Friday, February 28, 2014

Don’t Get Caught in the Dreaded Yellow Light Trap!




Things happen quickly out on the road, so keeping your head on a swivel and being alert at all times is important. At Mike’s Auto Body, we always strive to provide safety information to our customers whenever we can. You’re in the middle of a multi-lane intersection regulated by traffic lights, looking for a gap in oncoming traffic to make a left turn. You entered the intersection on a green, but now the light has turned yellow. The opposing traffic must also have a yellow, so you figure they’re going to let you make your turn, you hit the gas pedal and – whack! You’ve just had a vehicle collision.

 If you’ve found yourself in this unfortunate situation it’s never pleasurable! You may have been the victim of the Yellow Light Trap, also known as the “Yellow Trap,” the “Lag Trap” and the “Left-Turn Trap!”And what is the main reason for this stressful predicament? Because the opposing traffic still had a green light, that’s why. Many of our city’s traffic lights aren’t correctly staggered, so it’s not due to bad driving, it’s more about lights that aren’t timed precisely.

The Yellow Light Trap is a danger that has only come to the attention of traffic engineers within the last few years. According to observers, the problem is the use of new, electronic traffic light equipment, which doesn’t leave many drivers enough time to make a left. If you believe some traffic websites, neither driver is at fault. But better than determining fault would be to avoid the peril in the first place. Here are some safety tips, courtesy of Mike’s Auto Body:

·         When waiting to make a left turn in an intersection with oncoming traffic, always assume that all the traffic that can will block your turn, regardless of the color of the light they’re looking at. That includes yellow- and red-light runners.

·         Only turn when you actually have a gap in oncoming traffic. If you entered the intersection before it turned red, in most states you have the right to complete your turn, which means crossing traffic must yield the right of way to you.

·         Avoid entering an intersection where you plan to make a left turn on a yellow light. This avoids the potential problem altogether, at least on that light sequence.

 
Fixing cars to their pre-accident condition since 1972, Mike Rose and his family has built Mike’s Auto Body into a 12-shop organization known for its honesty and integrity with an emphasis on exemplary customer service. With two locations in Concord and Walnut Creek and one in Lafayette, Pittsburg, Antioch, Brentwood, Richmond, Fairfield, Napa and now one in San Ramon, Mike’s Auto Body is known for being an outstanding business partner in every city where it serves the public. 

 

 

Thursday, February 20, 2014

2014 Car Safety Report


At Mike’s Auto Body, we always stay aware of trends and breaking news about car safety. Driving safely is still the #1 reason for fewer car accidents, but crashworthy vehicles also save a ton of lives every day. By concentrating on things such as occupant protection to reduce the number of fatal and serious injuries that occur in the United States each year, the carmakers are making all the right moves when it comes to safety.
By stepping up its research efforts and dramatically upgrading their test procedures for evaluating motor vehicle safety, car manufacturers are happy to say that Safety does not happen by accident! Crashworthiness research encompasses new and improved vehicle design, safety countermeasures and equipment to enhance occupant safety, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Association (NHTSA).

 Did you know that alternative fuel vehicles are more crashworthy than gas cars?
The NHTSA says alternative cars are now safer than ever, but there is still more testing required: Ensuring that alternative fuel vehicles attain a level of safety comparable to that of other vehicles requires extensive research, due to the many advanced and unique technologies that have previously not been tested in the transportation environment.

Did you also know that your kids are also safer in today’s newer cars, vans and trucks?

Child safety crashworthiness is at its all-time highest, due to new technologies, in-depth studies performed by carmakers and reports that illustrate the progress of child safety in the United States. In addition, the NHTSA has been vigilant in promoting child safety by devising regulatory actions, and sponsoring discussions about the issues regarding obstacles in the wide-spread use of booster seats.
Finally, your rear seat occupants are also safer today than ever before, according to the NHTSA:

 Front-row occupant protection in frontal crashes has benefited from recent developments in restraint performance and vehicle crashworthiness, which have been driven partly by manufacturers’ efforts to improve vehicle scores in consumer information tests. Occupants in the rear seat have not seen the same benefits their front seat counterparts. NHTSA is investigating different technologies to better understand the potential of these front seat technologies in the rear seat.
Fixing cars to their pre-accident condition since 1972, Mike Rose and his family has built Mike’s Auto Body into a 12-shop organization known for its honesty and integrity with an emphasis on exemplary customer service. With two locations in Concord and Walnut Creek and one in Lafayette, Pittsburg, Antioch, Brentwood, Richmond, Fairfield, Napa and now in San Ramon, Mike’s Auto Body is well-known for being an outstanding business partner in every city where it serves the public. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Wednesday, February 5, 2014

The Right Way for Cleaning Your Car


At Mike’s Auto Body, we use the finest paint (PPG) on the market and are proud to paint every vehicle with waterborne paint that is better for the environment and part of our comprehensive green approach. Once we’ve got your car back to pre-accident condition and your paint job looks spectacular, there will be a time when you will have to wash it or detail it. There are many ways to protect your car’s paint job, but if you don’t do the right things, you might be hurting—rather than helping—the situation.
Waxing

Wax has long been a way for car owners to protect the paint on their cars, but it has also been the source of a wide range of paint nightmares. It’s always important to apply any type of wax in the way it was meant to be applied, in order to prevent damage to the car’s paint. Look at the directions and adhere to the instructions with wax (or polish) and you’ll be okay.
If you want your paint to last and shine, then yes, waxing your car is important. It will help protect your car’s paint job from the elements and give it a lasting shine. It’s also a great way to seal the paint, and give it a protective coat, which will help to keep the paint from getting damaged.

There are many different types of car waxes, so you’ll need to choose one that is right for your car’s paint. Some of these waxes are sealants and each product has its own unique characteristics, so always do your homework.
When it comes to any type of wax, polish or cleaner, it’s all about the application sequence. Polishes and cleaners are made to be used before you wax your car, and it is imperative that wax only be used after using one of these products. If you apply anything on your car in the wrong order, you might just be in trouble. So know the products you apply to your car and do a little research (maybe online) before you buy them.

Protect Your Paint Job
There are a lot of things that you can do to protect you paint job. You may want to invest in the ideal tools to wash and wax your car. It will help to protect the paint job of a car and keep it looking awesome for many years to come.

At Mike’s Auto Body, we suggest that you should purchase mitts made out of cotton and especially designed for washing cars.  By using the proper tools, you won’t scratch the paint job, a #1 mistake many car owners commit.
You should also never use any type of soap to wash your car. There are special soaps manufactured for use on cars only and these are the products you should buy. NEVER wash your car with dish soap, laundry detergent or any type of cleaner with an abrasive, such as Ajax or Comet.

It’s also crucial to dry your vehicle completely after it has been thoroughly washed. This will help to keep water marks off of your paint and avoid those mineral marks on your paint job, so gently dry the car after it’s been washed each and every time.
Help Protect Your Paint from Damage Done by Washing

You just got an amazing paint job at Mike’s Auto Body, so make all the right moves when you’re washing or waxing the vehicle. If done properly and regularly, your car will look amazing for a long, long time!
Serving Contra Costa, Napa and Solano counties, Mike’s Auto Body is a second-generation 42-year-old family business that’s all about quality, safety and you!