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Distracted Driving is A Dangerous and Crazy Game

on Saturday, 18 July 2020.

In an age of multitasking, drivers have turned their cars into offices, chat rooms, and cafeterias. What happened to the old days when a car was simply a car? It’s not at all unusual to see a distracted driver on their way to work munching on a breakfast sandwich, using their cell phone, and changing the radio stations while weaving in and out of traffic. Every once in awhile, you might see a guy shaving or a woman applying her makeup on the freeway. We’ve seen it so many times here at Anderson Behel in Santa Clara, CA that it no longer shocks us, to be honest.

This type of distracted driving is a sure-fire recipe for a costly and, possibly, deadly accident. If safety is foremost in your mind, there are certain, commonsense practices you should avoid doing while driving your car. Here are some “distracted driving” practices to stay away from.

A Car or a Beauty Salon?

Unfortunately, some people wake up too late in the morning and don’t have enough time to primp and preen before they leave the house. So, their rearview mirror serves double duty as a makeup mirror while they dutifully apply their requisite coats of Great Lash mascara. Some people apply their entire face while driving from home to work each morning. If you want to avoid a major accident, get up ten minutes earlier and fix your face before you leave the house.

A Car or an Office?

Cell phones certainly make life easier, sometimes too easy. What did people do before they had these handheld marvels of technology? Probably had fewer accidents. Not only are you distracted when you lower your head to dial the number, but it’s easy to become so absorbed in the conversation that you miss traffic signs and lights or forget to brake and slam into the car in front of you. Even more concerning is the use of text messaging while driving. One study showed that people using handheld devices while driving are just as impaired as those driving drunk, yet cell phones are still legal. Makes you wonder.

A Car or a Restaurant?

Sure, everyone needs to eat, but not when they’re driving. It’s highly unlikely a person will be able to react quickly when they’re holding a Big Mac in one hand and the steering wheel in the other. Not only is eating while driving a risk to life and limb, but it’s also bad for digestion.

A Car or a Library?

 Yes, believe it or not, there are people who read while driving. Would it surprise you to learn that forty percent of people engage in some form of reading or writing while cruising around town? Anything from making lists to reading a magazine for pleasure was noted when in-car video cameras were used to see what people did in their cars. Do yourself a favor and get an audiobook to keep you stimulated when you’re on the road.

Let Your Car Be a Car!

The bottom line? When you’re driving, focus on the task at hand. Distracted driving can not only raise your insurance rates but could be a quick ticket to the hospital or worse. Don’t take chances when you’re behind the wheel by concentrating on the most important thing you can do--the safe operation of a large motorized hunk of steel (or aluminum) out there on the road. As a responsible citizen and driver, you have an obligation to be safe, so that you can live a good long life and remain as a valuable customer at Anderson Behel, a company that truly cares.

Sources: USA Today and CNN

Do You Own a Classic Car: The Different Stages of Restoring Classic Vehicles

on Thursday, 09 July 2020.

Are you into American muscle cars, foreign high-end exotics, or something in between? Depending on the type of classic vehicle you want to restore and what level of restoration you wish to achieve, here are the dos and don’ts of restoring a classic car.

Here Anderso Behel in Santa Clara, CA we are delighted to share this list of the basic levels of vehicle restoration to consider when you restore your classic car. It all depends on your goals surrounding your particular budget and purpose. Will your car be for show only, or will you drive it regularly? Do you want it to be all original or add new technology?

The Pros and Cons of Going 100% Original:  If you plan to drive your classic car on even a semi-regular basis, it needs to adhere to today’s legal standards and regulations, which might require you to use modified parts, modern technology, and/or pay a visit to a professional if only to have your automobile examined for safety.

Go with Existing Parts Whenever Possible:  You should not have to replace every part of your classic vehicle! Some damaged parts and components can be cleaned and hopefully repaired. Authentic reproduction parts can be costly or completely unavailable, so consider refurbishments and repairs to save significant money and time.

It is All About Every Detail:  The little details can make all the difference in the world! Whether you want to upgrade the car or use new technology as opposed to going for that 100% old-school, don’t ignore the little things.

Using OEM vs. Aftermarket Replacement Parts: Just like with today’s new vehicles, most classic cars can be repaired and restored with parts made by the original carmaker or those manufactured by other OEMs.

It’s Not a DIY Project:  Whether your classic restoration car is a family project or if you are looking to get it done quickly so that you can go for a ride—do not think that you have to restore your classic vehicle yourself. Tools, time, and learning how to perform safe repairs can all be a significant investment, so do not be afraid to get help from a professional restoration company or a master technician.

Maintenance is Key:  Every classic car, new or old, will require proper maintenance to stay in tip-top condition. Do your research online or ask your local repair shop about how often you need to do things such as changing the oil, rotate the tires, and check for some serious repairs on your classic car after it has been restored.

Restoring a classic vehicle can be a huge investment in time and money, so develop a game plan and get experts to help you when needed.

Sources: MotorWeek and Hemmings Motor News

Top Five Fourth of July Songs

on Saturday, 04 July 2020.

1.) America - Neil Diamond

From the god-awful soundtrack to the god-awful movie The Jazz Singer, "Coming to America" is Neil Diamond at his overblown best. When Neil breaks into "My Country Tis of Thee," listeners will either get goosebumps or waves of nausea

2.) Indoor Fireworks - Elvis Costello

The explosions at the heart of this great song have nothing to do with the 4th, but the passion and emotion in Costello's voice is still a marvel.

3.) Fourth of July - Dave Alvin

Robert Earl Keen does a killer version of this roots-rock classic, but Alvin's original is a powerful song that incorporates the holiday into a tale of a relationship going sour

4.) Born in the USA - Bruce Springsteen

The Boss wrote this anthem of independence and respect for all the right reasons. Many people picked this #1, but it made #4 on our list. 

5.) America the Beautiful - Ray Charles

The legendary Ray Charles tackles a patriotic warhorse and turns into a true expression of the freedom and selflessness that makes American great.

Sources: Dallas Morning News and Entertainment Tonight

Happy 4th of July from all of us at Anderson Behel, the finest body shop in the USA! 

How to Handle a Collision with an Uninsured Driver

on Wednesday, 24 June 2020.

Ideally, and according to the law, every driver in the United States would be insured. Unfortunately, this is not always the case. Unfortunately, uninsured and underinsured drivers are on the roads, and you have no way of knowing when you’ll come across one.

At Anderson Behel in Santa Clara, CA, we are happy to share helpful informative articles with our friends, customers, associates and business partners.

What is an underinsured driver?

An uninsured driver is one who is on the road without auto insurance. An underinsured driver, however, is one that has insurance, but the limit isn’t high enough to cover the damage caused in an accident.

Every insurance policy comes with a limit to what the insurance company will cover, and individuals can choose the limit they want for their policy. But, if a driver is in an accident with an expensive car or a collision that causes a lot of costly damage, the limit may not be high enough.

How do I handle a collision with an underinsured driver?

The basics of a collision with an underinsured driver are the same as an accident with any other driver.

● Make sure you and your passengers are okay,

● Check on the driver and passengers in the other vehicle,

● If the other driver is leaving the scene, make sure to get as much information from them as possible.

● Call the police and ask if they have any requests before they arrive,

● Request an ambulance,

● Take photos of the scene,

● If possible, move the vehicles out of the way of traffic,

● Wait for the police to arrive and make an accident report,

● Contact your insurance company and your collision repair technician to take care of your car and make a claim.

The main difference between an accident with an underinsured driver and an adequately insured driver is that you’ll need to see if your insurance company will cover the costs that the other driver and his or her insurance company is unable to pay.

Do I have to pay?

Whether or not your insurance company will pay for the costs associated with your accident depend on your insurance policy. Many insurance companies offer uninsured or underinsured motorist coverage, so that when you are in an accident with an underinsured motorist, your policy is intended to cover the costs, up to your limit.

Sources: AAA and AARP

Protect Your Car’s Paint with these Smart Tips

on Thursday, 18 June 2020.

By thinking ahead, doing what you’re told, and going for the gold, you can protect and preserve your vehicle’s paint job for many, many years to come. If you’re proud of your vehicle’s sparkling finish, things such as grime, debris, salt, sand and snow should frighten you.

Whether you’re not aware of it or not, your vehicle’s paint will face year-round drama big-time. According to Autoblog, a vehicle with faded paint and a dingy look sells for 10-20% less for the same vehicle that just looks cleaner.

Start with a nice thick coat of wax, then be on the lookout for these common scenarios that can harm your car’s paint, brought to you by Anderson Behel in Santa Clara, CA:

Stay Away from Trees: Trees may provide shade, but they also produce sap and can drop twigs or branches on your vehicle on a super windy day. Your best defense is to make certain that the paint is properly waxed. If you find sticky tree sap on your paint anywhere, get some bug and tar remover from your car parts store to completely dissolve it. Then, be sure to rinse and wax the area again to remove any and all residue that still remains.

Another Hazard from Above: Without sharing the physics and biology surrounding the topic of bird droppings and how they react with paint, you can just trust us that it can wreak some major havoc. When a fowl mistakes your vehicle for a large portable commode, the smartest thing you can do is remove it promptly. A wet cloth will usually do the job, but be certain to wipe with a lifting motion so that you won’t grind it into the paint.

Someone with A Nasty Sense of Humor: Using your finger as a writing utensil to draw “Wash Me Please” in dirt isn’t as harmless as you think. Dirt and grime can act as sandpaper when dragged across your vehicle’s paint, leaving the writer’s message behind permanently and the owner a little upset.

Insects Go Splat: Bugs and other flying objects hitting your windshield on the highway is really gross, but it is also relatively harmless. Have your car washed on a semi-regular basis, and for the most stubborn insects, use bug and tar remover as soon as you possibly can.

Washing Your Vehicle: We’ve suggested washing your vehicle frequently, but be sure to do so vehicle fully. Using dirty sponges or towels can actually do more harm than good. Some older automatic vehicle washes still use abrasive brushes rather than a soft cloth, which can scratch the paint. Another safe bet is a “touchless” vehicle wash that uses high pressure water jets to clean your car.

Sources: Autoblog and AARP

How Worn-Out Tires Can Cause Havoc in Your Life

on Wednesday, 10 June 2020.

Regardless of what the road conditions may be, worn out or damaged tires present a serious problem.

It is not surprising that driving on a set of worn tires is potentially very dangerous and can lead you into a crash or fender bender sooner rather than later. Tire treads are a critical factor in maintaining the correct amount of traction required to keep your car on the road and deal with rain, hail or snow, so once a tire goes bald, you are going to run the risk of not being able to properly control your automobile.

Today at Anderson Behel in Santa Clara, CA, we are going to break down these five risks you run when you decide to drive with worn-out tires.

1.) Hydroplaning

Hydroplaning is always a major risk and happens when there is a thin layer of water between your tires and the roadway. A high-quality well-designed tire has the proper grooves that can channel some of the water away from the tire and avert hydroplaning. But if you do not have enough treads, you may increase your chances of hydroplaning and putting yourself in a perilous situation.

2.) Difficulty in Weather

Most tires on the market are not outfitted for snow specifically and, if you live in a region that gets copious amounts of snow, you might want to consider installing winter tires nonetheless. Regardless, even a standard tire with decent treads is going to perform well in snowy conditions compared to tires that are worn down.

3.) Heat

Whenever you drive, you are creating friction between your tire and the roadway. If you create too much heat, you could blow your tire out and cause a collision. Treads help to help cool tires down by enabling air to flow through the small grooves and, since bald tires do not have those same grooves, you might run the risk of heat damaging your tires.

4.) Loss of Air Pressure

Losing air pressure will make tires much more dangerous to drive on. Maintaining the proper air pressure is a maintenance-related task that must be dealt with on a regular basis or when your air pressure light comes on. any If you have bald tires, you are going to have to refill them more often. The tragic combination of under-inflation and worn treads can pose a genuine danger.

5.) Blowouts

At high speeds blowouts can be fatal. While treads are not going to shield your tires completely from nails or other sharp objects, they can add a layer of resistance and prevent a blowout or at least delay one.

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.

Sources: Consumer Report and DMV.org

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