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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 Bankrate.com 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 Bankrate.com.)

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 Bankrate.com.

Sources: Bankrate.com, 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.

 

 

 

How to Start Your Car in Cold Weather Every Time

on Tuesday, 01 December 2020.

A vehicle that does not start during cold weather is always an anxious and stressful moment.  But, remember—the right information can help you to avoid this potentially dire situation.

Proper starting procedures should be performed in order to prevent exhausting your vehicle’s battery. At Anderson Behel in Santa Clara, CA we know that it all begins by performing regular and ongoing maintenance and upkeep.

Proper Maintenance To-Do List

1.) Ensure that you’re using the correct oil. Automotive experts recommend 5W-20 for year-round use, so make sure that you get an oil that will withstand freezing temperatures.

2.) Check your battery regularly. When was the very last time that your battery was tested by your mechanic or local parts store? Battery cells have an average lifespan of 3-4 years. They can conduct a speed test that will quickly tell you whether your battery is weak and dying and might need replacement. The alternator must also be checked if it’s properly charging your car battery.

  1. ) Don’t ever be afraid of assistance if you need it. Your check engine will light up if your ignition system encounters problems. You might not notice any changes, but ignition problems may get worse during the cold season.

Troubleshooting Your Vehicle During Colder Weather

  1. ) Electrical accessories must always be turned off when you’re not using them. One way to troubleshoot a dead car battery during the cold weather is to make certain that everything is turned off. Turning these devices off will give your engine more opportunities to charge your battery and keep it strong in the long run.
  2. ) Your clutch must be dipped. Another way to do this is to dip your clutch slightly while you’re starting the car. It reduces the battery workload and gives the engine power to crank even when its near freezing point.

3.) Battery leads should be cleaned and tightened. Check your battery cables and see if there are any signs of corrosion. Clean the battery and free it from rust and corrosion build-up. Wear protective clothing before doing the clean-up. After cleaning the battery from corrosion, check if the cables are tightened.

4.) Engine oil should be topped off. One cause of a hard starting is when your car is low on engine oil. With a cold weather temperature, the little engine oil will inevitably have the engine struggle in the start-up. Check your oil level through its dipstick. Top up your engine oil if it’s low before you try to start it again.

Sources: AARP and Youtube

Safety Tips for Thanksgiving Driving

on Monday, 23 November 2020.

There will be a lot fewer Americans hitting the road to visit friends and families to celebrate Thanksgiving this year. At Anderson Behel in Santa Clara, CA we want all of our customers, business partners, friends, employees, and colleagues to be safe during these uncertain times. So, here are 8 tips for better driving during Turkey Day or any major holiday.  

  1. Vehicle Readiness: The first safe driving tip for road travel this Thanksgiving is to make sure your car or vehicle for the trip is in top condition and ready for the trip. Fuel up; check all the fluid levels in your car such as oil level, automatic transmission fluid level, Brake fluid, Radiator fluid levels, and window washer fluid level. Check your tire pressure levels. Clean your windscreen sometimes frost may accumulate on your windows at this time of the year. Don’t drive during extremely bad weather conditions.
  2. Pack some snacks and supplies: If you have small children you definitely need enough snacks for the trip. To keep them entertained and less of a distraction for the driver, pack some DVD or CDs Pack some bottled water, and an emergency first-aid kit. Include a flashlight just in case, and depending on the part of the country you will be traveling to you may want to listen to the weather forecast. Some parts of the country may already be experiencing cold weather, so pack a blanket just in case.
  3. Check vehicle Load Capacity: Check the load capacity of your vehicle. In most vehicles, it is written on the inside frame of the driver's door. Make sure you do not overload your vehicle. A rough way to figure out the weight of your packed luggage and supplies is to weigh them and add that to the weight of all the passengers.
  4. Use a GPS Navigation System: Most Phones now have a GPS navigator; use such device to track your route. The GPS will guide you through a good route, and will warn you about road traffic conditions and possible accidents ahead, and also show you the nearest gas stations, and restaurants along the way.
  5. Secure Your Pets: If you are traveling with a pet have your pets secured with harnesses or inside an animal cage. Animals often cause much distraction for the driver. Making sure all your pets are secured one way or another will help the driver focus more on driving.
  6. Use Seat belts: All passengers in your vehicle including the driver must use seat belts for safety. It is also the law in most if not all states in the United States. Young children must be safely secured in their child restraint seats and securely belted in line with age requirements.
  7. Obey All Traffic Signs: One of the most important Driving tips for Thanksgiving travel is for the driver to obey all road traffic signs, you need lots of patience for Thanksgiving driving, many more cars would be on the road so you should expect some delays at some point of the trip. Avoid excessive speeding it is one of the major causes of road accidents on highways and interstates.
  8. Avoid Distractions: Texting and driving is as dangerous as drunk driving. Talking on the Phone and driving don’t mix either, some states have banned it and others can only allow you to talk with a hands-free device. For your safety and the safety of your passengers and other road users, please practice safe driving this Thanksgiving and have a great Turkey Dinner with family and friends!

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: AARP and AAA

 

 

 

 

 

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