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

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

Fun, Historical Car Facts

Men have been in love with cars since their invention. Love stories have included some of the most amazing cars a person can imagine.  Our cars are part of us and can reflect who we are, or at least who we think we are.   ICC Collision Centers knows the love of cars.  We have the passion for that beautiful ride as well.  Here are some interesting car facts showing how cars have impacted our lives for many years. 
*Adolf Hitler asked Ferdinand Porsche to make a Volkswagen, which literally means ‘People’s Car’ in German.  This car went on to be the Volkswagen Beetle.  It has been said that this drawing is actually Hitler’s own sketch of what he wanted the car to look like.

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** The most expensive car ever sold at public auction was a 1954 Mercedes-Benz W196R Formula 1 race car.  This beauty sold for a staggering $30 million at Bonhams in July 2013.  The record had been held by the 1957 Ferrari Testa Rossa Prototype which sold for $16.4 million. 
*** When Henry Ford was a young man he use to repair watches for his family and friends using tools he had made himself.  He used a corset stay as tweezers and a filed shingle nail as a screwdriver.
****In 1961 55% of the cars in the world, yes the WORLD, were Model T Fords!  This is still an unbroken record 99 years later!
***** The British luxury car marque Aston Martin’s name came from one of its founders Lionel Martin who use to race at Aston Hills near Aston Clinton.
****** Volkswagen names many of its cars after wind.  Example- Golf –Gulf Stream, Polo – Polar winds, Jetta – Jet Stream and Passat- A German word for trade wind.
******* Jamaican reggae singer Bob Marley owned a BMW, not for prestige but because of the initials for Bob Marley & the Wailers. J
ICC Collision knows your vehicle is important to you.  It doesn’t matter if it’s a BMW, Ford, Chevy or Aston Martin it’s your pride and joy!  We ensure your vehicle is repaired to pre-accident condition or restored to its original beauty.   With several locations to serve you, we are always close by! 

Where will the Future of cars bring us?

Toyota wants the Mirai to become the first mass produced Hydrogen Car.

What is a Hydrogen Car?
Hydrogen cars are very different as all other automobiles (gasoline, battery, hybrid).
Here’s the way they work..
A hydrogen car is a 100% electric car, but instead of a battery it uses hydrogen fuel cells. These are simple, feed them hydrogen gas and they will constantly generate electricity. These are similar to a battery that never need recharging. There is no combustion, hydrogen gas is merely fed to theSo, where do you get the hydrogen?
The cars carry high pressure tanks of hydrogen to deliver their fuel cells. The tanks get filled again at a hydrogen gas station, and the filling procedure is very similar to regular gas filling. The hydrogen gas station delivers its hydrogen on the spot. Exactly how? By electrolysis of water. Yes, the raw material to generate hydrogen gas is water! So, the hydrogen gas station makes hydrogen from water. Vehicles refill their hydrogen tanks. The hydrogen passes through the car’s fuel cells to produce the energy that drives the car. And the exhaust? The car’s exhaust is water vapor!
No Polluting.

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The entire thing is a water to water cycle! The range of a hydrogen car is the identical to a gasoline car, and the refueling time is the same. Also, hydrogen is the most abundant element in the world. So I doubt we’ll be depleted!
What are your thoughts on this topic?
Content written by Ken Abbott, Internet Marketing Consultant

Michelin Reinvents The Wheel

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Article by ,Gijs van Wulfen, courtesy of Linkedin..

You will get no flat tires anymore, as Michelin introduces the Tweel: the first commercialized airless radial tire. The main advantage over pneumatic tires is that the Tweel® does not contain compressed air. It cannot burst, leak pressure, or become flat.

The Tweel was invented 10 years ago. The concept was introduced at the 2005 North American International Auto Show. TIME Magazine named the Tweel as one of the most amazing inventions of 2005. The Tweel is a revolutionary non-pneumatic tire that changed the configuration of a conventional tire.It brings together the tire and the wheel assembly into one solid unit. The Tweel comprises a rigid hub connected to a shear beam by means of flexible, deformable polyurethane spokes, all functioning as a single unit.

Wikipedia reports that Michelin North America Inc. began sales of the Tweel for skid-steer loaders used in landscaping, construction, contracting, refuse/recycling and agricultural industries in 2012. Now, 10 years after the invention, Michelin starts mass commercialization and opens the first manufacturing plant to build its revolutionary airless tire in North America.

As a car driver the big advantage is the end of the flat tire. This will solve a very relevant problem for car drivers all over the world and creates a huge competitive advantage for Michelin. Now my main question is, why is the Tweel not yet available for ordinary passenger cars? Is the Tweel still too expensive? Is production capacity a problem? Or, is Michelin afraid of cannibalizing its pneumatic tire sales?

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