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Trusted Saskatoon Collision Repair Pros at Superior Auto Body share information about Polymer Degradation Issues

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 Auto Body is a TRUSTED SASKATOON AUTO BODY shop…you will not regret choosing them! In this latest tip they talk about polymer degradation.  

WHAT ARE POLYMER PARTS?

Polymer Degradation Issues on wing mirror

A polymer is basically a part that is made up of a string of molecular components that are similar; in other words, plastic, rubber, vinyl, and the like.  When we talk about a vehicle, polymer parts are just about anything that isn’t made out of metal. If you take a look at your vehicle, you probably see polymer parts immediately.  Many polymer parts aren’t painted, they’re made out of polymer plastic designed to be that particular colour.  The trim around the doors is often a polymer.  There’s likely polymer in the grill, around the windows, and often much of the trim all the way around the vehicle.

In essence, a large part of your vehicle is made of polymers, and those polymers are subject to degradation over time. Unfortunately, Saskatchewan weather can speed that process up!

WHAT IS POLYMER DEGRADATION?


There are two basic ways that items break down.  Most of us are familiar with biodegrading material.  That is how organic matter decomposes.  Anything from paper to food scraps, to wood that isn’t maintained will biodegrade.  But man-made items like plastic and Styrofoam break down through a process called photodegrading.  That is, when they’re exposed to light, the components start to break apart and deteriorate. Polymers used on vehicles can degrade in a few other ways as well.  Exposure to air pollution, such as car exhaust, can cause them to degrade faster.  The same goes with dirt, road grime, and other pollutants that can get onto the polymers. When they degrade, they don’t rot in the sense that we think about food and other organic matter rotting.  Instead, they become brittle.  They may crack, fade, or chip.  They’re not as flexible as they once were, and they certainly aren’t as strong as before.

That fading is especially seen in black polymers.  They turn grey and often people mistake their degradation for having leftover wax that wasn’t buffed out.  That can be the case, but most often, it’s not wax.

cleaning your car prevents polymer degradationHOW CAN YOU PREVENT POLYMER DEGRADATION?

Here is the good news! If you take care of your vehicle, you can slow the polymer degradation as it comes along.  It’s all about taking great care of your vehicle.

  • Keeping your vehicle clean of dust, dirt, tar, and grime is the first step to making sure the polymer parts don’t fall apart faster than you hope.  We recommend regular washes, and make sure you have your vehicle detailed twice every year (at very least once per year!).
  • In addition to the detailing, you will want to use a product designed to protect polymers.  Don’t grab the cheapest cleaner you can find, those will often speed up the degradation rather than prevent it.

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Trusted Saskatoon Auto Body Shop Superior Auto Body Share 5 Driver Conditions Related To Accidents

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".


Superior Auto Body is a TRUSTED SASKATOON AUTO BODY shop…you will not regret choosing them!

CONSIDER THE 5 DRIVER CONDITIONS

Improving and maintaining a good attitude towards driving is a key component in enhancing the safety of our roads.

To qualify as a safe motor vehicle driver, you must not only respect the law but also understand the need for traffic regulations. All drivers must observe the laws and regulations, realizing that there may be other drivers who do not know or always obey these laws.

CONSIDER YOUR EMOTIONAL ATTITUDE

Certain conditions such as worry, anger or anxiety can upset you and distract you from driving. Safe driving demands your full attention at all times.Arguments at home, annoyance with other drivers and illness or financial problems are some of the things which can distract you from the important job of driving.

Safety demands your complete and constant attention to changing driving situations. You can’t control your vehicle if you’re not in control of yourself.

The 5 Driver conditions refers to your physical, mental and emotional fitness to drive. It is important because a driver in top physical, mental and emotional shape can adjust to all the other conditions and to the errors of other drivers as well.

WHAT MAKES A DRIVER UNFIT?

1. DISTRACTED DRIVING:

The greatest number of traffic collisions are caused by drivers not paying attention. Any driver is a potentially fatal hazard. Careful observation and visual scanning of the entire traffic scene ahead, behind and to either side must be part of your driving. Your eyes look at countless things you do not really see at all. Your mind concentrates on only a few details and excludes others. You see only the things your mind selects.

Normally, your eyes shift automatically about every two seconds as you drive – provided your attention is on the road. When you are preoccupied, however, this automatic eye shift does not occur. Only by conscious practice to force your eyes to move every two seconds, until it becomes a habit, can you avoid the serious danger of a blank stare in traffic when your mind is not on your driving. Most collisions occur near home and on familiar roads or highways that the driver fails to concentrate on seeing. A moment’s lack of attention behind the wheel – whether from poor scanning habits or common distractions such as cell phones, worry, daydreaming, impatience, tuning the radio, talking to a passenger or casually gazing at billboards and storefronts – can bring about a collision and possibly death.

Holding, viewing or manipulating a hand-held cell phone or mobile device is prohibited in Saskatchewan. Experienced drivers, who are no longer in the Graduated Driver Licensing (GDL) program, can use hands-free cellphones if they’re activated with voice commands or one-touch, and are dashboard, visor or cradle mounted.

 

2. DRINKING, DRUGS AND DRIVING:

In Canada, it is a Criminal Code offence to drive while under the influence of alcohol or drugs.

2016 facts about drinking and driving in Saskatchewan1:

  • A drinking driver is involved in four out of every 10 fatal collisions.
  • There is a drinking driver in one out of 7 collisions where someone is injured.
  • Of the 54 people killed, 35 were drivers, 10 were passengers and 9 were pedestrians.
  • Of the 54 people killed, 28 were killed on provincial highways, 14 on rural roads, six on urban streets and six on First Nations roads.
  • Those aged 25-34 are involved in the most alcohol-related collisions.

Alcohol and drugs affect everyone differently. Contributing factors for impairment include age, gender, physical condition, amount of food consumed, medication and other factors.

The brain functions first affected by alcohol or drug consumption are not only important to our ability to drive safely but are the same ones required to make rational decisions about not driving after drinking. For this reason, you must make the decision to separate drinking and drug use from driving. Make the necessary alternate transportation plans before your activities begin.

Prescription, over-the-counter, and illegal drugs affect your brain function. Some will directly affect your driving. Brain and body activity may be slowed, directly impacting a driver’s reaction time; vision may be blurred or doubled, or there may be inaccurate depth perception. Some drugs cause hallucinations, paranoia, disorientation, anxiety or over-confidence which may result in aggressive behaviours.

Many people think that driver impairment is caused exclusively by the ingestion of alcohol. However, if that person already has another drug in their system, the impairing effect on the functioning of the central nervous system (brain) is far greater than the impairing effect of the alcohol and the impairing effect of the other drugs combined; it is not a simple adding together of impairment, but rather a multiplier effect!

Do not drive while under the influence of any amount of alcohol or drugs.

The impaired driving legislation is applicable to impairment by alcohol, as well as impairment by any other drug.

For additional information on drinking, drugs and driving, please visit the Saskatchewan Driver’s Handbook.

3. FATIGUE:

Driving requires constant alertness. It’s tiring. Even if you’re just out driving for fun, fatigue can creep up on you before you know it. You become irritable. You make bad driving decisions. You take longer to react to changing conditions. When this happens, it’s time to take a break.

Extreme fatigue may lead to a dream state or to dozing behind the wheel. Your vehicle is not equipped with an automatic pilot control. So don’t drive when you’re dead-tired. You could end up dead.

In Canada, a driver can drive a commercial vehicle under the National Safety Code up to 13 hours a day, but it is recommended the driver not drive more than two hours without stopping for a rest. Beware of highway hypnosis – that condition of fatigue and boredom that causes your senses to become dull, your eyes to become fixed and makes you unable to react to traffic around you.

4. STRESS:

You drive not only with your head, hands and feet but with your personality as well. Don’t drive when you’re so angry or upset that you can’t concentrate on driving.

5. ILLNESS:

Being sick can put added stress on you when you are driving. Even a mild cold can cause enough discomfort on a long trip to make you tired and distracted.

Trusted Saskatoon Auto Body Shop Superior Auto Body Shares Selling Your Vehicle For The Best Price

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".


Superior Auto Body is a TRUSTED SASKATOON AUTO BODY shop…you will not regret choosing them!

SELL YOUR VEHICLE FOR THE BEST PRICE!

If you are thinking about selling your vehicle, you want to get as many offers as possible and have those offers be good ones. A few simple fixes to your vehicle can drastically improve its quality, and make it more appealing to prospective buyers. Here are some tips for getting your vehicle ready to sell.

FIXING VISIBLE ISSUES

 

Sell Your Vehicle For The Best PriceThe first thing you will want to look after are any visible issues. These are going to trigger a prospective buyer the moment they look at the vehicle. If the windshield is cracked and paint chipped, for example, they might think the car hasn’t been well cared for.

Start by fixing any major issues like a cracked windshield or dented side panelling, and then move onto smaller visible issue such as worn-out tires, and cracked headlight covers.

Touching up a small scratch on your car with a little bottle of touch-up paint is pretty easy. Before you start the job, mask the surrounding area well and use even, sweeping strokes to apply the paint. (Follow the directions on the can carefully.)

The techniques used to paint the body of a vehicle can vary depending on the size of the area you’re working on and the original paint and finish. Unless you have an experienced and steady hand (and the car’s original paint hasn’t faded or changed colour since it was new), it’s almost impossible to conceal the fact that you repainted anything larger than a small area

FIXING PERFORMANCE ISSUES

Whoever buys your vehicle wants to make sure it performs well. If the acceleration is jumpy, the braking isn’t smooth. or the handling is out of whack, the buyer may look elsewhere or offer a lower price.

Make sure you have new or close to new brake pads on, replace any spark plugs that are giving you issues, and get a wheel alignment if the handling is off.

GETTING ENGINE MAINTENANCE DONE MAKE SELLING YOUR VEHICLE EASIER!

A savvy buyer is going to look under the hood. If it looks like a war-zone under there, they aren’t going to be too keen on buying.

Replace any cracked hoses or exposed wiring. If the air filter is dirty, replace it with a new one. It’s a good idea to have your fluids (oil, transmission fluid, washer fluid, coolant) at a good status as well.

If you are getting a vehicle ready to sell and need auto body work in Saskatoon, you can count on the Trusted experts at Superior.

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Trusted Saskatoon Autobody experts at Superior Auto Body Share Driving Tip On Seatbelts

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".


Superior Auto Body is a TRUSTED SASKATOON AUTO BODY shop…you will not regret choosing them!

Superior Auto Body Shares A Driving Tip On Seatbelts And Child Restraints

Superior Auto Body Saskatoon has been in business since 1961, and we have been an SGI ELITE Autobody shop and have been SGI accredited since 1982. There are many reasons we have so many loyal longstanding clients from all over the city, but mostly it is the small, personal touches that we offer to people who have been unfortunate enough to require our services. We offer newer model courtesy cars and vans for our clients..and to help out we will also pick up your vehicle and take it to your SGI appointment for you and deliver the courtesy car to you at home. In our latest blog post, we discuss …In our latest accident prevention tips, we share a driving tip about Seatbelts and Child Restraints

 

DRIVING TIPS SEATBELTS AND CHILD RESTRAINTS

SEATBELTS

A safe passenger compartment is an important part of vehicle design. The front and rear of a car are designed to collapse on impact while the passenger compartment remains undisturbed. Your chances of survival are, therefore, greatly increased if you remain in the passenger compartment.

Your seatbelt will keep you in your seat and will reduce the forces your body experiences in a crash.

In Saskatchewan, every vehicle occupant must wear a seatbelt where they are provided in a properly adjusted and securely fastened manner. Obey the law and increase your chances of surviving a collision. Put on your seatbelt every time you ride in a vehicle. To be most effective, seatbelts must be used properly. First, put the lap belt on, adjusting it to fit over your pelvis, and pull it snug. The lap belt is designed to take the force on your pelvis – not your stomach. Keep the lap portion low.

Next, adjust the shoulder portion of the seatbelt over your chest area. How you do this will vary from vehicle to vehicle. Some adjust automatically, others work as a window blind. Adjust your shoulder belt to make it snug, yet comfortable.

Shoulder belts should never be worn behind your back or under your arm. Drivers are legally responsible to ensure that passengers under 16 years of age use seatbelts where available and child safety seats, when appropriate. If not, the driver may be charged. Passengers aged 16 years and older are responsible for buckling themselves up.

Seatbelts


CHILD RESTRAINTS

In collisions, children can acquire severe injuries by being thrown about or completely out of the passenger compartment. This can happen more easily than with adults because they have heavy heads in relation to the rest of their bodies. Their necks and bodies are not strong enough to withstand the impact of a collision or sudden braking.

 

In Saskatchewan, small children must be properly fitted into approved child restraints that are correctly installed. Children who weigh less than 18 kg (40 lb.) must be buckled into proper child safety restraints that are fastened to the vehicle by a seatbelt and any other straps specified by the manufacturer no matter who is transporting them – parent, grandparent, caregiver.

Children under seven years of age, weigh less than 36 kg (80 lb.), and are less than 145 cm (4’9″) must be properly fitted into an approved booster seat, used according to manufacturers’ instructions.

Driving Tips seatbelts and child restraints

FOR MORE INFORMATION ON CHILD RESTRAINTS, CONTACT SGI TRAFFIC SAFETY PROMOTION AT 306-775-6042 OR 1-844-TLK-2SGI (1-844-855-2744) OR EMAIL TRAFFICSAFETY@SGI.SK.CA


Trusted Saskatoon Auto Body Experts at Superior Give Tips on How to Avoid Wildlife Collisions in Saskatchewan

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".


Superior Auto Body is a TRUSTED SASKATOON AUTO BODY shop…you will not regret choosing them!

In Saskatchewan, highway driving is unlike any other province. You need to be constantly watching for the animals by the highway. In their latest blog, they share some tips from SGI about avoiding wildlife collisions in Saskatchewan.


The Auto Body Experts at Superior Auto Body Give Tips on How to Avoid Wildlife Collisions in Saskatchewan




Avoiding Wildlife Collisions


Part of living in Saskatchewan means dealing with Wildlife on and around the roads. There is a serious human cost to this issue – on average 327 people are injured and 4 are killed each year by wildlife collisions. While encountering wildlife is inevitable, especially as we travel to and from lake land there are some ways drivers can reduce their risk of a collision with our wildlife.


Know the Peak Times


The time of day and year can seriously affect wildlife activity around roads. Be extra alert for wildlife in May and June when animals venture towards roads to like road salt. During mating season in late fall and early winter animals are also very active. Year round the peak times for animal collisions are dawn and dusk, so be extra careful when driving in this time frames.


Always be Alert


Scan from shoulder to shoulder while driving to check for animals approaching the road. If you see an animal on the side of the road, slow down and pass by cautiously. If you encounter an animal that has ventured on the road, slow down under control and honk your horn to attempt to scare the wildlife away. Avoiding slamming on your brakes and swerving, as this may cause you to lose control and veer into a ditch or oncoming traffic. As with most traffic safety tips, maintaining a safe speed for the weather conditions is important for avoiding wildlife collisions.



When the Collision is Unavoidable


Sometimes collisions with wildlife are unavoidable even if you take every precaution and remain alert at the wheel. In these circumstances, try to remain calm. From the experts themselves, here is a list of tips that will help in this situation:

  • Aim your vehicle at the spot where the animal came from, not where it's going
  • Try for a glancing blow rather than a head-on encounter and let up on your brake just before you collide. This causes the front of your vehicle to rise slightly and reduces the chances of the animal going through your windshield.
  • Hitting an animal can be an extremely traumatic experience. If possible, move to the shoulder and turn on your hazard lights. Take a moment to regain your composure and then assess the damage to your vehicle. 
  • Do not approach the animal, especially if it appears to be wounded. Injured animals can be extremely dangerous.
  • Call the police or your local RCMP detachment if there are human injuries or significant damage to your vehicle. If the damage is less severe, you may continue driving and follow regular SGI claims reporting procedures.



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