Monthly Archives: February 2017

Funny Vehicle Safety Features That We’ll Never See

Although We Want Safe Vehicles, There Is A Limit

Here are some safety features you’ll never see:

  • Glow-in-the-dark vehicle: “But officer, I didn’t see the car” is a common complaint. This is solved if we all drove around in glow-in-the-dark vehicles
  • Sumo belts: Instead of a seatbelt, drivers get into those novelty sumo wrestling suits so that, in the event of a collision, everyone bounces around harmlessly inside the vehicle
  • Mandatory indicators: Who hasn’t seen drivers turn without signalling, or drivers who signal without turning. It’s a common sight on the road. Indicators and turning signals should be connected so that drivers cannot turn without first having their signal on, and drivers cannot signal without also turning
  • Giant indicators: Some collisions occur because one driver didn’t notice the other driver’s indicator lights. So giant halogen indicators that indicate every turn with clarity might actually be helpful
  • Balloon fenders: Our vehicles are becoming increasingly aware. So when they sense a collision about to strike, they deploy airbags outside of the vehicle to protect the vehicle against anything that might hit it
  • Following-too-close alarms: vehicles should come equipped with the ability to detect when another vehicle is following too closely and when it is traveling at an unsafely close distance, the vehicle in front should have flashing lights to warn the other driver to back up a little
  • A big sign on top of the vehicle: It’s easy for drivers to become fixated on the vehicle in front of them and ignore the much safer driving technique of watching several vehicles in front. That will become easier if every vehicle was equipped with a big sign on the top of the vehicle that showed the speed of the vehicle, turning indicators, and how many driving violations the driver has had
  • Following-too-close alarms: It wouldn’t hurt to have the same alarm inside vehicle, too, to warn drivers when they are following too closely to a vehicle in front of them
  • Giant blindspot mirrors: Drivers shouldn’t be able to make a lane change without first checking their blindspot
  • Mandatory two-handed steering wheels: vehicles shouldn’t be able to drive without two hands on the steering wheel

It’s not likely that these features will be included in our vehicles any time soon, but it is humorous to consider how different life would be (and how safer our roads would be) if they did exist.

Until these things are put into our vehicles, we’re stuck with the risk of collisions. So if you get into a collision, bring your vehicle to Boyd Autobody & Glass for a fast, safe repair.

Is Your Vehicle NASCAR Safe?

There’s the Nationwide Series or the bigger, faster, and more famous Sprint Cup Series. (There’s also a truck series and a Canadian NASCAR series, too). It’s a popular sport that can attract over a hundred thousand spectators to a single race. Every fan has their favorite driver and the roar of the crowd at those races is almost as loud as the roar of the engines.

In those races, the vehicles go very fast around a track, and in very close proximity. And sometimes, they collide for an explosive (and entertaining) collision that causes cars to go spinning around the track and over the grass.

But the drivers are very safe. Although there are injuries (and even the occasional tragic death), NASCAR cars are extremely safe. They have very strong cages that the vehicle is built around. The drivers are wedged in tightly with a lot of straps and protective padding. There are special “fins” on the vehicle that are built to keep the car close to the ground so that it is not likely going to flip over if it spins around. The barriers are made of foam and are highly absorbent. (Those “safer barriers” were put in place after Dale Earnhardt Senior lost his life in a crash several years ago). And there is a team of highly trained specialists who can respond to a crash in an instant. NASCAR drivers wear helmets and flame retardant suits because of the high temperatures that they experience in the vehicle.

Components That Make Your Vehicle NASCAR Safe

You might not be driving a NASCAR vehicle and you’re not going to be going nearly as fast but you have a lot of similar features built into your vehicle. Your vehicle is built around a special cage designed to protect the inhabitants of the vehicle. As well, the engine compartment and trunk are designed to crumple and fold up like an accordion instead of pushing into the passenger compartment. As well, the strong engine and the spare tire both offer additional protection in the event of a collision. Although our roads don’t have special “safe barriers” on them, most vehicles do, in the form of airbags. You also have a seatbelt to keep you in place. Your vehicle’s glass is designed to crumble instead of shatter to reduce injury when it breaks.

Although you may never drive as fast as those race car drivers do, your car has many of the safety features that are found in a NASCAR vehicle.

If you find yourself in a collision, the collision repair experts at Boyd Autobody & Glass are like your own personal pit crew, dedicated to repairing your vehicle and getting you back on the road quickly and safely.

Your Vehicle’s Glass is a Key Component to Your Safety

Your Vehicle’s Glass Is A Key Component In Your Safety

Even if it doesn’t get the recognition it deserves. Here’s why:

  1. You vehicle’s glass is very strong and takes a beating, protecting you from wind, dirt, dust, rocks, bugs, snow, ice and rain
  2. Your vehicle’s glass is part of the structural integrity of your vehicle. Most people don’t realize this but your vehicle’s windows are designed to help maintain the shape of your vehicle and to keep the roof from collapsing in on the occupants in the event of a collision
  3. Your vehicle’s glass is specially designed to be crumble instead of shatter in the event of a collision. Although this glass can still potentially cut you, it is designed so that it turns into tiny pebbles instead of dangerous, knife-like shards

Your vehicle’s glass cares for you. Here’s how to care for your vehicle’s glass…

  1. Keep your windows clean. Whenever you pull in to a gas station to fuel up, wash the outside of your windows. Dirty windows keep you from seeing properly and can create blindspots which can lead to collision. Be sure to wash the inside of your windows periodically, too, because even dirty windows on the inside can keep you from seeing out easily, especially when it’s sunny
  2. When you see a crack or chip in your glass, get it repaired right away. Although these are small and seemingly harmless, your windows take such abuse all year ’round that those chips and cracks can spread. And the result is: Your windshield’s strength is compromised and it doesn’t provide the same level of strength that it once did
  3. In the winter, make sure you completely clear the snow and ice off of each window. Many people only chip a small amount of snow or ice off of their windows but they leave most of their windows covered, turning their vehicles into giant blindspots

Your vehicle’s glass is an important component in your safety. Take the time to care for the glass so you can stay safer on the road.

If you do get a chip, crack, or broken window, bring your vehicle into the glass repair experts at Boyd Autobody & Glass. We’ll repair or replace your window quickly to restore the safety of your vehicle once again.

How to Stay Safe While Driving Next to the Parking Lane

Here’s how to drive a little more safely when there’s a parking lane to the right of you

  • Look ahead to take in the full line-up of vehicles, don’t just look one or two vehicle lengths ahead
  • If possible, pull over just a little to your left (while remaining in your lane) to give yourself just a little extra room
  • Slow down slightly to give yourself some time to react in case someone makes a sudden movement
  • Watch for indicator signals of vehicles that are pulling out of the parking lane into your lane
  • Watch for movement as vehicles break the pattern of being lined up with the curb, and watch for turning front tires as vehicles start to edge out into traffic
  • Look through the rear windows of each vehicle to watch for the silhouette of someone’s head in the driver’s seat. This isn’t fool-proof (they might have tinted window or they might be too short for their head to appear over the headrest) but it can give you an indication of a parked vehicle that might pull out into your lane
  • Looking for heads in vehicles is also a great way to watch for the risk of doors opening up in front of you
  • Keep an eye out for pedestrians: Watch for feet by looking underneath some of the parked vehicles ahead of you and watch for heads by looking above some of the parked vehicles ahead of you. This is more difficult when there are kids. Slow down slightly because kids can run out from between parked vehicles without considering the danger. Pay particular attention to the risk of running children during the summer and during the time that kids might be walking to school or home after school
  • Stay several vehicle lengths back from any vehicle that is driving in the lane ahead of you. If they stop suddenly and start to back up into a spot, you’ll want time to slow down (plus you’ll want to give them enough room to back up)

Parking lanes might be full of stopped vehicles but that doesn’t mean that the risk of collision is gone. In fact, quite the opposite: Parking lanes present a number of potential collision scenarios that safe drivers watch for, and even expect.

Whether you are driving or parked, collisions can still happen. If they do, bring your vehicle to our team of collision repair experts at Body Autobody & Glass.