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Top Tips For Teen Drivers

June 8th, 2020 Posted by Autobody shop, Blog, tips No Comment yet

Ahem. Hey parents. We need a minute alone with the young adults in the family. You can come back later, but this Very Special Episode is just for them. If you don’t leave the room, they may not stop rolling their eyes long enough to read this whole article. We all want to prevent every possible teenage accident, right? So…bye Felicia. Old folks gone? Great. Let’s get to it.

Before you find yourself hashtagging #FML with an Instagram of your banged-up starter car, we’ve got a few pretty excellent tips on how to navigate your first years behind the wheel. Look, we know you’re a mature, responsible high schooler with just the one B-plus in Trigonometry and a part-time job at the local coffeeshop. But absolutely every driver is at-risk for accidents, especially less-experienced drivers. The last thing you need is another reason for your parents to lecture you, so we’re here to share the rookie mistakes you need to avoid.

Step 1: Get the right ride
Whether it’s a hand-me-down clunker, a junkyard rescue, or you’ve saved up enough holiday cash from Grandma over the last 15 birthdays to procure your own sweet ride, it’s vital to have a car you can rely on to be safe and dependable. Luckily there are plenty of smart people compiling safety ratings on the best car for teenagers and sharing their wisdom with the rest of us. So, before you settle on the car of your dreams, check the list to see if it also meets the top criteria for teen safety:

  1. Avoid High Horsepower
  2. Big, Heavy Car
  3. Electronic Stability Control (ESC)
  4. Great Safety Rating

Step 2: Put the phone down
It’s your direct connection to everything. Fine. But every text, like, comment or snap will still be there when you get to where you’re going. And, let’s be honest – if you let all the cyber-attention accumulate for more than six minutes, your double-digit notifications are going to really make you feel special when you finally sit down to review them all. The truth is this, though: Not only is it dangerous, it’s against the law. If you need to map your destination, plug in the coordinates before you ever turn the key and keep your hands free. There’s no text that’s ever important enough to risk your life. We can quote research about the average length of distraction and how that connects to increased risk all day long. But you’ve heard that all before. So, just do yourself a favor – turn the sounds off and set the phone down.

Step 3: Get smarter
Maybe the last thing you think you want to do is sit at another desk in another classroom. Voluntarily. But seriously, the last thing you actually want is to total your primary source of transportation because you just didn’t have the tools you needed to be a safer driver. So consider taking some accident prevention courses through the Virginia Insurance Department. You’ll be smarter, safer and heck, the potential discount on your car insurance ain’t half bad either.

Step 4: Slow down
When you’re on the road, it’s easy enough to recognize you’re cruising past the speed limit. It might be fun, but you know it’s not safe. But truly, more speed-related incidents occur where posted limits aren’t as obvious: parking lots and private property. They’re like a hornet’s nest of inattentive drivers, pedestrians and tightly packed obstacles.  All it takes a little bit of a lead foot to earn your first fender bender badge. And when it comes to parking lot accidents, there’s a high likelihood that a term called comparative negligence will rear its ugly head. All that means is that with nobody to blame, your insurance bill takes the hit.

Step 5: Stay focused
Whether it’s the radio dial, a cellphone, a car full of friends or hazardous visits from unexpected woodland creatures, a distracted teen driver is a dangerous teen driver. Focus on the road and ride solo as often as possible. Risk for accident increases considerably for every teen passenger in a car with a teen behind the wheel.

These tips are no guarantee you’ll be 100 percent safe in your first years of driving. But they’re a great place to start. Now, go tell your parents they can come back inside. It’s hot out there.

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Winter Car Care Tips From The Auto Body Shop

January 3rd, 2019 Posted by auto body paint, body shop, car paint, car paint maintenance, chesapeake body shop, portsmouth body shop, suffolk body shop, tips No Comment yet

The iceman cometh and your car’s body will suffer

As a body shop there is nothing like the look of someone’s face when there beloved truck, car or suv has been restored. It is a great feeling redoing the paint job or getting dents out after a wreck. And as much as we love to do it, we want you to avoid situations that can damage that paint or exterior.

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Bring on the Winter…

The Winter months pose a threat to that car body in a lot of different ways. Some are seemingly innocent. You go outside after a snowfall and your car is covered in powdery snow and ice. Naturally you go to remove the snow. Guess what, do it wrong and you can damage the paint.

Winter Deicing And Snow Removal Without Car Body Damage Tips

Here are pitfalls you want to avoid. If you deice or scrape your car wrong, you are going to look pretty scratched and dinged up come Spring. Here are some situations to avoid:

The Car Is Covered In Snow…

You come outside and your vehicle is covered in lots of puffy snow…So you grab the snow shovel to dust that car off. You may remove the snow but that shovel will scratch the paint. Shovels have sharp metal edges that can destroy your paint job.

The Solution:

Make sure to a get a tool that says it will not scratch your car or auto body paint. What is the point of removing snow if you cost yourself thousands in repairs. You could even use your hand but make sure to avoid things with sharp edges.

Not So Nice..Ice

Say you come out and your car has a layer of ice coating the doors, hood, and just about everywhere else. You grab the ice scraper tool and scrape the windows.. Once done you decide to use the scraper tool on the car body. But before you do keep in mind, it will damage the paint.

The Solution:

Scraper tools are designed for windows, not paint. A better way is to let the car heat up and let ice melt away  independently of the scraper tool. Then use your hands to pick pieces of ice away.

Salt: Double Threat

Salt can pose two big threats.  One, it can corrode your vehicle’s body if left there for a long time. Two, if you try to rub it off it can scratch and degrade your automobile’s finish.

The Solution: Wash It Off

When you can, wash that salt off and let the water remove it from the vehicle’s body


And when you need Auto body or car body work done..Come See Us At Mack’s. We can work with your insurance carrier.

And as always..Be Safe This Winter

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References

How to Protect Your Car from Snow and Ice Damage. (2015, December 8). Retrieved from https://www.angieslist.com/articles/how-protect-your-car-snow-and-ice-damage.htm

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Autobody Shop Advice

January 9th, 2018 Posted by brakes, chesapeake body shop, portsmouth body shop No Comment yet

As an Autobody Shop serving Chesapeake, Portsmouth, Suffolk, and Western Branch, part of our business is fixing cars that have faced some damage..a lot of damage. But we would rather you be free of repairs, breakdowns, accidents, and fender benders. Thus we have put together some pointers here to add to your repertoire of maintenance tips to keep you out of the body shop.

Auto Body Tips For Brakes

You tap the break dozens of times a day. So much so you may not even realize something could be going wrong. Brakes are something you want to keep your eye on. Yes, there are fail safes put into new cards by many auto manufacturers, but why take chances. Here are some things to be on the lookout for.

Hit The Brakes

If you notice the brake pedal is sticking or sinking, you need to get it checked out. Failure to do itcould get you or someone around hurt very badly. Beyond just costly autobody repair, your safety could be heavily in jeopardy.

Some other signs to watch out for are noises you know are not supposed to occur. Grinding, squeals, screeching, scratching,bouncing  and knocking are all signs something is not right. Call right away and get your local mechanic to check this out.

You would think I would not have to say this, but if you smell burning that can be a sign of friction and major brake damage and failure. As a general rule, there is not a“good” reason to smell burning with your automobile or any gas powered machine.

Don’t Ignore The Check Light

If you see a light come on for maintenance, do not ignore it. Get it checked out right away.

brake_inspection_suffolkBut why wait..?

Time is no friend of brakes. Have a regular maintenance schedule for you car and brakes. And always have your technician check the brake fluid when you get your oil change.

In Fact..If It Don’t Feel Right

Even if you take your car in and it is not for brake problems, the odds are real good what you thought was brake problems was some other part of auto system that was just as important.

Even Better..Have A Regular Maintenance Schedule

No one has ever regretted over inspecting their brakes. Make sure to have a copy of your recommended maintenance schedule for brakes and then put these in your calendar. If you have a digital calendar, even better. The time to think about braking is not when they are failing.

And If You Need Autobody Repair

Let us give you a quote at Macks. We work with insurance companies and take pride in our work

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