Does Automatic Braking Reduce Collisions?

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Modern cars come with a full suite of safety technology which was unavailable just a decade ago. One such technology is automatic braking. While this addition certainly gives motorists peace of mind, we have to ask if it actually prevents auto collisions.

How Automatic Braking Works

Auto manufacturers introduced the first automatic braking systems in 2006. Most systems utilize sensors that detect when the vehicle is dangerously in close proximity to another car or object. If the driver fails to react, the brakes automatically engage. Other systems initiate an alarm that audibly warns you when you drive too close to another vehicle.

What the Study Shows

A three-year study from Virginia Tech revealed some eye-opening information regarding vehicle collisions. The findings show that 75% of collisions were due to driver error. Of those, 68% were due, in part, to driver distraction.

A separate study from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety revealed that automatic full-braking systems curbed rear-end collisions by 40%. Vehicles equipped with audible attention warning systems had 23% fewer collisions. Researchers speculated that collisions nationwide would drop by about 13% if all vehicles had some automatic braking system in place.

The Verdict

Automatic braking has our approval, though they’re not a substitute for alert driving. Through years of customer interaction, we’ve learned that the collision claim process can be extremely stressful. This applies even for collisions only resulting in minor auto paint damage. In addition, warranties often don’t cover collisions where you were at fault, which braking systems are designed to prevent. This makes automatic braking all the more relevant.

Avoid a Preventable Collision

Absolute Auto Body recommends any technology that improves road safety. If you’re replacing an older vehicle, we suggest a newer model with automatic braking as standard equipment. Automatic braking or not, come to us for repairs if a collision occurs.

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How to Prevent Auto Collisions with Cyclists

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Bicyclists account for roughly 2% of traffic fatalities, according to a 2015 report. While not a huge number, auto collisions with cyclists are on the rise. As drivers, our minds are not trained to watch for moving bicycles. Learn how to minimize an accident with a biker.

Check Before Turning

Most drivers know to scan for pedestrians before making a right turn. Do the same for cyclists because they tend to stay in the bike lane on the right. If making a left turn, you can avoid a collision by scanning for on-coming cyclists who need to cross the intersection. 

Check Blind Spots

Drivers are taught not to rely solely on the rear and side mirrors. You also need to turn your head to see behind you. So many drivers forget this and just quickly check the mirrors before making a turn or lane change. While you might be able to see a car in the mirror, a cyclist could be just out of sight. To avoid a collision with a cyclist, always look over your shoulder.

Don’t Accelerate

Some drivers accelerate when they see a bicyclist in order to pass by quickly. A cyclist in your rear, after all, is less worrisome than one in the front. However, maintain a slow and steady pace in case the cyclist makes a sudden move.

Change Your Outlook of Cyclists

You might find cyclists to be a nuisance. However, keep in mind they are far more vulnerable than you on the road. In a collision, you risk a dent or chip to the auto paint; they risk grave bodily injury. Remember, they have just as much right to be on the road as you.

Collision with Cyclists Is Completely Preventable

Occasionally, drivers come to Absolute Auto Body for minor repairs and other services after a mishap with a bicyclist. A collision with a cyclist is avoidable if you strictly maintain your road awareness.

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Can You Remove Rust From Your Car?

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Rust is a sign of old age. While this might have some aesthetic charm in some situations, it’s never a good thing on a car. Rust creates mechanical issues and lowers a vehicle’s value. Can you remove rust from your car, or are you doomed to live with the eyesore?

Types of Automotive Rust

Isn’t rust just rust? No, rust actually occurs in these three stages:

  • Surface rust: This is the first stage and manifests in the vehicle’s uppermost layer.
  • Scale rust: This is more serious because it exposes the car’s steel body. Scale rust drastically lowers steel’s tensile strength. This is common in coastal areas with high salt and humidity.
  • Penetrating rust: This is the most severe stage of rust formation in that it erodes steel to the point where holes form. Minor collisions that result in small cracks create enough exposure for penetrating rust to form. This is why we recommend collision repair even for minor panel damage.

Rust Removal

Contrary to what some people believe, you can’t just paint over the area. Our auto paint sector will not paint over blemishes without addressing the underlying issue.

With scale rust, we can use sandpaper or abrasion wheels. This removes the rust and exposes the shiny metal underneath. We can then paint over the area and restore its pristine appearance.

Once penetrating rust sets in, however, no amount of sanding will work. By this point, we need to replace the entire panel. Panel replacement is a complex process that requires additional sanding, primer application, and painting.

We Remove all Rust Types

Do you see visible signs of rust? Bring your vehicle to Absolute Auto Body. Our additional services include rust removal, even if penetrating rust has set in. Removing rust from your car not only restores aesthetics but also restores frame integrity.

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2019 New Year’s Driving Resolution

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Most New Year’s resolutions are related to health, money, and relationships. However, we recommend New Year’s driving resolution. If you stick to these, you’ll increase safety and minimize the risk of avoidable collisions

1. Stay Focused on Driving

400,000 collisions occur every year due to distracted driving. The number is on the rise due to mobile entertainment. This year, commit your full attention when behind the wheel. This means no talking on the phone, eating, or putting on makeup.

2. Refrain from Speeding

People these days seem to be in a rush to get somewhere. Speeding increases the odds of a collision, and it rarely saves you a significant amount of time. Going 20 MPH over the speed limit in a 10-mile trip only saves you about three minutes. Are three wee minutes worth the risk?

3. Get Acquainted with Car Safety Features

Modern cars these days have all sorts of high-tech safety features. Take the time to learn the ins and outs of these gizmos if you haven’t already done so. You never know when they could come in handy. This includes features that you might not use every day, such as blind spot assist and lane departure warning.

4. Stay in the Right Lane

Vehicles in the left-most lane are more likely to speed. Cars in the right lane are less likely to weave in and out between lanes at precariously high speeds. Keep in mind that staying in the left-most lane indefinitely is also illegal in some jurisdictions.

Commit to New Year’s Driving Resolutions in 2019

Fortunately, most collisions only result in auto paint damage and minimal bodily injury. Regardless of the extent of damage, bring your car to Absolute Auto Body for an assessment. Our gallery showcases our work at the shop. A New Year’s driving resolution minimizes odds of an avoidable fender bender.

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How to Identify Vehicle Frame Damage

frame damageMany car owners only bring their vehicle to a collision shop if they see obvious visual signs of damage. We advise a checkup from a technician even if you’ve been in a seemingly minor fender bender. The car may have incurred frame damage even if the surface appears unscathed.

Look out for these signs of non-visual frame damage:

Car Veers in One Direction

After a collision, pay attention to whether the car pulls to one side. If you need to turn the wheel to drive in a straight line, then you have a problem. This is usually an alignment issue but can also be a sign of frame damage.

Car Does the Crab Walk

A damaged frame may result in your car’s doing the “crab walk” while in motion. This occurs when the rear tires go in a different direction than the front tires. To determine if your car is crab walking, drive your car over wet pavement. Examine the tire tracks. If the tracks appear kind of zig-zag instead of straight, then you may have a compromised frame. Continue Reading →

Good Responses for a Road Rage Incident

road rage, road rage responseEverett is a fairly large city with busy highways. Tailgating and cutting drivers off are common occurrences. Most people are level-headed enough to let these infractions go. However, some people may respond with road rage and violence. What should you response be in such a precarious scenario?

Confronted by a Driver With Road Rage?

Most road rage incidents are fairly minor and result in horn honks, yelling, and explicit hand gestures. In this instance, do not engage with the angry driver; don’t even make eye contact. Often, this is enough to diffuse the situation.

What if the driver begins tailgating and following you? If you feel threatened, call 911. Do not pull over and attempt to resolve the issue with the raging driver. Continue to drive even if a minor collision occurs.

If the angry driver persists in following you, look for a police station or even a fire department. If those are unavailable, then pull into a busy parking lot. Remain inside your car until law enforcement arrives. Continue Reading →

How to Avoid a Parking Lot Collision

parking lot collisionHere’s a little-known fact: roughly 13% of auto collisions occur in a parking lot. Granted, parking lot collisions are often less severe; damages usually only result in a dent or scratched auto paint. Nevertheless, the tight space does make impacts commonplace.

How Parking Lot Collisions Occur

The following are the most common collision scenarios in a parking lot.

  • Two cars back into each other
  • One car pulls out and into the lane of a passing car
  • Two cars collide while competing for the same parking space
  • A car rear-ends the car ahead at a stop sign

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Safe Car Colors That Lower Collision Risk

safe car colorsChoosing the color of your car is purely an aesthetic choice, or is it? While a model’s safety rating is a huge factor, the color may also play a similar role. Some car colors are safe and just might prevent a fender bender. Your car’s auto paint may actually mitigate the odds of a collision.

How Car Color Impacts Safety

In most collisions, the driver at fault simply failed to see the other car. Visibility is the factor here. Studies show that certain car colors are involved in more collisions than others.

So, which car color create the greatest risk? According to studies, black vehicles are 12% more likely to be involved in an accident during day hours. The figure skyrockets to 47% at night.

Black tends to blend in with the environment. The same goes for other darker colors, such as brown and dark red, albeit to a lesser extent. Continue Reading →

What to Do in a Hit-and-Run Collision

hit and run collisionEvery now and then, we have a customer who comes for collision repairs after being in a hit-and-run collision. What exactly do you do in a hit-and-run collision when the other driver speeds away?

What Constitutes a Hit-and-Run?

An estimated 10% of all collisions are hit-and-runs. This type of collision usually involves two motorists, but one immediately flees the scene. However, if you flee the scene after hitting a stationary vehicle or other object, that also counts as hit-and-run.

What Do You Do After a Hit-and-Run Collision?

As with any accident, pull over when safe to do so. Call 911 if anyone requires medical assistance. Next, you will need to extensively document the scene. Take photos of the damage of your car from multiple angles. Write down the date, location, and approximate time of collision.

Retain as much detail as you can about the hit-and-run vehicle. Can you identify the model, color, or any numbers/letters on the license plate? What about the driver? If you saw the driver, can you provide a description to the police? Continue Reading →

Collision With an Uninsured Driver? What Do You Do?

uninsured driver collisionAn estimated 14% of motorists in the U.S. don’t have auto insurance. What do you do if you’re in a collision with an uninsured driver? Will your insurance cover you? To what extent is the uninsured driver liable?

What to Do When in a Collision With an Uninsured Driver

For the most part, you go through the same process in any auto collision scenario. First, find a safe location to pull over; then make sure all parties involved are okay. Call 911 if anyone requires medical assistance.

Take photos of both vehicles from multiple angles. Also, be sure to take a photograph of the other driver’s license plate. Next, call your insurance company to report the incident. You should also ask to see the other driver’s license. Keep in mind that the driver may not cooperate because driving without insurance will incur a penalty.

Be ready to describe the incident to law enforcement and the insurance company exactly as you remember it. Continue Reading →