Get More Seat Belt Facts and Car Safety Information with These Resources

Michael J’s Body Shop does more than top-notch auto body repairs . We can also help you make a smart used auto purchase. Also, be sure to check out these online resources to learn more about car safety and auto collision repair.

Foggy Driving Conditions

  • This helpful article from the  Seattle Times  tells you how to  drive in low-visibility  conditions.
  • These alarming statistics from the Centers for Disease Control highlights the importance of  proper seat belt use.
  • Check out this article from  Reader’s Digest  on  safe driving  before your next family road trip.
  • With colder weather on its way, Weather.com has tons of helpful tips for navigating icy winter roads.
  • The National Safety Council hosts a comprehensive online resource with seat belt safety information and  state seat belt laws.

At Michael J’s Body Shop, we are here to make sure your vehicle gets back to a safe driving condition as quickly as possible if you are in a wreck. We are also available for making sure your used car purchase won’t leave you broken down on the side of the road.  Visit us online or call  (408) 279-2070 if you have more questions about our convenient pre-purchase inspections.

Learning How to Augment Your Driving to Suit Road Conditions

Hazardous road conditions may hinder your ability to control your vehicle, increasing your chance of getting into an auto collision . The best way to avoid an accident in harsh weather is to adjust your driving habits to match road conditions. To stay safe and keep your vehicle in one piece, practice these habits when driving in inclement weather or on road surfaces that are less than ideal.

Driving in heavy rain

Prioritize Visibility:  Several types of road conditions can reduce your  visibility of the road . Violent rains, thick snow, and billowing fog can all lower your ability to see the road in front of your vehicle. Reduce your speed and activate your high-beams when you enter areas with low visibility. This precaution will go a long way toward helping you avoid a collision. Experts also recommend pulling your vehicle over to the side of the road and turning your hazard lights on if visibility grows increasingly worse.

Maintain Traction:  A sudden or dramatic loss of traction is a common road hazard that leads to countless numbers of auto accident and collisions each year. Thankfully, precise driving techniques can help you avoid the dangers of a slippery or uneven road.  Rain-slicked roads should be taken slowly and cautiously. Also, avoid sharp turns to reduce your odds of sliding across the road. If you must stop quickly, pump the brake pedal instead of slamming it into the floorboard.

Stay Calm:  The most important tip to remember during hazardous road conditions is to stay calm. Most accidents occur because drivers overreact and overcorrect. However, you can avoid a large majority of driving perils by cautiously reacting to changes in road conditions. Make sure to review these safety tips on a regular basis to build your driving confidence.

Friendly service and reliable repairs make  Michael J’s Body Shop  the top auto collision shop in San Jose. Call us at (408) 279-2070 if your vehicle has suffered damage after an auto collision. Our trained technicians can restore almost any type of auto body damage, so call or stop by today to get your vehicle back in tip-top shape.

How to Stay Safe When Driving in the Rain

Stormy weather and poor road conditions can make it tough to stay safe on the road. Fortunately, there are a few things you can to improve your chances of making it home safely. Watch this video and learn tips that will help you stay in control of your vehicle while driving through heavy rains.

Rain can hinder visibility and traction on the roads, so make sure to pay extra close attention to your surroundings during a storm. Also, be patient and stay calm. Avoid aggressive driving maneuvers and make sure that there is plenty of distance between your car and the vehicle in front of you.

The pros at  Michael J’s Body Shop  have over two decades of experience with restoring and repairing vehicles. We can help return almost any damaged auto body back to its original appearance. Visit our website or call (408) 279-2070 to learn more about our collision repair services. 

A Look at the Facts Behind Seat Belts

Seat belts are a critical part of vehicle safety. These simple restraints protect drivers and passengers from the serious injuries that might occur after an auto collision . Unfortunately, new statistics show that not all drivers are using their seat belt correctly. To help inspire you to buckle up every day, here are a few interesting and eye-opening facts about seat belts.  

Buckle up for safety!

Injury Factors:  According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, just over 2 million adults were treated with serious injuries due to auto collisions in 2009. Of those collision victims, nearly half received less serious injuries or avoided death thanks to their seatbelts. In their studies, the CDC concluded that  seat belts  are even more important for passenger safety than air bags during a collision.

Common Neglectors:  Additional data from the CDC reveals which drivers are most likely to forget their seatbelts. Adults between the ages of 18 and 34 are among the drivers who are least likely to buckle up during a drive. Unfortunately, adults in this age range are also the most likely to be involved in a collision. Gender and environment are also big factors in seatbelt obedience. Men are generally less likely to wear seatbelts, as are drivers who live in rural areas.

State Laws:  California is a primary enforcement buckle-up state. Each and every passenger over the age of 16 in a vehicle must be wearing his or her seat belt at all times. If you are caught driving without your seat belt, you face fines of $142 and up. Make sure to review your state’s seat-belt guidelines before heading out on a road trip to avoid hefty fines.  

The most important thing to consider after an auto collision is the safety of your passengers. Fortunately, Michael J’s Body Shop can restore your vehicle to its pre-accident condition so you and your passengers can have the safety of a vehicle that is structurally and mechanically sound.  Visit our website  or call (408) 279-2070 to learn more about our collision repair services.  

Common Types of Injuries Sustained in Auto Accidents

Most car accidents produce little more than temporary emotional damage. Unfortunately, some accidents result in a life-changing injury or even death. Learn about the injuries a driver might sustain after an auto accident by reading the information below.  

 

Car wreck

Whiplash

Whiplash is the common term used to describe a  neck injury after a crash , often resulting from a rear-end collision. Drivers experience whiplash after the sudden and violent forward motion the skull makes when the car is hit from behind. Physical damage includes muscle strain and/or tearing of the soft tissue in the neck. In severe cases, nerves, discs, ligaments, and vertebrae are damaged as well.

Back Injuries

Back injuries are another common injury suffered by drivers after an auto accident. Compression fractures to the back are the most serious in this category and can lead to permanent disability in some cases. Spinal cord injuries are also common and often serious. Symptoms of spinal cord injuries include weakened arms or legs, respiratory problems, nerve numbness, abnormal bladder and bowel control, and paralysis.

Lower Body Injuries

Lower body and leg injuries are commonly found on the scene of an auto accident, especially in cases where the front of a vehicle has been compacted inward at impact.  When a collision forces the parts of the dash and steering wheel towards the driver’s lower body, their hips, legs, ankles, and organs can be damaged. In worst case scenarios extensive hospitalization, total hip replacement, and amputation may be required as treatment.

Overexertion

Oddly enough, the second most common car-related injury is due to overexertion from pushing a car. Sometimes people try to push immobile vehicles off the road after an accident, but because the vehicle mobility is often compromised after an accident, people will overexert themselves. Some common injuries include strained back and thigh muscles.

While you are recovering from an auto accident, Michael J’s Body Ship will help your car recover. Our full service collision repair center performs auto body and paint restorations. We also offer post-accident wheel alignment and suspension services.  Give us a call today  at (408) 279-2070 to find out why we’ve been successful in the Bay Area for more than 20 years.

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