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Superior Auto Body your Trusted Saskatoon Auto Body Expert give some great tips on How To Reduce Glare When Driving At Night

Superior Auto Body has been in business since 1961, and SGI accredited since 1982... There are many reasons they have so many loyal longstanding clients from all over the city, but mostly it is the small, personal touches that they offer to people who have been unfortunate enough to require their services. They offer newer model courtesy cars and vans for their clients..and to help out they will actually pick up your vehicle and take it to your SGI appointment for you and deliver the courtesy car to you at home... Superior take pride in their workmanship... as they always say, "When we get through it's just like new".

They are your Trusted Saskatoon Auto Body Experts!

Here they share great tips on How to Reduce Glare when Driving at Night:

Driving at night can be a daunting task for new or even experienced drivers; the highest crash rates occur at nighttime (6:00PM - 6:00AM). Additionally, traffic fatality rates are three to four times higher at night than during the daytime.  The danger arises from the fact that vision is severely limited (low lights decrease depth perception and peripheral vision and cause the pupils to dilate, often blurring vision), glare from the headlights of other vehicles can temporarily blind you, and it is more likely that people may be driving under the influence or be tired. Glare is particularly invasive since it can cause temporary blindness, dizziness, and confusion.

Fortunately, there are several ways to reduce and handle glare through use of specific techniques, strategies, and equipment. 

 

STEPS:

1. Clean the windshield, windows, and glass surfaces. This includes the car's mirrors. Any streaks, road grime, or smudges on the glass refract light. Also clean the inside of the windshield, because plastic chemicals can slowly build up on the glass. If you have any glasses or contact lenses, make sure they are absolutely clean and scratch-free. Scratched and dirty lenses make glare worse. Clean the wiper blades using a paper towel and windshield washer fluid to remove the grime and oxidized rubber from the edge of the blade. This helps prevent streaks. If there are still streaks, it is probable that you will need to get new blades. If there are any chips or cracks in your windshield, have them repaired immediately.

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2. Clean the car's headlights. Even small amounts of dirt on the lamp can reduce the light output by half and restrict your ability to see and be seen. This is especially true if you have HID (High Intensity Discharge) lights, because dirt diffuses the light from the lamp, causing glare that can be blinding to other drivers. If/when you have an annual inspection or you have a check-up at a dealer, car mechanic, or repair shop, have your headlights aligned. At least half of vehicles on the road have an improperly aimed headlight and sometimes even both are misaligned. Properly aligned headlights will not only help you see better, and will also avoid casting glare on other drivers. Older vehicles can improve headlight illumination/transmission efficiency by lapping or polishing the exterior of the headlights. As a result of exposure to road dirt, sand and road debris, the exterior of the headlights can become crazed, pitted and dull. Most auto parts suppliers carry a "lapping/polishing compound" specifically designed for headlight exteriors.

 

3. Adjust the car mirrors properly. The American Automobile Association (AAA) recommends this method for setting your mirrors: Lean to the left and rest your head against the window and adjust the driver side mirror so that you can just see the left rear corner of your vehicle. Then, lean to the right to the center of the vehicle and adjust your passenger side mirror until the right rear corner of the vehicle is just visible. This mirror setting reduces glare, blind spots, and makes it easier to identify vehicles on the side and rear. (Of course, if you are in a country where you must drive on the left side of the road - reverse the above directions.)  

 

4. Have your vision checked regularly. According to the American Optometric Association, everyone under age 60 should have an eye exam at least every 2 years, and annually after the age of 60. [2] The older you are, the more sensitive your eyes become, but medical conditions associated with your eyes can also severely amplify the problem. If identified early, you may be able to get effective treatment.

  • Almost one in three drivers reports difficulty seeing when driving at night.[3] Raise any specific concerns you have with your eye specialist.
  • Check regularly that your prescription glasses or contact lenses are up-to-date. Your eye specialist can help confirm this for you. 

 

5. Avoid looking directly at the headlights of oncoming traffic. Instead, look down and to the right. You should be able to gaze at the white line on the side of the road or where the pavement meets the shoulder. Use the right side of the road for tracking your lane instead of the left side. You will still be able to see other vehicles with your peripheral vision but the glare won't bother you as much.

 

6. Flip the rearview mirror. You can change the mirror to its night setting by flipping a small lever at the bottom of the mirror. Lights will still appear in the glass but they will appear much dimmer and therefore not be as bothersome.

 

7. Take frequent breaks if you're driving at night for long periods of time. Having a break reduces fatigue and gives your eyes recovery time. You should also take a short nap or a brisk walk to keep alert. 

Find Superior Autobody Online at http://www.superiorautobodysk.com/  or go to their listing in AUTO BODY here, or Go visit them at Ave Q South ... they are on THE Saskatoon directory of excellence ..they are your Saskatoon Auto Body experts!

 

Superior Autobody your Saskatoon Autobody expert give some great tips to follow in the first few months of your new finish's life!

Superior Auto Body has been in business since 1961, and SGI accredited since 1982... There are many reasons they have so many loyal longstanding clients from all over the city, but mostly it is the small, personal touches that they offer to people who have been unfortunate enough to require their services. They offer newer model courtesy cars and vans for their clients..and to help out they will actually pick up your vehicle and take it to your SGI appointment for you and deliver the courtesy car to you at home... Superior take pride in their workmanship... as they always say, "When we get through it's just like new".

They are your Trusted Saskatoon Auto Body Experts!

Here they recommend that you follow these simple precautions in the first few months of your new finish's life:

In the first 90 days...

Do not wax or polish the vehicle - this will allow the finish to dry and harden completely. (Do not use silicone containing waxes or polishes.)

In the first 30 days...

Do not use a commercial car wash. Stiff brushes or sponges could mar the finish and damage the surface. Wash the vehicle by hand with cool water and a very mild wash solution. Be sure to use a soft cloth or sponge.

 

Wash the vehicle in the shade - never in the sun. (Never use Dish Soap)

Do not dry wipe the vehicle - always use clean water. Dry wiping could scratch the finish.

Do not park under trees which drop sap or near factories with heavy smoke fallout. Sap or industrial fallout mar or spot a freshly painted surface.

Do not spill gasoline, oil, antifreeze, transmission fluid or windshield solvent on the new finish. If you do...immediately rinse off with water. Do not wipe.

Do not scrape ice or snow from the surface. Your snow scraper can act like a paint scraper if the finish is new. Brush off the loose material with a soft snow brush.

Because of the acid content in bird droppings, you should wash it off as soon as possible. It will damage the fresh paint job.

 

Find Superior Autobody Online at http://www.superiorautobodysk.com/  or go to their listing in AUTO BODY here, or Go visit them at Ave Q South ... they are on THE Saskatoon directory of excellence ..they are your Saskatoon Auto Body experts!

 

Speedy Collision your Trusted Saskatoon Auto Body experts share a tip - Small but frequent snowfall leads to crashes according to climatologist

What can you expect when you deal with the professionals at Speedy Collision Auto Body Saskatoon? More than you thought! 

First, expect big cost savings! 

You can also expect Seamless quality repairs! A faster tunraround for your vehicle (on average 25% faster!!) & Assistance dealing with insurance! 

You'll find quality at every price point - from a few hundred dollars to a thousand or more. It's up to you.Trusted Saskatoon Auto Body experts in collision repair and auto paint!  

Here Maaco shares a tip on why there is lengthy waiting lists:

 

A rash of collisions that has led to lengthy waiting lists at Saskatoon auto body shops could be caused by the amount of snow that has fallen, says a senior climatologist with Environment Canada.

'Our speeds are increased and so therefore we see more and more accidents.'- David Phillips, senior climatologist at Environment Canada

It hasn't snowed much, David Phillips said, but the number of snowfall days is significant. Parts of Saskatchewan have seen 1/3 less snow than last year, but it has snowed 17 days in November and December. That's one more snowfall day than last year.

When you get a large snowfall, Phillips said, people tend to slow down and drive with caution.

"Now take the other kind of scenario," he said. "You just get a little bit of snow, a skiff of snow — one cm here, two cm there — we drive at summer speeds. It's like there's no risk, you know, we just see a little skiff, a dusting of snow. Our speeds are increased and so therefore we see more and more accidents. So sometimes we need to be reminded of the season we're in and big dumps of snow do that."

The Saskatoon police traffic unit said they have seen a four per cent increase in collisions since last year. As of December 19, there were 500 more collisions than there were at the same time last year.

Phillips also said the cold air would cause more black ice on the surface of streets. The City of Saskatoon has been reminding drivers to slow down because the extreme cold can lead to icy road conditions, especially at temperatures when sand and salt doesn't stick.

Hundreds of people on auto body shop waiting list

Val Welygan is seeing the results, whether the weather is causing the collisions or not. The co-owner of Novakoski Quality Collision is booked up for a few weeks.

"It would be in the hundreds of people and most shops we talked to -- all other body shops -- most shops are in the hundreds of people waiting to get into their businesses," she said, adding that her shop can get through 35 cars per week.

"Our guys work really hard, long hours, trying to get everybody back on the road as soon as possible"

Doug Giordano, manager at Speedy Collision Repair and Auto Painting, said his crew plans to work through the Christmas holidays to manage the demand for auto body work.

"I love it," Giordano said. "I look outside, this morning it was snowing, I am smiling. I hear a car accident and it puts a smile on my face. I know it shouldn't but it does."

Debra Newnham said she expects to wait at least five weeks for parts for her banged-up Mitsubishi. She hit a curb to avoid smashing into a car on icy roads earlier this month.

"There's nothing I could have changed," Newnham said. "Icy conditions are icy conditions. And it is not like I didn't see it happening. My quickest reaction was to try and avoid the rear end."

 

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Superior Autobody your Saskatoon Autobody expert give some great Winter driving tips to help avoid an accident!

Superior Auto Body has been in business since 1961, and SGI accredited since 1982... There are many reasons they have so many loyal longstanding clients from all over the city, but mostly it is the small, personal touches that they offer to people who have been unfortunate enough to require their services. They offer newer model courtesy cars and vans for their clients..and to help out they will actually pick up your vehicle and take it to your SGI appointment for you and deliver the courtesy car to you at home... Superior take pride in their workmanship... as they always say, "When we get through it's just like new".

They are your Trusted Saskatoon Auto Body Experts

 

While Superior Auto Body Saskatoon appreciate your business, we know it's never fun to get into a collision in the first place.

So here are some great Smart Winter driving tips to help you get to where you're going safely.

  

Driving in Snow and Ice.

The best advice for driving in bad winter weather is not to drive at all, if you can avoid it. Don't go out until the snow plows and sanding trucks have had a chance to do their work, and allow yourself extra time to reach your destination. If you must drive in snowy conditions, make sure your car is prepared, and that you know how to handle road conditions. It's helpful to practice winter driving techniques in a snowy, open parking lot, so you're familiar with how your car handles. Consult your owner's manual for tips specific to your vehicle.

Driving safely on icy roads

1. Decrease your speed and leave yourself plenty of room to stop. You should allow at least three times more space than usual between you and the car in front of you.

2. Brake gently to avoid skidding. If your wheels start to lock up, ease off the brake.

3. Turn on your lights to increase your visibility to other motorists.

4. Keep your lights and windshield clean.

5. Use low gears to keep traction, especially on hills.

6. Don't use cruise control or overdrive on icy roads.

7. Be especially careful on bridges, overpasses and infrequently traveled roads, which will freeze first. Even at temperatures above freezing, if the conditions are wet, you might encounter ice in shady areas or on exposed roadways like bridges.

8. Don't pass snow plows and sanding trucks. The drivers have limited visibility, and you're likely to find the road in front of them worse than the road behind.

9. Don't assume your vehicle can handle all conditions. Even four-wheel and front-wheel drive vehicles can encounter trouble on winter roads.

Even the experts sometimes strugle on ice!

 

If your rear wheels skid...

1. Take your foot off the accelerator.

2. Steer in the direction you want the front wheels to go. If your rear wheels are sliding left, steer left. If they're sliding right, steer right.

3. If your rear wheels start sliding the other way as you recover, ease the steering wheel toward that side. You might have to steer left and right a few times to get your vehicle completely under control.

4. If you have standard brakes, pump them gently.

5. If you have anti-lock brakes (ABS), do not pump the brakes. Apply steady pressure to the brakes. You will feel the brakes pulse — this is normal.

If your front wheels skid...

1. Take your foot off the gas and shift to neutral, but don't try to steer immediately.

2. As the wheels skid sideways, they will slow the vehicle and traction will return. As it does, steer in the direction you want to go. Then put the transmission in "drive" or release the clutch, and accelerate gently.

If you get stuck...

1. Do not spin your wheels. This will only dig you in deeper.

2. Turn your wheels from side to side a few times to push snow out of the way.

3. Use a light touch on the gas, to ease your car out.

4. Use a shovel to clear snow away from the wheels and the underside of the car.

5. Pour sand, kitty litter, gravel or salt in the path of the wheels, to help get traction.

6. Try rocking the vehicle. (Check your owner's manual first — it can damage the transmission on some vehicles.) Shift from forward to reverse, and back again. Each time you're in gear, give a light touch on the gas until the vehicle gets going.

 

 

 

 

Find Superior Autobody Online at http://www.superiorautobodysk.com/  or go to their listing in AUTO BODY here, or Go visit them at Ave Q South ... they are on THE Saskatoon directory of excellence ..they are your Saskatoon Auto Body experts!

 

Superior Auto Body your Trusted Saskatoon Auto Body expert give some great Driving Tips to help avoid an accident!

Superior Auto Body has been in business since 1961, and SGI accredited since 1982... There are many reasons they have so many loyal longstanding clients from all over the city, but mostly it is the small, personal touches that they offer to people who have been unfortunate enough to require their services. They offer newer model courtesy cars and vans for their clients..and to help out they will actually pick up your vehicle and take it to your SGI appointment for you and deliver the courtesy car to you at home... Superior take pride in their workmanship... as they always say, "When we get through it's just like new".

 

While Superior Auto Body Saskatoon appreciate your business, we know it's never fun to get into a collision in the first place. So here are some great Smart Driving tips to help you get to where you're going safely. 

 

 

•Stay out of the way. Give aggressive drivers plenty of room to get around you.

•Drive defensively. Do not assume other drivers will follow traffic rules.

•Do not insist on your right-of-way if another driver is challenging you.

•Give a tailgater an opportunity to pass you by changing lanes.

•Be alert to those who are putting on makeup, talking on car phones, reading, eating or otherwise not paying attention to driving.

•Give cars room to merge ahead of you.

•Follow these tips to avoid rude or aggressive driving tendencies yourself.

•Don't make eye contact with an aggressive driver.

•Don't use obscene gestures.

•Use your horn sparingly.

•Don't block the passing lane.

•Don't switch lanes without signaling.

•Avoid blocking the right-hand turn lane.

•Do not tailgate.

•Don't get distracted by the car phone.

•Don't play the radio excessively loudly.

•Allow plenty of time for your trip.

•Driving is transportation, not competition. Want to compete? Find a racetrack.

•Be courteous, even when other drivers are not. Retaliating won't get you where you're going any sooner. Don't assume the other driver is out to antagonize you; he or she may just be in a hurry, too.

•It's not your job to teach others to drive. If, for example, you block a speeding car to slow it down, you might be inviting trouble. Leave law enforcement to the police.

•Make time good instead of making good time. If it takes 25 minutes to get to work, why leave yourself only 15? Leave earlier and don't play beat the clock. If driving makes you impatient, play music or listen to a book on tape to pass the time.

 

Find Superior Autobody Online at http://www.superiorautobodysk.com/  or go to their listing in AUTO BODY here, or Go visit them at Ave Q South ... they are on THE Saskatoon directory of excellence ..they are your Saskatoon Auto Body experts!

 

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