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The History of Automotive Paint

September 4th, 2018

Auto paint has come a long way.

You wouldn’t guess it right off, but one of the most interesting stories told as a result of the Industrial Revolution and of the last 100 years in general is the history of automotive paint. From accidents to war, there are many elements that play into how car paint has evolved through the years. Today, we just think about it in terms of auto body repair but there’s so much more to it.

Here are some facts to keep you busy for a while:

  • Prior to 1924, vehicles were painted using the same carriage-builder method that had been used for decades. Particularly when it came to the old Studebakers, it took 52 days to paint a carriage by hand, thanks to the many steps involved as well as the slow drying times. Even still, the paint didn’t last long – maybe a few years if the owner was lucky.
  • In the 1920s, several paint manufacturers developed nitrocellulose lacquers, but DuPont led the pack in nitrate movie-film manufacturing at the time. Just like an accident led to the invention of chewing gum, an accident also led to the discovery of a new kind of paint. In 1921, a worker at the DuPont film plant left a drum of gun cotton outside on a hot day. When they finally opened it, they saw a clear liquid rather than cotton. This liquid became the base for nitrocellulose lacquer, which was the top automotive finish for the next five decades.
  • The 1924, the Oakland was the first car to be spray painted.
  • In the 1930s, both nitrocellulose lacquer and alkyd enamel were used in automobile production, ranging from black enameled fenders to colored lacquer bodies, used by the likes of Chrysler, Ford and Studebaker.
  • It was the Europeans who developed the more durable basecoat technology with acrylic urethane clear topcoats, far superior at the time to American paints.
  • In the late 1970s and early 1980s, the Europeans began infiltrating the U.S. market, forcing change upon American manufacturers and collision repairers who then had to scramble to figure out how an acrylic urethane would work. From dieback to mottling, many challenges presented themselves.
  • American paint manufacturers eventually figured it out and caught up but it took many years as the underdog to get there.
  • Environmental regulations changed paint technology, as new words entered the industry’s vocabulary such as volatile organic compounds (VOCs), transfer efficiency, catalyzed primers and federal air standards.
  • Shops had to meet strict air-quality standards in terms of emissions, but this pitted paint manufacturers against equipment manufacturers as they both looked at the other to comply with new regulations.
  • Paint gun manufacturers were also getting in on the game as well as collision repairers.
  • Improvements in clears, flakes, basecoats, reflectants, pearls, pigments, effects and even ground glass continue to add progress to the industry.

Contact Hance’s Uptown Collision Center in Dallas

Here at Hance’s, we always use the latest best practices, techniques and paint application to ensure a beautiful, standards-based product. Contact us at 214-666-5291 or schedule an appointment online.

 

Who’s Working on Your Car in Dallas?

July 26th, 2018

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When you drop your car off for a repair, you automatically trust that the technicians working on it have the experience and certification to do the best job possible. But how do you really know? Trust is a big part of any relationship, and this is certainly true of the one between yourself and your mechanic. You want assurances that your mechanic holds the proper certifications to ensure your car is getting the attention it deserves.

Knowing who’s working on your car in Dallas takes just a little bit of research, but this will pay off for you in the end.

Body shops that hold the proper certifications can assure your car is being repaired according to the highest industry standards. For example, here at Hance’s Uptown Collision Center, we are an I-CARTM and ASETM certified garage, featuring experienced, friendly technicians who boast the highest levels of training and education in collision repair.

This training and knowledge allows our team to offer exceptional auto body repairs, quality workmanship and attentive customer service. We know getting you back on the road as quickly as possible is of paramount importance. After all, you’re busy and need to get places. However, we never compromise safety, aesthetics and functionality for fast work.

What Does I-CAR Certification Mean?

I-CAR, the Inter-Industry Conference on Auto Collision Repair, is an international organization that provides information, knowledge and skills required to perform complete, safe and quality repairs. It was established in 1979 out of a collaboration of six segments of the collision repair industry:

  • Collision repair
  • Insurance
  • Original equipment manufacturers (OEMs)
  • Education, training and research
  • Tools, equipment and supply
  • Related industry services

The goal is to provide those who need collision repair with access to high-quality, industry-leading training solutions, encouraging and supporting communication in the industry on issues impacting collision repair.

What Does ASE Certification Mean?

The National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence (ASE), a professional certification group, certifies professionals and shops in the automotive repair and service industry and has been doing so since 1972. The goal is to improve the quality of vehicle repair and service through testing and certifying automotive professionals. Nearly 300,000 automotive technicians hold ASE certifications. The ASE tests and certifies automotive professionals so that shop owners and service customers can better understand their level of expertise before utilizing their services.

In order to become certified, technicians must pass a test first, then accumulate two years of on-the-job training or one year of training and a two-year degree in automotive repair.

Contact Hance’s Uptown Collision Center in Dallas

To schedule a repair appointment with our I-CAR and ASE certified garage, please contact us at 214-666-5291 or email us at rob@hanceauto.com. We are conveniently located at 4829 McKinney Ave in Dallas with convenient hours Monday through Friday.

 

 

 

 

How Paintless Dent Repair Works

June 22nd, 2018

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Paintless dent repair, known for short as PDR, is an environmentally-friendly way of repairing a vehicle that has been in an accident. Essentially, it’s a method of restoring a vehicle’s body to factory-like condition within a smaller time frame and at a fraction of the cost of full-on auto body repair.

Because it’s a much less invasive process for dent repair, it is designed for small to medium repair needs. Larger dents and issues will require auto body repair, panel removal, etc. Technicians skilled in PDR use state-of-the-art technologies to get beneath the vehicle’s “skin” and gently coax dented panels back into position without making scratches or compromising the paint job. It’s ideal for addressing damage caused by hail, dings, creases and small dents.

The PDR process involves the technician first assessing the damage, then gaining entry to the dent and taking a closer look. Finally, he or she will apply slow pressure to work the dent out.

How Does it Work?

Let’s go into more detail on the steps discussed above.

Damage assessment is the first step. This allows technicians to see the extent of the damage and determine if PDR is indeed the right way to go. Between 80 and 90 percent of all dents are able to be removed through PDR. Then, the technician will prepare the area around the dent before attempting the repair.

Next up, it’s necessary to gain entry to the dent, which is typically from the back side, necessitating the removal of body panels, tail lights and even interior panels in some cases. Essentially, the technician has to create a pathway to the dent area.

Your technician will use a special light to gain visual access to the area, which gives off a shadow. This helps the technician know precisely where the tools should be placed to massage the area back into its original position. This slow pressure takes some time and precision.

Most times, PDR can be done on the same day you bring your car in. Of course, the exact time frame will depend on the dent’s severity and how hard it is to access it.

Paintless Dent Repair vs. Traditional Dent Repair

Traditional dent repair involves filling dented areas with paint or body filler, to be matched to the rest of the exterior. This can make your car look like new, but it still doesn’t offer a sustainable, long-term solution. In addition, it’s more costly than paintless dent repair, more time-consuming, and negatively impacts the re-sale value of your vehicle.

With paintless dent repair, there is no need for fillers or sanding. For minor repairs, PDR is a quicker, more cost-effective alternative all the way around.

Contact Hance’s Uptown Collision Center in Dallas TX

If you require our services for paintless dent repair in and around Dallas, contact us at 214-666-5291 or visit us at 829 McKinney Avenue in Dallas, TX. Schedule an appointment today and get your car back to looking its best.

 

Should You Get Collision Coverage?

May 19th, 2018

Getting into a collision is stressful and overwhelming. Not only do you have to deal with any injuries to yourself or other parties in the car, you have to worry about fixing your vehicle. Collisions are common in this country. In fact, there were about 6.3 million fatal, injury and property damage crashes in this country in 2015 alone.

If you’ve ever been in an accident, you know how scary it can be. Assuming your injuries are negligible, your first priority is to assess the damage to your car. Damage can range from a scratched fender to a dented side or crumpled hood. In order to be reimbursed by the insurance company, you need collision coverage on your vehicle.

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What is Collision Coverage?

This type of insurance covers accidents with other motor vehicles as well as objects like fences or trees. Collision insurance is great in most instances, but it doesn’t cover everything. For example, your insurance policy won’t cover medical bills or damage to your vehicle that isn’t a direct result of the collision. Think: hail storms or thieves that break into your car.

What Deductible Should You Get?

The deductible is the money you are responsible for paying prior to your insurance coverage kicking in. So, if your deductible is $1,000, you must pay $1,000 out of your own pocket before insurance takes over. The deductible you choose is entirely up to you when creating a policy with your insurance company.

There are many things to take into consideration, such as:

Monthly Cost or Premium: This will depend on your insurance company and the policies it offers. Usually, the lower your deductible, the higher your premiums. Cost is a big consideration but it shouldn’t be the only one.

Risk Level: Consider your individual risks, such as your age (teen drivers will have higher costs because they are considered a higher risk), typical times of vehicle operation, climate, and even the likelihood of hitting deer at night. If you deem your risks to be higher than most, it may be wise to choose a lower deductible policy.

If your driving record is spotless, you drive in good conditions, and operate within a relatively risk- free environment with minimal contact with heavy traffic or exposure to hazards such as wild animals, try a higher deductible policy.

Your Car and Situation: Consider how old your vehicle is, what it’s worth to you, and the state of your emergency savings nest egg. You may consider dropping your collision coverage, or at least drastically reducing it, depending on your answers.

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Should You Get Collision Insurance on an Old Car?

Depends on how old it is. Sometimes, collision coverage just isn’t worth it on a car that is several years – or well over a decade – old. That’s because insurance companies only pay fair market value for damage done to your vehicle. Generally, if your car is more than 10 years old, this is when you should consider dropping the coverage to save money.

There are some instances where you can’t drop collision insurance, such as when financing or leasing your vehicle. Only when you own it outright can you make this choice. You can’t always rely on the make and condition of your vehicle, as somemaintain their value betterthan others as the years go on. Keep an eye on the book value of your car, and start crunching the numbers after about a decade of ownership.

Lastly, take a look at your emergency savings. If you have little to no savings and would be lost without your vehicle, you should probably keep the collision coverage just in case.

Contact Hance’s Uptown Collision Center in Dallas TX

If you do get in an accident and need collision repair, turn to the experts at Hance’s. Contact us at 214-666-5291 or visit us at 829 McKinney Avenue in Dallas, TX. Schedule an appointment with the professionals that areI-Car certified technicians with an A+ rating on the BBB.

Why are so Many Cars Painted Such Boring Colors?

March 26th, 2018

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Beige…white…silver…you probably see a lot of these car colors on the road every single day. It seems a majority of cars these days feature these neutral, if somewhat boring, shades. In fact, white has been the most popular car color for the past eight years, according to MarketWatch.

It hasn’t always been that way. Twenty-four years ago when millions of people sat glued to their TVs to watch the OJ Simpson chase, that white Ford Bronco stuck out like a sore thumb – something that wouldn’t have happened today. That’s because back in the 1990s, the most popular car color was teal, followed by red. Experts say this bold color choice was attributable to Apple’s influence with its introduction of the bold colors for computers. Remember the iMac??

Trends

That trend switched to silver once 2000 rolled around, likely representing the emerging popularity of the tech world. If you doubt this, think about the surge in stainless steel appliances that happened at the same time. As the 2000s wore on, white made its way onto the scene as a popular car color due in part to another influence of Apple: the neutral iPhone colors. In fact, white has been the most popular car color for nearly a decade.

Safety

White cars may not be flashy, they have been found to be safer than black ones. Studies show that black cars have a 12% higher crash risk as compared with white cars during the daylight hours, followed closely by gray and silver. During dawn and dusk, black vehicles had a 47% higher accident risk than white.

Comfort

White cars are more comfortable in the summer, as opposed to darker cars that tend to absorb sunlight more readily and therefore get much hotter in warm weather. You’ll notice an uptick in white cars in warm locales like Florida and Texas for this reason.

Maintenance

You may assume white or light colored cars would be hard to keep looking clean. But the truth is, dark or bright color cars tend to show water spots and dirt more readily than white or beige.

Value

White and beige cars don’t depreciate in value as quickly as bolder colored cars. In addition, consumers are less likely to tire of white or beige than a more trendy color like orange or red. And because there’s such a consistent high demand for neutral colors, this makes it easier to sell your car later at a higher price. Stands to reason, then, that white cars are the most popular within used car listings.

Gender

Males tend to have a bigger preference for white cars over females, with white pickups being the most popular in the truck category for men. Women shy away from flashy colors but rather than white they tend to go for silver and brown. For men who like flashy colors, they gravitate to red and orange.

So, it seems the car manufacturers have done their research! So the next time you think to yourself…why are there so many boring car colors around? These are all reasons why!

Contact Hance’s Uptown Collision Center in Dallas TX

Regardless of your car color, we can help you refresh your paint job after a collision. Open Mon–Thur: 7:30am – 5:30pm and Friday: 7:30am – 5pm, Hance’s Uptown Collision Center in Dallas invites you to schedule an appointment for auto body repair or service.Contact us at 214-666-5291 or stop by at 4829 McKinney Avenue in Dallas.

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Does Auto Detailing Boost Your Car’s Value?

February 28th, 2018

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Ever notice how spotless your car is when you pick it up from the collision repair shop? The dashboard shines, the upholstery is free of goldfish crackers and crumbs, and you can see your reflection in the exterior paint job. Why can’t you do a good like that out in your driveway? Well, when you hire technicians skilled in professional detailing, they have access to the experience, skill, tools and equipment that allow them to do a superior job. In fact, attention to detail is practically a job requirement. While you may realize how much of a value this service is for your own sanity and pride in your vehicle, you may wonder: does auto detailing increase the value of the car? Let’s take a look at the three main types of detailing and determine how they contribute to value.

Exterior

With the purpose of restoring and protecting your paint job, exterior detailing can further protect your car’s finish from the harsh effects of weather and the sun’s UV rays. Both of these things can cause your paint to fade and look dull over time. Add scratches, rust and dings, and, well, you know what the end result is. Plus, the surfaces of your wheels can get caked with grime — unsightly to say the least. When taken as a whole, these things can certainly lower the vehicle’s resale value. To prevent that from happening, here’s what you can do:

  • Wash and scrub the exterior, including wheels, with a brush
  • Dry the car using a soft microfiber cloth
  • Gently polish scratches and swirls
  • Wax the paint with a carnauba-based product
  • Thoroughly clean the vehicle and follow up with a protective polish to any areas of rubber

Interior

The interior of your car takes a lot of abuse. From carpeting and upholstery to trim and mats, they get a lot of wear and tear from heavy use, food and drink spills, cigarette smoke, dirt, and pets. The same UV rays that can fade your exterior can also damage your upholstery, trim and dashboard. Your professional detailer uses special cleaning and sanitizing products on your leather, fabric and carpet. Expect your professional to vacuum and shampoo all surfaces, followed by products designed to protect the seats, carpet and trim. For leather, they’ll scrub the material and apply conditioners. Not only will this give your car a deep clean from the inside out, it will freshen it up as well, eliminating any lingering odors.

Engines

clean motor is key to a properly running vehicle. It gives you peace of mind as the driver, plus it looks good for potential buyers. Perhaps you’ve noticed a squeaky clean engine after getting auto body repairs done, especially for front-end collisions. This is the result of a professionally-detailed engine that boosts your confidence in the repair. Clean engines operate better and mechanics find it easier to work on them when they’re clean too, so they can determine issues more readily. Professional detailers will:

  • Use a light mist to get off any loose dirt
  • Wipe down the engine components with a commercial de-greaser, followed by a rinse
  • Dry the engine, then apply protective compounds to all rubber, silicone and plastic parts so they won’t crack

A clean engine compartment adds value to your car because it’s more aesthetically pleasing to a potential buyer or when contemplating a trade-in at the dealer.

As a result of all of the above, annual professional detailing can increase the market value of your vehicle by up to 15 percent, depending on make, year and condition, says Carwise.
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Contact Hance’s Uptown Collision Center in Dallas

If you need collision or body work done, or just a good detailing, schedule an appointment at Hance’s today. Just contact us at 214-666-5291 for a free estimate.

What to do When Your Car is Faded

January 23rd, 2018

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Protecting your skin from harmful UV rays at the beach is a given for us humans. But those same UV rays can also damage your car, causing it to fade over time. You likely don’t think about your car’s paint job until it starts to get noticeably lighter. This is due to the oxidization from the UV rays of the sun. On top of that, extreme weather due to snow, hail, high winds and rain can all have an impact on the hue of your car — not to mention the critters that can really do a number on your paint job.

Here are some tips on keeping your car’s paint job looking new year after year:

Come up with a washing schedule: Prevention is key here, so the best way to protect your car from the sun and environmental damage is to keep up with a consistent washing schedule. Praying for a rain storm isn’t going to help. You need a good clean that can protect your top coat from existing and future damage. Top coat is like sunscreen for your car, and keeping it as clean as possible is like giving it SPF 50 protection. However, that top coat is also the most vulnerable to sand, salt, snow and acid rain.

Restore the paint job: Once fading begins, you may think it’s too late to be saved. Not true. You will have to break out the elbow grease but restoration of your paint job is absolutely possible. First, you’ll need to thoroughly wash and dry your car, then use a clay bar to remove the junk that’s contributing to the dullness factor. Clay is designed to “fix” a contaminated surface — one that is plagued with tiny bumps in the paint that can detract from its smoothness. All that embedded debris can cause small imperfections in your finish that the clay bar can pick up and remove, says Dr. Beasley’s. Doing this will provide a prime surface featuring a tighter seal to the wax making sure it looks better and lasts longer.

Polish after claying: The clay bar is great, but it’s no substitute for polishing your car. Do this in a shady area, out of direct sunlight. Make sure your car is cool to the touch and not hot. Work in small, concentrated areas and always follow the manufacturer’s instructions. Normally, you would use a foam applicator but once light oxidization and fading has occurred, it’s best to use a microfiber applicator pad for car polish application.

Wax your car regularly: If a clean top coat adds an extra layer of protection for your car, adding wax gives you yet another protective layer that prevents dirt from harming your car. Not only does it make your paint job look beautiful and shiny, it can give you a whole new level of SPF protection that can complement the efforts of your washing schedule.You have four types of wax products to selection from: liquid, paste, spray and wipe-on, wipe-off. The paste and liquid formulas seem to work the best when restoring faded or oxidized car paint. Ideally, you should wax before the winter, then keep up with maintenance every two to three months.

Take it to the pros: If all of the above methods don’t work and your car’s finish is too badly faded, oxidized or damaged, you may need a complete paint job. Whether as part of collision repair or a simple desire to get your paint job restored, professionals have the right equipment, tools and paint to bring that luster and sheen to your car that you miss so much.

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Contact Hance’s Uptown Collision Center

Located conveniently on McKinney Avenue in Dallas, TX, Hance’s Uptown Collision Center is your first choice for paint restoration, collision repair and auto body work. Contact us at 214-666-5291 to schedule an appointment today.

Creative Custom Auto Body Painting Ideas

January 8th, 2018

Customizing your vehicle is a great way to stand out from all the others out there. There are many reasons why people opt for custom auto body painting, from the need for self-expression to instant recognition between vehicles. If you’ve been thinking of immortalizing your car with some fancy designs, it’s time to get creative with these custom auto body painting ideas. First, you’ll need to sketch out the design you’re looking for, or provide a rendering of it to your custom auto body painting specialist. Or, you may decide to work with an artist to make sure the design comes out as professional as possible.

Landscape designs: If you have a favorite view, such as that mountain you climbed last year or that beach front walk you’ve always wanted to navigate, choose scenery that speaks to you. From snow-capped mountains to tranquil lakes, there’s a never-ending supply of inspiration in nature.

Artist tribute designs: If you have a favorite musical artist or actor whom you admire, this is a great way to show that admiration in lasting form. From one large mural to a collage of different images, you can incorporate your montage on your hood, the side of your vehicle or anywhere else that fits.

Theme art: This is where you can really get creative with color and design. From flames and skulls to guns and animals, theme art makes for some really great artistic expression. Whether you love a certain cartoon character, TV show, movie, logo, vampires, mythical creatures or animals, your car can become your palette. You may even consider replacing the manufacturer’s logo with a Transformer logo!

Images of loved ones: You see this all the time. People pay tribute to a lost hero or loved one who is no longer living. Others pay tribute to a very special person in their life that is still among the living. Many people choose to put images of their children on their vehicles, accompanied by their name and birth date. Many people also pay tribute to a family member who is in the service, featuring a military theme.

Paintings and drawings: If you have artwork in your home or even something you’ve seen in a museum that speaks to you, why not incorporate it into a custom painting for your car? Whether you choose landscape paintings, classics or abstracts, you can place a masterful interpretation of it onto your vehicle.

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In all of these designs and themes, the key factor is choosing a custom auto body painting specialist with extensive experience in this industry. Any specialist you choose should be able to work with you one on one, sketching out the design until it’s exactly what you want. Of course, you don’t always have to have an intricate design painted on your vehicle. You may just need a paint refresh, or perhaps you have a damaged door or hood that needs replacing and color matching. For expert auto body repair, turn to the experts at Hance’s Uptown Collision Center.

Contact Hance’s Uptown Collision Center

For comprehensive auto body repair in Dallascontact us at Hance’s Uptown Collision Center at 214-666-5291. We have many convenient appointment slots for you to choose from when it comes to repairing your auto body or any other services we offer.

10 Safest Cars of 2017

December 5th, 2017

Even though 2017 is coming to a close, you can still consider buying a 2017 model that has all the safety features of the latest and greatest 2018 models. Safety is an important selling point for many consumers who want to rely on state-of-the-art features that can ensure their safety on the roadways, such as Electronic Stability Control, or ESC, which automatically reduces speed and can brake individual wheels as needed if a rollover is imminent. A study performed by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety on NBCNews.com found that ESC reduces the risk of deaths in single-vehicle crashes by more than 50 percent, decreasing the likelihood of a rollover accident by 80 percent.

Among the top factors consumers care about when purchasing new cars are brand loyalty and safety, according to JD Power.

So, which vehicles should you consider with safety top of mind?

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US News and World Report lists these vehicles as having perfect safety scores based on its own new car rankings plus Top Safety Pick+ (TSP+) ratings from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS).

  1. Chevrolet Volt: Fuel efficient with a perfect Top Safety Pick+ rating from the IIHS when equipped with an optional automatic emergency braking system, the Chevy Volt gets five-star safety ratings in all categories from the NHTSA. It also has a standard Teen Driver system, allowing parents to get details on how safely their kid is driving.
  2. Volvo S60: Comes standard with Volvo’s City Safety, a low-speed automatic emergency braking system. The automatic emergency braking system features pedestrian and cyclist detection.
  3. Toyota Prius Prime: Featuring automatic emergency braking and adaptive cruise control, this model earns perfect IIHS crash-test ratings.
  4. Subaru Impreza: This vehicle comes equipped with the EyeSight suite of electronic safety and driver assistance aids, as well as available LED headlights, plus it earns a five-star crash rating from the NHTSA.
  5. Genesis G80: This luxury mid-size has a Top Safety Pick+ score from the IIHS and a five-star rating in regards to crash-worthiness from the NHTSA. It features top of the line advanced safety and driver assistance technology, such as lane assist, lane change alerts and blind spot warnings.
  6. Genesis G90: A top-rated vehicle when it comes to larger luxury cars, this model has plenty of driver assistance features as standard that are only optional on other models, such as automatic emergency braking systems for detection of pedestrians.
  7. Volvo V60: Standard safety features include City Safety, a low-speed automatic emergency braking system, but the real crowning glory is the available HID low-beam headlight system. Not only can it illuminate past corners but it can also switch on to high beam mode automatically.
  8. Nissan Maxima: Enjoying a Top Safety Pick+ rating from the IIHS, many safety features come standard, plus available features such as the automatic emergency braking system that operates via a radar signal to monitor road conditions.
  9. Lexus RC: This two-door coupe scores high marks in predicted reliability so you can expect a long lifespan out of this vehicle. It features Lexus Safety Connect, which sends notifications to nearby first responders when an accident happens.
  10. Subaru Legacy: Boasting advanced driver assistance and advanced safety systems, this model uses cameras on the windshield to monitor road conditions in real time.

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Contact Hance’s Uptown Collision Center

Here at Hance’s, we have serviced many of the top safest cars on the market. Trust us to repair yours. Located at 4829 McKinney Avenue in Dallas, please contact us at 214-666-5291 today to schedule your appointment.

Driving Tips to Avoid Collisions

November 4th, 2017

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Thousands of auto accidents happen every year. Not all will involve serious loss of life and injury, and to a lesser extent, damage to the vehicle body itself. However, it’s good to remind ourselves of safe driving tips to avoid those collisions that could at the very least involve the need for auto body repairSave some money and your life by following these common sense driving tips.

Be a Defensive Driver

Yes, you probably took this type of course before you got your license but it’s always good to brush up on the concept. Defensive driving means always being on the lookout for the potential behaviors of other drivers. Being aware of your surroundings and staying alert as to what could happen will help you avoid collisions. Basically, anticipate the unexpected moves of other drivers! Never assume another driver will behave as you would. Stay a safe distance behind cars, trucks and buses, and keep your eyes not just on the road in front of you but side to side and back too. Check mirrors and drive the speed limit so you have time to react if you have to. Even when going through a green light, slow down and check the other direction.

More than 800 people die and 200,000 are injured in the United States each year as a result of being hit by drivers who ran a red light.

Stay Focused

Distracted driving claimed the lives of 3,477 people in 2015 alone. Most people will readily acknowledge the dangers of texting and driving but do it anyway. But texting isn’t the only way to get distracted behind the wheel. Eating, applying makeup, tuning the radio, tending to your kids in the back seat, and talking on the phone are all forms of distracted driving — and they can be deadly. Many states have strict rules now about distracted driving particularly when it comes to using a phone. It’s best to leave your phone in the glove compartment when driving or use the Do Not Disturb feature on your phone. If you absolutely must conduct a phone call, use a hands-free option.

Be Careful at Night

Car accident statistics at night are pretty sobering. Despite 60 percent less traffic on the roads, more than 40 percent of all fatal car accidents happen after the sun goes down. More people tend to be drinking and driving because that’s when parties are held. Others may not be able to see wildlife or pedestrians in the road as well due to the lack of sunlight. Always drive slowly enough so that you would be able to stop within the distance of your headlights if you had to. Keep scanning the sides of the road as you navigate so as to avoid a collision with a deer or other animal.

Drive Unimpaired

We all know not to drive under the influence of alcohol or drugs, but many of us still think a drink or two won’t hurt. Assign a designated driver, take an Uber or stay overnight if you think you’ll be drinking. Impairment doesn’t always involve alcohol or drugs. Many collisions are a result of driver fatigue. Falling asleep at the wheel can result in deadly consequences for all parties.

Maintain Your Vehicle

Many collisions can be avoided. But because of poorly maintained vehicles, brakes can jam up and tires can make your car skid out of control. Stay on top of regular maintenance and service calls. For example, replace worn brake pads as needed and rotate your tires regularly.

All of this being said, even the most cautious drivers can get in collisions. Sometimes, they’re just unavoidable no matter how careful you are. First and foremost, we hope you stay safe out there on the roadways. If you do get into an accident that requires collision repair, we can help.

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Contact Hance’s Uptown Collision Center in Dallas

Don’t hesitate to schedule an appointment for body work at Hance’s. Just contact us at 214-666-5291 today.

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