because hydroplaning will instantaneously make steering and braking exceedingly difficult and could even lead to you losing complete control of your vehicle.

 Follow these directives to stay safe and in one piece while driving in intense rain:

  1. Slow Down...Now: Driving at a slow speed is the ideal way to keep your car from hydroplaning. When it comes to hydroplaning, speed is your #1 enemy, so take your foot off the gas a little bit to keep four tires on the road. Also keep in mind that one of the most hazardous times to drive is immediately after it begins to rain, as oil on the road make for slick conditions. If you can avoid rushing to your destination while it's raining, you will get there without drama--safe and hopefully dry.
  2. Keep Your Lights On: Illuminate your headlights on to enable other vehicles see you more clearly. Most states mandate the use of headlights during rain and in broad daylight as well. It's a smart thing to do, because it is likely that if you're having issues seeing, other drivers are experiencing the same problem.
  3. Give Other Cars Some Space: Add a few yards between your car and never tailgate in the rain, which gives you and the vehicles in front and behind you ample time to react to traffic in time. It seems like a very dangerous move, but people tailgate in heavy rain all the time with dire results.

In conclusion, take a deep breath and drive prudently and you will be all right. Put simply, don't speed or tailgate ever and especially never in the rain and you will make it through to the next storm!

Sources: AARP, DMV.org and Yahoo

Dog Savers in California are Canine Super Heroes

on Sunday, 16 September 2018.

A new California law states that if you’re concerned about a vehicle-bound animal, and can’t find the owner, it's legal for you to break into the vehicle to rescue the dog or cat, but only if you call the authorities first. You have to wait with the dog until an authority (animal control, police, fire department, law or 911 emergency service) to arrives at the scene for a reasonable amount of time. But, if the situation looks dire and the animal is in danger, you can break that window without facing criminal charges.

At Anderson Behel in Santa Clara, CA we love our pets and we often hear about awful stories where people have accidentally left their animals in hot cars here in the South Bay. So, that is why we wanted to share this intriguing blog with you.

The understanding of this law is that if you go through the proper steps, you’re in the clear and protected from both civil and criminal liabilities that exempt you from having to pay for things such as property damage or trespassing. But, unfortunately, there are several gray areas with this new law and in some cases, it is confusing people more than anything else. Some people in the media have weighed in and stated that if you’re a person of color, a police officer or even a bystander, people might not realize that you’re trying to save an animal and that's where the problems could arise.

The sole intention of the law is to protect the animals. As animal activists and advocates remind people every summer, it takes simply 15 minutes for a hot animal to suffer serious brain damage. Recently, the police arrested a woman in Ontario, CA after a dead dog was found in the back of a her vehicle and another distressed dog and cat were rescued.

The whole point is that you can’t be over zealous and just break someone’s window without reason. The animal has to be in danger of dying, and that is the purpose of the law, designed to significantly reduce the number of instances when an animal is left in a car.

"We don't want a bunch of deputized dog savers trolling around in parking lots breaking windows," Bill Salmon, animal activist in Los Angeles said. "This is a good law and it will save animals' lives, but I believe it needs to be further defined to be even more effective."

Sources: LA Times, CNN and San Diego Tribune

He Really, Really Likes Us

on Monday, 10 September 2018.


At Anderson Behel in Santa Clara, CA our business is built on customer service, so whenever we get a great review like this one we are obviously thrilled!

"Needed some work done on my side mirror and checked this place out after having a not so pleasant experience somewhere else.
This place is great! The staff are courteous and professional. They provided a detailed estimate and guided me on the process through and through. After the part came in, it took two days for the paint job to be done. Came in early morning the next day for installation and it took less than 20 minutes. Quicker than I expected. Totally recommend this place!"

-Row D., Santa Clara, CA 

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