Monthly Archives: November 2016

What Back to School Means for Drivers

“Back to school” means something else entirely for drivers

“Back to school” should be synonymous with “SLOW DOWN”.

In the summer drivers tend to relax a little because (compared to winter driving) the roads are nice and dry and we can see further ahead. The sun is out for much longer and people take vacations, so there are fewer people on the roads. In other words, it’s much easier to drive safely in the summer and (if we were to be honest with ourselves) we may slack a little in our driving diligence. Most people are also thinking about sitting on the beach or doing some much-needed yard work in the beautiful sunshine!

Now we’re nearing September and school is starting up again. Children will be going to and from school and additional environmental distractions (like a later sunrise or an earlier sunset and more traffic) will make it harder to drive.

So what does this mean for drivers?

It’s simple: When you’re driving, slow down and keep an eye out for children. It doesn’t matter whether or not you’re in a school zone. Remember that kids have to walk from their neighbourhood to get to school, so there are going to be children everywhere even if a school isn’t a block or two away. School zones are good reminders to slow down but there will be children running around and darting in and out of traffic outside of school zones.

Slowing down doesn’t just apply between 8:30am and 3:30pm (or whenever school lets out in your area). Children who live near schools might go home for lunch, or might be late getting to school or going home early.

Don’t forget, it’s not just children you have to watch out for. Buses stop to pick up or drop off children and parents might also drive to pick up their kids and can stop suddenly.

Back to school means slowing down for drivers. It helps to improve your ability to react if something changes quickly — like if a child runs out between two parked cars or if a parent stops to pick up their kids.

If you are in a collision, Boyd Autobody & Glass can help to repair your vehicle and get you safely and quickly back on the road. But you can avoid a lot of back-to-school collisions by slowing down.

Tips to Cleaning a Car

 Interior

Be sure to give your carpets and upholstery a good vacuuming to remove as much dirt and debris as possible. If you want to clean the carpets more aggressively, you can scrub them with a stiff brush (but don’t scrub too hard, because it could damage the carpet) then give the carpet one final vacuum.

Before you start wiping the interior of your vehicle, it’s important to do a patch test of cleaners first to ensure that your vehicle’s interior doesn’t react poorly to the cleaners that you will be using. Start off by wiping a little bit of the product in a difficult to see spot and wait to see if there is a reaction. If nothing happens, then that is a safe indicator that your cleaners are good and you may begin cleaning the interior of your vehicle. It’s important to note that you should only be using a cleaner that is approved for your car’s interior.

The interior of the vehicle builds up dust very quickly, especially in the heating and air conditioning systems and in the air ducts. By simply using an air compressor, you can blow out all the dust and debris from the ducts, which will allow your vehicle to smell fresh and keep the dust down for a longer period of time.

When cleaning the dashboard of your vehicle, be sure to use a damp cloth and a diluted cleaner. It’s important to clean the rest of the interior of the vehicle including the doors, seat belts and the headrests. If there is a residual smell in your vehicle after you clean it, spray Febreze, vinegar diluted with water or a commercial deodorizing product.

Exterior

Be sure not to wash your vehicle when the body of the car is hot, or if your vehicle was in direct sunlight for a long period of time.  The more hot the body of the vehicle is, the faster the soap and water will dry up, which will make the process of cleaning the vehicle more difficult and a higher chance of spots

  • The exterior of your vehicle should begin at the top of the vehicle and work your way down
  • Do not use dish soap to clean your vehicle as it can remove wax coatings and make your car more susceptible to scratches and blemishes. Do use a proper car wash soap.
  • If possible, your vehicle should be washed by hand. Yes, it does take longer to do than going through an automatic car wash, but car washes tend to leave patches of dirt on the vehicle. If washing your vehicle at home, be sure to use a soft sponge or cleaning mitt. By washing your vehicle yourself, you can ensure that your vehicle is free from any spots
  • Before washing your vehicle with soap, be sure to pre-soak the car. This will help loosen any dirt left on your vehicle
  • If your sponge is dirty,rinse it really well before dipping it again into the soapy bucket of water
  • When cleaning the tires of your vehicle, use a separate cloth or sponge in combination with a non-acid base cleaner and degreaser on your wheels
  • If you still see dirty spots on your vehicle after you finish cleaning it, spot clean it using a cleaner or using your fingers if that helps
  • Your almost done! Now is the time to clean the exterior windows using an ammonia-free glass cleaner. A microfiber cloth should be used to buff the windows. Don’t forget to roll the windows down a bit so the top of the windows can be cleaned as well
  • Lastly, it’s time to wax your vehicle. Over a period of time, the original wax application from your vehicle will wear off. Wax is crucial to protect your vehicle from bumps and scratches, stains and the sun. You should either use a liquid or paste wax and apply two coats for a professional finish. You should wax your vehicle every season for optimal protection.

How to properly dry your vehicle

Be sure your vehicle does not air dry as this will leave water marks. It is best to hand dry your vehicle after you finish rinsing it.
After all of your hard work, your vehicle is now beautiful and shiny and ready to be shown off. If you discover dents or bumps on your vehicle while washing it, bring it to Boyd Autobody & Glass. We’re here to repair your vehicle and get you back on your way as quickly and seamlessly as possible.

Top Tips for Driving at Dusk

 The Challenges of Driving At Dusk

One time of day we don’t think about is dusk. Unfortunately, dusk is a very difficult time to drive. Here are five top tips to drive at dusk:

1. Be aware of the quickly changing light conditions. One moment might be extremely sunny so we are forced to wear sunglasses, but within moments, the sun can darken and our sunglasses end up doing more harm than good. If we don’t have sunglasses, be aware that the rapidly changing light conditions can be very difficult on our eyes (which have a hard time adjusting to those fast-changing conditions). There isn’t a lot you can do about it but awareness helps.

2. Be aware of the setting sun. Have you ever had momentary blindness after a camera has flashed? The same thing can happen if we look into the sun while. This can happen if we are driving west during sunset or if we are driving east (and see the sun reflected in our mirrors). If possible, use your vehicle’s shades and adjust the mirrors. Consider pulling over to the side of the road to wait for sun to set, or take another route that doesn’t drive directly toward the setting sun.

3. Turn on headlights. With rapidly changing light conditions, it can be easy for someone to miss our vehicle, especially if the headlights aren’t on and becomes dark quickly. Turn on your headlights if you will be driving during dusk, even if it is still quite light out.

4. Be aware that this is a time for animals to come out. Although timid animals might not come out during the day, many of them come out at night when it feels safer. Animals come out because they are dazzled by the headlights of vehicles. Drive a little slower during dusk and pay special attention to the sides of the roads (especially in rural areas) to watch for movement among the grass that could indicate an approaching animal.

5. Be aware of changing temperatures. It’s easy to point out the obvious changing light conditions. Temperatures change at night and can have an impact on our ability to drive safely: If the temperature and humidity inside our vehicle is different than outside, our windows could fog up. You can correct this by opening the windows slightly or by running the defroster.

How to Organize a Local Car Show

 Tips for Organzing Local Car Show

• Decide on a theme. Do you want a classic car show? Do you want a motorcycle show instead? Do you want an antique car show? Or maybe just a general car show that auto enthusiasts of any type can participate in?

• Gauge interest. Talk to potential participants to see if they are interested in taking part. Check a calendar of local events to make sure that there aren’t other car shows at the same time.

• Choose a charity or local cause to raise money. You’ll also need to decide how to raise support — will you charge admission? Will you hold a raffle? Will you take donations? Remember, it doesn’t have to be financial support; your local food bank will probably welcome donations of canned goods.

• Find a good location. Your location should be central to the area you hope to draw a crowd from. Talk to the owner of a restaurant, ice cream shop, or coffee shop; they might welcome a car show in their parking lot if it will draw crowds to their establishment.

• Start advertising! You’ll need to advertise to two groups of people – car owners and car show visitors. Get car owners to register with you ahead of time so you can manage how many people will show up. Encourage car show visitors to mark their calendars. Talk to local radio and TV personalities to “talk up” your car show on the air. Find local events calendars to include your car show on. Hand out flyers. Create the event on sites like Facebook, http://tweetvite.com/, and http://eventful.com. Encourage social media users to post on Twitter and Facebook. This step should be the one you spend the most time and effort on!

• Round out the show with other participants. Don’t forget that other participants might want to take part: Invite hot dog vendors to sell food, invite an inflatables renter to set up a “bouncy-house” for the kids, ask auto-related vendors if they would like to set up a booth or donate prizes.

One final tip – this one is critical! Always talk to local authorities to make sure that you have the proper licenses and permissions to hold an event. You might require a permit to hold the event, and might require a different permit to serve food or alcoholic beverages.

A car show can draw a big crowd of people because it’s a lot of fun. It can also help raise money and awareness for a good cause. Organizing a car show is a lot of work but with proper planning and some organization, it can be worth it.