Monthly Archives: December 2016

The Four Personalities You Meet on the Road

If you want to be a safer driver, be aware of the four kinds of personalities on the road

Chances are, you’ll recognize yourself as one of these personalities and — more importantly — you’ll spot these personalities among other drivers. Knowing how you and everyone else reacts can help you predict and avoid collisions.

The timid driver

The timid driver is the one who drives slower than the speed limit and sometimes brakes without warning on what appears to be a clear road. They can slow sooner than most on an approach to intersections and they are likely very slow to start off again when the light turns green. They appear to be easily startled by driving conditions

How to drive around these drivers: Give them lots of space if you’re driving behind them because they might brake suddenly. Don’t get aggressive. Their style might annoy you but it will make them more timid and unpredictable. Just pass them and keep driving

The aggressor

The aggressor pushes the speed limit, edges into traffic with very little space, and shouts at other drivers even if no one can hear them. The aggressor drives their vehicle pretty hard and they don’t have a lot of patience for slow drivers or unpredictable ones

How to drive around these drivers: Be predictable. Give them plenty of space. Don’t be intimidated if they drive by you while shaking their fist

The distracted driver

The distracted driver might be the parent with three kids in their minivan or they might be the business person with a cell phone. Regardless of the distraction, the result is the same — an activity that requires 100% focus (driving) only gets about 50% focus (or less) because there is something else that is pulling their focus away. These drivers can be unintentionally unpredictable and, as a result, might not speed but might brake or turn suddenly

How to drive around these drivers: Steer clear of them. Their unpredictability is very dangerous. Don’t bother trying to alert them to their lack of focus; they won’t notice you anyway

The show-off

This driver might seem like an aggressor but they have a louder vehicle and something to prove. Therefore, they are easy to provoke and don’t want to be shown up on the road. Passing seems to them to be an invitation to race. Stop lights are just a countdown to a fast take-off

How to drive around these drivers: You’re probably better off behind them (and you won’t be close behind them for long because they’re sure to speed off). Don’t get drawn into foolish driving with them and don’t provoke them to show off

Being aware of these personalities and driving carefully around them won’t solve every collision but it will help to reduce the likelihood of collisions that are caused by “personality conflict” on the road.

If you do get into a collision, bring your vehicle to Boyd Autobody & Glass. We’ll work quickly to get your vehicle safely restored and back out on the road.

Unsafe Driving Excuses (and how to avoid making them)

Popular Excuses People Use When Driving Unsafely

Unfortunately, we never outgrow the need to rely on excuses, and sometimes we feel forced to rely on grown-up versions of those excuses when we drive unsafely.

• “I didn’t wear my seat belt because it was just a quick trip down the street”. This can be easily avoided by always wearing your seat belt any time you get behind the wheel. It doesn’t matter how long your trip is, you should always buckle up.

• “I didn’t realize how fast I was going”. Police hear this one all the time and they don’t believe it. People usually know how fast they were going. By using this excuse, you admit to not paying attention to one of the most important factors of driving!

• “I didn’t see the car in front of me stopping so suddenly.” This is a common reason given for rear-end collisions but you never have to give this excuse if you leave sufficient room between your vehicle and the vehicle in front. Although that isn’t always possible, it’s a good practice to follow.

• “The light turned red but I was going too fast to stop”. This is a common excuse given for running red lights (resulting either in a ticket or in a collision). However, speed is a factor here. In almost all situations (with the exception of icy conditions), drivers shouldn’t have to enter the intersection when the light is red. By the time a light turns red (and as long as a driver is going the speed limit) they have had sufficient warning to stop.

• “I only had a little bit to drink”. This is a common reason given by drunk drivers. Unfortunately “a little bit to drink” such a relative term and the inebriated driver is probably not the best judge of what “a little bit” really is. The best thing to do to avoid this excuse is not to drive after you have had anything to drink.

When we get caught or collide with another vehicle, one of the most common reactions is to come up with an excuse that reduces our level of responsibility in the situation. The tired excuses given above are unfortunately popular and ineffective. There are safe driving best practices you can use, so that you never have to rely on these excuses again.

What to Do After a Collision

Move Your Vehicle

At the time of the collision; most drivers feel that it’s best to leave the vehicle where the accident took place. However, if it’s safe to do so, the vehicle should be moved out of the flow of traffic, as this can help avoid further collisions (by pulling onto a shoulder or side street). Be sure to turn off your vehicle as soon after the collision as possible to prevent further danger from potential leaking fluids which can be combustible. Be sure to turn your hazard lights on to warn drivers of the collision and then exit the vehicle when it is safe to do so.

Check for Injuries

Be sure to check if you have been hurt from the collision, and if there are additional passengers, check to see if they were injured or not. If you or your passengers were significantly injured and require medical attention, it’s vital to call 911 immediately. In addition, if you were unharmed and it is safe to do so, check the passengers in the other vehicle (s) to see if they were injured or not.

Exchange Insurance Information and Document the accident

While you may be overwhelmed and shook up, it’s imperative to remain calm and ensure that all parties involved exchange insurance information and any other details pertaining to the collision. The following details should be obtained:

  • Write down the license plate of the driver (s) as soon as possible, just in case they drive away from the scene of the accident
  • Take note of the time of the collision
  • Where the collision occurred
  • The specific location (intersections)
  • Details of how the collision occurred
  • Collect the contact information of any witnesses that may have been nearby during the time of the collision. This could prove useful down the road as their statements can work in your favor if the matter had to be sent to court
  • The insurance information details should include: the make and model of the vehicle, registration/policy number
  • The name, address and telephone number of those involved in the collision
  • Driver’s license number

If you have a cell phone with a camera, it is recommended to take photos of the scene of the collision and all the vehicles involved.

Call your insurance company as soon as possible

It’s vital to contact your insurance company as soon as possible after the collision has occurred. The insurance company will open up a claim for you and will ask questions about the collision. Be sure to have all of the documented information you have obtained from all parties involved, as this will ensure a smooth process with the insurance company.

If you do get into a collision, Boyd Autobody & Glass can help to restore the safety of your vehicle so you and your family can get back out on the road as quickly as possible! To receive an estimate for collision repairs on your vehicle, contact a Boyd Autobody & Glass near you or request a repair estimate online.

4 Great Mobile Apps for Drivers

The following are some helpful apps for drivers that we think are valuable

Twitter:

Twitter is a great tool that provides real time information. Sometimes it’s not so helpful (I don’t care what kind of sandwich you’re eating) but sometimes it can be helpful. Use Twitter’s search function (http://search.twitter.com) to help you plan your route. Search for the name of your city or town plus the word “traffic”. For example, search “Vancouver Traffic” or the hashtag #vancouvertraffic if you live in Vancouver. (Of course, substitute your own city or town). This can alert you in real time to accidents, construction, lane closures, and more, without having to wait for the traffic report on the radio.

Waze:

Here’s an interesting app that has some interesting potential. It’s called “social GPS” and it provides turn-by-turn GPS functionality for your iPhone or Android device. So, how is it different than regular GPS? As a “social GPS”, it builds off of information from other users so it can respond in real time to road conditions. If only a few people use it, it’s frankly not going to be that helpful (because there is less input for the “real time” component). If many people use it, every additional piece of information can help it to become a useful tool to everyone.

GasBuddy:

Locating the cheapest price to buy gas can help save you a lot of money over time. GasBuddy provides updated gas prices across Canada and United States and is an essential app for those concerned with finding the best gas prices available. Simply by providing your location details the app will provide a list of local gas prices near you.

Car Accident Report:

There’s an app for everything, and it turns out that there’s a app for when you are in a collision. With Car Accident Report you get an iPhone tool that can record a whole bunch of really helpful information when you get into a collision. It will pull in GPS information and Google Maps to help you report what happened, and there is a place to collect driver and witness information.

There isn’t an app yet for when you need a repair after a collision, but when you bring your vehicle to Boyd Autobody & Glass, we can repair it for you quickly and easily to get you back on the road.