• How to Check Your Tire Tread Wear

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    Tire tread level has a profound effect on the vehicle’s handling, braking, and susceptibility to hydroplaning and even tire failure. It’s recommended that you check your vehicle’s tire tread wear every week, as well as before a long trip, to ensure your safety and optimal performance of your vehicle. To check tire tread wear at home, put a quarter, face down, into several grooves of your tires. The tire grooves should always cover at least part of Washington’s head. If they don’t, then your tires have less than 4/32 inches of tread depth. Although 2/32 inches is the legal minimum, experts recommend at least 4/32 inches to reduce the risk of hydroplaning on wet roads.

    For more information about how to check your tire tread wear, call Michael J’s Body Shop at (408) 279-2070 or visit one of our auto repair shops . We can check your tires for tread wear and replace them if they are running low. Visit our website to see where our stores are located in San Jose.

  • Steps to Take Immediately Following a Collision

    Being in a collision can be a very stressful event, but if you are ever in an accident, it can be comforting to know the steps to take. Read this article for more information about the proper steps to take after a collision to ensure that you and your passengers are safe, that the accident is adequately documented, and that your vehicle receives quality auto body repair .

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    Assess the Safety of Yourself and Your Passengers

    After a  car accident , assess your injuries and the injuries of your passengers. Call 911 immediately if anyone needs medical attention. If you are waiting for medical personnel to arrive, you and your passengers should remain in the vehicle with the seatbelt fastened. If the vehicles are in the middle of the road, however, they should be moved to the side to prevent further accidents.

    Access Your Emergency Kit

    You can make or purchase an emergency kit that contains a disposable camera, accident documentation instructions, a cell phone, and a set of warning triangles and cones. In the event of a collision, you can set the cones up so that the scene of the accident is visible to other vehicles.

    Thoroughly Document the Accident

    Exchange your name, phone number, address, driver license number, insurance company, and insurance policy number with the other driver, and get contact information from any witnesses. Gather the name and address of the person to whom the vehicle is insured, if that person is not the driver. Take notes on how the accident happened and the location of the vehicles before and after the accident. Finally, take pictures of the accident, including one of the other driver’s license plate.

    After everyone is safe and an accident report is filed with the police and with your insurance company, it’s time to get your car repaired. At Michael J’s Body Shop of San Jose, we have provided the San Francisco Bay Area with top-notch  collision repair  for more than 20 years. You can learn more about what we have to offer you by visiting our website or giving us a call at (408) 279-2070.

  • Staying Safe While Driving In the Rain

    A downpour can greatly limit your visibility while driving, and even cause your vehicle to lose traction. To make sure that you are safe on wet roads, watch this video for some important safety tips.

    First, make sure that your windshield wipers are free of wear and are no more than one year old. Inspect your tires for wear, and use the “quarter test” or a tire pressure gauge to determine if your tires have at least 4/32 inches of tread. As you are driving in the rain, avoid speeding, because this can cause your vehicle to hydroplane. Always leave at least three seconds between your car and the car in front of you so that you have plenty of time to slow down or stop. Avoid sudden braking, acceleration, or steering, because these things often cause a skid in the rain.

    Does your vehicle need maintenance before the winter rain arrives? If so, come to Michael J’s Body Shop, where we have more than 20 years of experience serving the San Francisco Bay Area with vehicle maintenance and  auto body repair . Browse our website or call (408) 279-2070 for more information.

  • Essential Safety Tips for Driving In the Rain

    The wettest time of year in Northern California is fast approaching. To protect yourself and your passengers from a car accident when it’s raining, you must know how to drive safely in the rain. From knowing how to avoid a skid to handling hydroplaning, the following safety tips will keep you safe when you have to drive in the rain.

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    Prevent Skidding

    Driving slowly, especially around curves, will prevent most skids from occurring. Whenever you move the steering wheel or apply the brakes, do so only with a gentle touch. Stepping on the brakes suddenly can lock up the wheels and cause the vehicle to skid. If you need to slow or stop the car, apply mild pressure on the brake pedal.

    Handling a Skid

    To handle a skidding vehicle, keep calm, gently take your foot off of the gas, and steer the vehicle slowly in the direction that you want the vehicle’s front end to go. If your car does not have anti-lock brakes (ABS), don’t use the brakes, as this will make the skid worse. But if your car has ABS, keep your foot firmly on the brake pedal as you steer.

    Avert Hydroplaning

    Hydroplaning occurs when a vehicle is driving quickly over a wet road so that water pressure lifts the car off of the pavement and onto the thin layer of water under the vehicle’s tires. Driving slowly, avoiding puddles, and keeping your tires properly inflated are all important and effective methods of reducing the risk of hydroplaning,

    Manage Hydroplaning

    If your vehicle ever begins to hydroplane, avoid sudden braking and steering, as this can result in a skid. Take your foot off of the accelerator until you feel the car lowering onto the road again. If you need to apply the brakes, do so gently.

    To have your vehicle’s tires inspected and properly inflated, come to Michael J’s Body Shop, where we are open Monday through Saturday. We also offer state-of-the-art  auto body repair  services. Visit our website to see our locations, and call us at (408) 279-2070 if you have any questions.

  • A Look at the Process Behind Paintless Dent Repair

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    Paintless dent repair is a revolutionary method for removing dents from the body of a vehicle. With this quick and easy dent repair method, a technician is able to repair a dent with only minor services.  During the paintless dent repair process, the technician pinpoints the precise area of the vehicle that has been dented. Using a series of specialized tools, the technician will gently push the dent back into place. A suction device is then used to make sure that each auto body panel is in perfect alignment.

    If you are interested in learning more about the benefits of paintless dent repair, contact Michael J’s Body Shop. At our San Jose auto body and collision repair center , we offer a full range of top quality services for your vehicle. To make a repair appointment for your vehicle today, give our service center a call at (408) 279-2070. For more information about our services, visit our website.