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Your Trusted Saskatoon auto repair experts tip on How to Properly Adjust Your Head Restraint

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Tip on How to Properly Adjust Your Head Restraint: 

Most people don't give head restraints a second thought when climbing into a car, and even fewer would count them as a safety feature. But think again. Head restraints don't just hinder rear visibility and give you a comfortable place to rest your head; they play an important role in protecting the head and neck in a crash and help prevent injuries like whiplash.

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Whiplash head and neck injuries most often occur in rear-end collisions and a National Highway Traffic Safety Administration study estimates that between 1988 and 1996 there were 805,581 whiplash injuries each year. When a car is hit from behind, it is pushed forward, causing the seatback to push against the occupant's torso and move the torso forward as well. As a result, an unsupported head lags behind the torso until its neck can catch up and then whip the head forward.

According to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, neck sprains and strains are the most frequently reported insurance claim injuries, and the agency puts the cost of these claims at around $8.8 billion each year, or 25 percent of the total dollars paid for all crash injuries combined.

"People can experience severe crashes with no neck injury if there is little or no movement of the head relative to the torso," IIHS said in a statement.

NHTSA began mandating head restraints in the front outboard seats of all new cars in 1969; it extended the mandate to pickups, vans and SUVs in 1991. Automakers are not required by law to include them in the backseat, however.

So, head restraints are in just about every car on the road today, but how do you make sure you're getting the most out of them? The following are tips on how to properly set and adjust your head restraint from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety:

Head restraints should be positioned high enough to support the head so as to minimize neck distortion.

Adjust the head restraint so that it's even with the top of your head. If it won't reach the top of your head, make it as high as it will go. For people on the short side, no adjustment from the lowest setting is needed. If it's higher than the top of your head in the unadjusted position, that's OK, too.

To minimize neck travel in an accident, the distance from the back of the head to the restraint should be as small as possible — preferably less than 4 inches. 

Adjusting your seat's recline angle could help shorten the distance between the head restraint and your head.


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Speedy Collision your Trusted Saskatoon Auto Body experts share a tip on What to do when you're involved in a Collision

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 Speedy Collision shares a tip on What to do when you are in a Collision: 

When experiencing a collision, sometimes life can become very stressful and overwhelming when you were least expecting it to. 


Sometimes they can occur when driving conditions are poor, such as when the roads are icy, when there is black ice present, and when there is a snowstorm, or when it is very windy.

When traffic collisions seem to happen so quickly, it can be hard to recall the details later. 


The most important thing to do in the case of a traffic collision is to remain calm, although sometimes this is a task that is easier said than done.If someone is hurt, if you think any other driver may be guilty of a Criminal Code offence, such as drunk driving, or if there is significant property damage, you must always call the police.

In the case of an accident, if no one is hurt please try to move your car to the side of the road where it will not obstruct traffic.If your car is not mobile, simply turn on your hazard lights, or use cones, flares, or warning triangles.

At the time that the collision occurs write down as much information as you can about the accident so that you don’t forget it when you are asked to repeat it later.When filing a claim with your local SGI insurance outlet, you will be asked at that time to recall details about the incident.While speaking with the other driver or drivers, if one or more was involved, write down their contact information, such as name, phone number, and address, as well as their insurance broker if applicable, and if there were any witnesses, write down their information as well.If you can, you may sketch the accident, noting the position and directions of the cars, or use a disposable camera if you have one.

Though it can be difficult and stressful being in a car accident, remember that these accidents can and do happen to anyone.Always be vigilant and watchful of unsafe road conditions, and do not drive if you do not feel comfortable doing so.If you are involved in a collision, please call SGI.Once SGI has done all the preliminary paperwork, Maaco can help you with all your collision repairs and needs.Please call us at Maaco Collision Repair and Auto Painting at 306-653-5655, or simply bring your car down to the shop at 659 51st St E and we’ll handle the concerns of your vehicle.We can’t prevent an accident, but we can make your vehicle look like one never happened.


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Speedy Collision your Trusted Saskatoon Auto Body experts share a tip on Icy Road Conditions

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 Speedy Collision shares a tip on Icy Road Conditions:

This time of year, road conditions-in Saskatoon and rural Saskatchewan-can be very icy and sometimes, it can even be tough to walk on the road without slipping and falling. Imagine what being on the road with a car is like! A car is both fragile and rugged. One wrong move on an icy road without the proper winter tires might have you in a fender-bender (or the ditch), but as well, a car must be winterized to survive in harsh winter weather conditions.

Driving on interchanges require extra-special attention and focus while driving, because these often get salted and sanded less frequently than other main roads. While driving on main roads, such as the downtown core, that are often frequented by pedestrians, take extra care and go slowly in these areas, as these are often the iciest of areas. Sometimes leaving a few minutes early for work in the morning will get you ahead of the morning traffic rush, but sometimes it’s also necessary, for driving slow on icy roads so you’re not in a collision.

When on an icy road, if you feel yourself start to skid, don’t brake and don’t panic. If it is slippery, make sure you pump your brakes, also called “threshold” braking, until you come to a complete stop. Trying to see where black ice is, which is invisible, can be hard to do, so please make an effort to drive slowly and carefully at all times. Remember that if you are in a collision to remain calm.Our next blog will be on what to do when you are in an accident, keep checking back for more great information. 

If you are in a collision, Speedy Collision Repair will look after all your and your car’s needs, during and after, with our Customer For Life program. Give us a call at (306) 653-5655 or visit us at, so that we can help you out and get you back on the road. Remember, we can’t prevent an accident, but we can make it like it never happened.


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Crestview Auto Service your TRUSTED SASKATOON AUTO REPAIR tip on the benefits of regular maintenance

Let's face it, most of us do not think about our vehicles until we run into a problem....and that problem may be a major inconvenience at best; an accident at worst. Having your vehicle serviced by people that you trust is an absolute must. Let Don and the highly trained technicians at Crestview Auto Service work with you to make sure your vehicle is ready for the road.

Crestview Auto Service is your Trusted Saskatoon Tire Expert and they also offer full Trusted Auto Service and Repair in Saskatoon

Here Don Klassen shares a tip on the benefits of properly maintaining a vehicle instead of replacing it every few years:


Have you ever thought of the money you spend maintaining your vehicle as an investment? Not many people do. When we sell or trade our present vehicle in for a new one we get very little compared to what the vehicle cost us in the first place. So how can we justify spending money on a car or truck when it looses so much of its value in just a few short years? Read on, I want to show you how you can literally save hundreds of thousands of dollars over a lifetime of driving. Most of us need our vehicle to get to work and back, take the kids to sports and piano lessons or visit family and friends. The money we spend keeping our vehicle fit for the road can seem to be a drain on the bank account and at times we only spend the money when problems get bad enough and the car won’t work right. At this point it costs more to make the repair than if we had serviced the car at the first sign of trouble. Better yet, would be having the car inspected and appropriate servicing done before we are inconvenienced with a break down.

Preventative maintenance is when we have a service schedule set out to inspect known wearing components on the vehicle and to routinely perform the needed servicing to extend the life of the vehicle. This keeps your car young a long time. It doesn’t ever feel old because it has been looked after.

Lets face it; car payments get old in a hurry. When we buy that new car we are excited and don’t mind having the $400 or $600 a month payment. The vehicle sales marketing has been talking about bi-weekly payments to make the amount you owe appear less. But a year after the payments start the car has lost more value than what we still owe on it. That’s no fun. Vehicle manufactures have gotten car payments out to 7 years (84 months) just so that you can afford the payment. Do you really want a car payment for the rest of your life? When we look at the vehicle purchase price and maintaining the vehicle, as “the cost of transportation” it shows that we can cut our cost of transportation substantially by keeping and properly maintaining the vehicle we have instead of replacing it every few years. It will still need to be replaced but not nearly as often and the savings can add up to hundreds of thousands of dollars.


Have a look at the chart below. Both people buy the same vehicle; the first person replaces the vehicle at 5 years and keeps the payment cycle going. The second person is on a preventative maintenance plan to “keep their car young” and keeps the vehicle for 15 years before replacing it. Look at the difference in the costs over 30 years. The person keeping and maintaining the vehicle for 15 years before replacement has a nice little “nest egg” set aside after 30 years of driving even with the increased cost of maintenance on the older vehicle.


Average Price of a vehicle in Canada 2012  $32,210.00  $32,210.00
Average monthly payment  $528.00  $528.00
Years you plan to own the vehicle 5 years 15 years
Number of years to calculate vehicle cost 30 years 30 years
Number of cars purchased 6 2
Total spent in car payments  $190,080.00  $63,360.00
Total spent on maintenance and repairs  $37,500.00  $52,500.00
Cost of transportation excluding fuel and insurance  $227,580.00  $115,860.00
Investing the difference in vehicle cost at 4% return will result in a savings of $0    $192,737.00


At Crestview Auto Service we want to help you  “Keep Your Car Young Along time”! 

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Glenwood Auto your Trusted Saskatoon Auto Repair & Service Expert Preparing an Emergency Kit for Your Car

At Glenwood Auto Service, they are committed to providing you exactly that. Your vehicle will be professionally diagnosed and top quality parts will be installed by technicians with years of experience that you can trust.

Glenwood Auto are Trusted Saskatoon Auto Repair & service experts 

Here they share a great tip on Preparing an Emergency Kit for Your Car:

Slippery or snow-covered roads, reduced visibility and bitter cold: these are all conditions that can make driving difficult and even dangerous during cold weather months. Winter also brings an increased risk of getting stuck in your car, so dress warmly before heading out.

Follow these tips to learn about winter driving risks and prepare an emergency kit for your car.

Exercise extra caution when driving in these winter road conditions:

  • Blizzards: The most dangerous of winter storms, combining falling, blowing and drifting snow, winds of at least 40 km/h, visibility less than one kilometre and temperatures below -10°C. They can last from a few hours to several days.
  • Heavy snowfall: Refers to snowfalls of at least 10 centimetres in 12 hours, or at least 15 centimetres in 24 hours; accumulation may be lower in temperate climates.
  • Freezing rain or drizzle: This can lead to ice storms, with ice covering roads, trees, power lines, etc.
  • Cold snap: Refers to temperatures that fall rapidly over a very short period of time, causing very icy conditions.
  • Winds: They create the conditions associated with blizzards, and cause blowing and drifting snow, reducing visibility and causing wind chill.
  • Black ice: Refers to a thin layer of ice on the road that can be difficult to see or can make the road look black and shiny. The road freezes more quickly in shaded areas, on bridges and on overpasses when it is cold. These areas remain frozen long after the sun has risen.
  • Slush: Wet snow can make for slushy roads. Heavy slush can build up in the wheel wells of your vehicle and can affect your ability to steer. Large trucks and buses can blow slush and snow onto your windshield, leading to a sudden loss of visibility.

Follow these tips if you are stuck in the snow:

  • Try to stay calm and don't go out in the cold. Stay in your car: you will avoid getting lost and your car is a safe shelter.
  • Don't tire yourself out. Shovelling in the intense cold can be deadly.
  • Let in fresh air by opening a window on the side sheltered from the wind.
  • Keep the engine off as much as possible. Be aware of carbon monoxide poisoning and make sure the exhaust pipe is not obstructed by snow.
  • If possible, use a candle placed inside a deep can instead of the car heater to warm up.
  • Turn on warning lights or set up road flares to make your car visible.
  • Turn on the ceiling light; leaving your headlights or hazard lights on for too long will drain the battery.
  • Move your hands, feet and arms to maintain circulation. Stay awake.
  • Keep an eye out for other cars and emergency responders. Try to keep clothing dry since wet clothing can lead to a dangerous loss of body heat.

Prepare an emergency car kit

Always have winter safety and emergency equipment in your car. A basic car kit should contain the following:

  • Food that won't spoil, such as energy bars
  • Water—plastic bottles that won't break if the water freezes (replace them every six months)
  • Blanket
  • Extra clothing and shoes or boots
  • First aid kit with seatbelt cutter
  • Small shovel, scraper and snowbrush
  • Candle in a deep can and matches
  • Wind‑up flashlight
  • Whistle—in case you need to attract attention
  • Roadmaps
  • Copy of your emergency plan

Items to keep in your trunk:

  • Sand, salt or cat litter (non-clumping)
  • Antifreeze and windshield washer fluid
  • Tow rope
  • Jumper cables
  • Fire extinguisher
  • Warning light or road flares

Print or download the Emergency Car Kit list. Cross items off the list as you put them in your car.

Follow us on Twitter for helpful tips on emergency preparedness: @Get_Prepared

To learn more about road safety and winter driving, visit Transport Canada.

These tips have been brought to you by Public Safety Canada, in cooperation with Transport Canada.


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