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How to Avoid the 5 Most Common Causes of Car Accidents

Vehicle accidents happen for many reasons, and they occur daily. Learning some of the common causes of car accidents and how to avoid them can keep you safer when you're on the road:

  • Rear-end collisions - Rear-end accidents are often caused by drivers who are involved in another activity while driving or who simply aren't watching the road ahead. To avoid hitting the rear end of the car ahead of you, stay focused on the road, don't text or talk on your mobile phone, and don't fiddle with the radio dial or the GPS.
  • Parked-car collisions - When you're backing up in a parking lot, turn around to check for other vehicles instead of relying on your rear-view mirror or backup camera. If you're parking, avoid pulling in close to other cars. It's safer to park in an empty area of the lot and walk a bit farther.
  • Hydroplaning accidents - Hydroplaning can happen when you're driving in rainy weather or through standing water on the road. You can decrease the risk of hydroplaning by replacing tires when the tread wears down and reducing your driving speed when it's raining. If you do hydroplane, take your foot off the gas and apply gentle, steady pressure on the brakes until you regain control.
  • Wildlife collision - Hitting an animal can result in serious injuries and vehicle damage. It's not possible to predict when an animal might cross the road, but paying attention to posted caution signs, using high beams at night, and staying within the speed limit can help you avoid an accident.
  • Side-impact accidents - These potentially-deadly collisions occur when one driver is turning and is hit broadside by another car. To avoid a side-impact crash, pay attention to the road, traffic signs and signals, as well as the vehicles around you at all times. When you're purchasing a new car, look for one with side airbags that offer greater protection in this type of accident.

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Tips for Maintaining Your Car's Pristine Paint Job

Over time, pollution, Mother Nature and everyday wear and tear take a toll on a car's finish. By properly maintaining the paint job with the following tips, you can protect the finish so it retains that showroom-new appearance longer.
Wash the car weekly. Never use household cleaners on auto paint. Instead, use a quality car shampoo and a soft microfiber or terry detailing cloth that won't harm the paint. Be sure to dry the surface with a chamois after washing to avoid unsightly mineral spots.

Wax the finish at least twice a year. It's a misconception that car paint can stay pristine without regular waxing. Applying a high-quality carnauba auto wax in the spring and fall will help shield the paint from road grime, acid rain and damaging UV sunlight. If the car is exposed to harsh winter weather and corrosive salt, you may need to wax more often.

Schedule annual professional detailing. Even if you wash and wax diligently, springing for detailing once a year is critical to keep the paint in showroom condition. Professionals apply a special cleaner or use a clay bar to lift contaminants adhered to the surface that can contribute to paint oxidation. A pro will also use an orbital machine to erase light scratches and buff the finish to a brilliant lustre.

Keep the car under cover. If you have a garage, store the vehicle inside whenever possible. If you have to park outdoors, avoid direct sunlight to limit fading and invest in a quality car cover. The cover should fit snugly and be made of breathable fabric so it doesn't trap harmful moisture.

Spot check the paint frequently. In between washes, look the car over and promptly clean off any bug splatter, bird droppings, tree sap, road tar and the like. Foreign substances can eat into the paint, and once dried on, they're harder to remove so there's an increased risk of scratching the finish too.

Maintaining the paint job doesn't always prevent scratches, dings, dents and blemishes. If you need help restoring your car's pristine finish, contact us at Gerber Collision & Glass.