The Most Common Causes of Auto Collisions

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During the Summer more people are on the road.  Traffic is heavier and we travel greater distances.  All of this extra time on the roads increases our chances of being involved in a collision.  Statistics show young drivers are more likely to have a collision but it doesn’t make the rest of us immune.  We share the roads with drivers young and old and we can all be affected by the mistakes of others.  ICC Collison Centers wants all of us to come back alive so here are some of the common causes of collisions.

Being distracted while driving

Cell phones, texting while driving, eating and passengers are all common distractions.  While some can be totally eliminated (texting, cell phone and food) others cannot, such as passengers.  If you have small children you know it is impossible to not be distracted at least a tiny bit.  Crying, temper tantrums or fighting amongst siblings is not something you can just ignore at will.  Sometimes the best you can do is pull into a safe location, address the situation and then resume your drive.  Cell phones, texting and eating while driving is easily avoided and there is never an excuse to do them while driving.  Remember it is not just you on the roads and if you have a collision chances are you will involve at least one other vehicle.

Taking risks

Ignoring traffic signals or speed zones, changing lanes without using signals or checking blind spots all are considered “risky behavior”.  The difference in risky behavior and distracted driving is choice.  You make a choice to drive in an unsafe manner whereas distracted driving is often the result of ignorance.

Speeding

Most of us speed occasionally but teens do so at a much higher rate.  Teens don’t have a good sense of how a cars speed can affect their response time.   On average teens drive faster than all other drivers as a whole.  In 2008 studies show that 37% of fatal crashes with 16-20 year old male drivers involved speeding.

Driving under the influence

As long as there has been cars on the roads there has been a problem with driving under the influence.  The laws nationwide have become harsher for drivers over the limit.  During the holiday season this is a major problem.  We all know when we have had too much to drink.  There is no excuse for anyone to get behind the wheel while intoxicated.  Call a taxi, a friend or a parent but do NOT get behind the wheel drunk….period!

Tailgating

Following too closely seriously reduces your response time.  It makes the driver in front of you uncomfortable and is an all-around bad idea.  If the driver in front of you has to break quickly chances are you will not have enough time to stop without colliding into the back of their vehicle.  99% of the time you will be deemed at fault and will be ticketed.  This is a common error teenagers make.  Statistics show female drivers between the ages of 16-21 are more likely to tailgate compared to drivers over the age of 22.

Driving drowsy

Driving when you are extremely tired can be as dangerous as driving under the influence.  During the holiday season when we are all on the go to family gatherings or company parties we are all tired.  Knowing when we are just too tired get behind the wheel can save not only your life, your passenger’s lives and the lives of countless others on the road.

ICC Collision Centers has several locations to serve you if you do have a collision.  Our goal is to not only be here for you if you vehicle needs repairs but to educate you in the common reasons collisions happen.  If we all take a few moments before we get behind the wheel to determine if we are ready for that trip we could save thousands of lives.

ICC Collision Centers wants you to know the dangers of driving at any time of the year.  Do your part this summer season to make our roads a safer place.  Pay attention and always be alert!

ICC Collision Centers

3131 Standard Avenue

Santa Ana, California 92705

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10 things to Check before your Road Trip!

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Everyone loves the Summertime.  We have the freedom to drive to different places and explore unknown areas. Going on long Road Trips seems to be something almost every family does together at one point or another during the hot summer months.  But before you leave, you will want to make sure you have taken care of all of the following, so that you don’t get stranded.

 1.  Car Battery

Clean any corrosion build up, and test the cold cranking amps and voltage output to make sure it is at or above the batteries specs.  If below specs, the battery is probably on it’s way out and should definitely be replaced.

2.   Tires

Check pressure for manufactures suggested pressure.  Also look for any damage to the sidewall dry rotting or cracks and/or foreign objects in the tread.  If you find damage or foreign objects in the tread, the tire should definitely be replaced.  Tires that are over 10 years old or have excessive dry rotting should be replaced.

3.  Spare Tire

Even though your spare tire gives you piece of mind, you may want to make sure that it is in the proper condition to be used as a “spare”.   Check the spare’s Tire Pressure as well as the outside of the tire for any damage.  Make sure the jack and lug wrench are functioning properly.  If your vehicle is not equipped with a spare tire, make sure to have a backup such as a spare tire flat kit.  Also make sure that the kit is not expired.  Yes, they do expire.

4.  Fluids

Before leaving on your trip, check to make sure all fluids are at top levels.  Just don’t overfill them.  Make sure to include the oil, transmission, power steering, coolant and windshield washer fluid.

5.  Check Belts and Hose for any Signs of Cracks or Leaks

6.  Check and Make sure the Horn functions Properly

7.  Lights

Make sure all Lights on your vehicle are functioning.  This includes the turn signals, brakes, headlights as well as hazard and interior lights.

8.  Make sure you Windshield does not have any rock chips or cracks

9.  Windshield Wipers

Make certain that the Windshield wipers are functioning at 100% capacity and their cleaning ability is flawless.

10.  Front Bumper

Make sure to check for any obstructions in the grill as well as under the front bumper.

These are just the basics when it comes to auto maintenance prior to a roadtrip.  Depending on the make, model, year and condition of your vehicle, some of these may or may not apply.  Regardless, before venturing out on the road, the most important thing you can do for you and your passengers is make sure that they are safe.  Once Safety is addressed, the Road Trip should go pretty smooth.

Wherever you decide to travel this summer, just make sure to Enjoy!

ICC Collision Centers

3131 Standard Avenue

Santa Ana, California 92705

Self Driving Cars: The Future of the Automotive Industry

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So I’m sure you have heard all the talk about driverless cars and also heard the views of those who are against the prospect of a computer being in control of the machines we love so much.

Are we really going to trust that artificial intelligence will get us where we need to go and do it in the safest manner possible? I can tell you that we are on the verge of that prospect being reality. But have you ever stopped to consider what life with driving might be like? Imagine for a minute what your morning commute might be like if you were able to actually do work on your way to the office. Instead of fighting traffic, what if you were able to start your workday before you get to the office?   

Gone will be the days of road rage and morning collisions which only make your commute longer. Imagine sitting in your car office and getting actual work done. Sit back, relax, and let the car do the driving. Think about our cars communicating with each other and no longer will we need to give the car in front of us adequate breaking distance. Our cars will be able to run closely together in front and behind virtually eliminating traffic jams. The human element will be gone and we can let the computers do the talking. Family trips will actually be fun when the whole family can spend quality time together instead of Mom or Dad being stressed out of making the wrong turn or missing an exit. Soon we will just enter our destination, and the car will do the rest.  There is no doubt we are closer than ever to this being a reality.

In the meantime people will continue to get into car accidents, and when you do, ICC will be right there to fix the damage.

ICC Collision Centers

3131 Standard Ave

Santa Ana, California

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Car Accidents in the US. Top 3 Causes

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Now more than ever before, Americans are on this search for pretty much everything. Excessive multi- tasking is more typical today than it has ever before been in history. With more people using email, texting, phone calls & the massive shift toward relentless communication, individuals seem to be in a rush to get everything done in a more efficient manner. However when you are considering driving, it is never been more valuable to simply slow down for just a second and breathe. Your life, safety and also the lives of other people all depend on you to make a good choice while behind the wheel of a car.

CAR ACCIDENTS IN AMERICA: TOP 3 CAUSES

Car accidents are a serious epidemic in the United States. Roughly 10 million people get in at least one car accident annually. It is also the major cause of death for teens in The usa according to the CDC and Prevention. There is no denying that car accidents cause needless injury & death, as well as devastation each and every year.

  1. Driving Drunk

Driving under the influence is one of the most harmful behaviors on the road today. Over 1.41 million drivers were arrested in 2014 based on mere suspicion of DUI. MADD aka Mothers Against Drunk Driving – has estimated that 300,000 occurrences of driving while intoxicated occur daily. It goes without saying that driving while intoxicated is hazardous and negligent. Crashes that occur by way of drunk driving are totally preventable. Play your part in protecting yourself and others by continually designating a sober driver with plenty of forethought. Pre-pay and arrange for your taxi or uber ride before even deciding to go out. Just as well, hid your friends’ keys if you suspect they might be too intoxicated to drive.

  1. Speeding or Driving Above the Speed Limit

Every little thing around us is based on the lure of quick convenience. Drive-thrus, ATMs, as well as corner stores are a few examples of society’s need to be speedy and fast paced. Howeverwhile on the road, speed is undoubtedly deadly. Speeding is among the most prevalent causes of car accident today, according to the U.S. DOT. Speeding contributes to about a third of automobile accidents in America. Give yourself enough time to get where you need to be and simply SLOW DOWN. It is not worth saving Ten minutes for the potential risk of a car accident where you or another driver could potentially lose their life.

  1. Driving While Distracted

Driving While Distracted continues to be the number one leading cause of car accidents in the United states. Talking on the phone, reading, eating, texting and talking are only a few of the ways drivers get distracted when driving. Drivers who use a hand-held device are 4 x more likely to get into a car accident than drivers that pay attention to the road they are driving on. Individuals who text message while driving are 23 times more likely to get into an accident. Do not risk your safety or the safety of others. Put everything down and take notice to the road ahead. It is truly the most important thing that can be done today to lower your risk of getting yourself into a car accident.

What is the Difference Between a bumper to bumper and power train warranty?

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If you’re looking to purchase a car, you’ll find that many certified pre owned or new cars offer 2 major types of warranties: a powertrain warranty as well as a bumper-to-bumper warranty. Obviously, there are several other warranties, for instance a corrosion warranty; however these would be the 2 most significant simply because they cover by far the most components inside your car. What exactly makes bumper-to-bumper warranties and powertrain warranties so different? Below you will find almost everything you’ll want to know.

What’s Covered With a Powertrain Warranty?

This is a warranty on components of the car’s propulsion system, like the engine, transmission and other associated pieces including the differential. Powertrain warranties also often cover almost anything involved in bringing energy or power for the wheels.

It’s important to note that not everything in this new car is covered simply with a powertrain warranty. Some parts are thought to be “wear items,” meaning they are designed to wear down; therefore any type of warranty simply will not purchase their substitution. These include the clutch & the battery as well as certain drive belts & fluids.

What exactly is covered under a Bumper-to-Bumper Warranty?

A bumper-to-bumper warranty, aka comprehensive warranty, covers all things starting with the front bumper and ending with the back bumper, this excludes the bumpers themselves of course, that are considered body panels and are not covered. Extra coverage beyond the powertrain warranty includes items including the car’s electronics, its music system, its AC system, certain suspension pieces & more. Since bumper-to-bumper warranties cover far more than powertrain warranties, they often times do not last as long.

But try not to think any warranty covers everything simply because it advertises on its own as “bumper to bumper.” Many wear parts are excluded from the bumper-to-bumper warranty.

What is the Difference Really?

Essentially, a powertrain warranty was created to cover only the car’s powertrain, which is a car’s biggest & most expensive component. Meanwhile, the bumper-to-bumper warranty covers almost every thing such as the powertrain, the suspension, the electronics, & more. As a result, a bumper-to-bumper warranty is exactly what you’ll want more than anything, in the event your bumper-to-bumper warranty expires or your used car program only offers powertrain protection, you can be confident understanding the majority of your car’s costly systems will be covered by the powertrain warranty.

In the event that you have a traffic collision, regardless of which type of warranty you purchased, make sure to take your vehicle to a reputable body shop or collision center such as ICC Collision Centers

ICC Collision Centers

3131 Standard Ave

Santa Ana California

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