Driving Precautions that will Help You Avoid an Accident

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Some safe driving tips may seem obvious, but they are important to follow if you want to minimize your chances of a collision. At Michael J’s Body Shop, we think it’s important to remind the San Jose community of ways to stay safe and avoid visiting an auto body repair shop. Here are some of the most important driving precautions that will help you avoid an accident.

Keep the Kids and Pets Contained

If you transport kids, make sure they are always buckled in their seats. Letting kids roam around the cabin is not only unsafe for them in the event of a collision, but it actually increases the risk of a collision due to distractions. All it takes is an accidental bump or scream to distract the driver and cause a collision. The same is true of pets: Keep them contained for their safety and yours.

Limit or Avoid Cell Phone Use

There are a number of technologies that allow you to talk and text while you drive without requiring you to take your hands off of the wheel, or even your eyes off of the road. But remember that the harder you concentrate on something other than driving, the less attention you have to devote to the act of driving itself. A survey by U.S. News and World Report found that the role of cell phone distraction in collisions is underreported, and that as many as one in four crashes involves cell phone distraction.

Change Lanes Cautiously

Never change lanes without first checking your mirrors, blind spot sensors, or turning your head to see if there is a car you would be merging into. Cutting in front of someone, not using your signals, or changing lanes too quickly can upset other drives and even cause a collision.

Michael J’s Body Shop is San Jose’s preferred body shop , known for offering prompt, high-quality auto body repair. For more information about the services we have offered the Bay Area for the last 26 years, visit our website. And if you have any questions about our collision repair services, call us at (408) 279-2070. 

Staying Safe When You Are Driving in Traffic

Driving safely in traffic can be challenging, but knowing how to do so is important because it reduces your risk of getting into a collision. The most essential rule when driving in traffic is not to switch lanes unless you are sure you have a clear path. Only switch lanes if you have checked your mirrors or turned your head to make sure no one is in the way. Watch the video clip for more tips on driving safely in traffic.

At Michael J’s Body Shop of San Jose, we offer a wide range of collision repair services for a great value. We have been in the business since 1988 and are proud to be family owned and operated. Give us a call at (408) 279-2070 or click over to our website to learn more about our collision and auto body repair services in the Bay Area. 

Keep Your Car Looking Great with These Summer Maintenance Tips

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Going to a car wash regularly is the most important summer car maintenance service if you want your car to look like it did the day you purchased it. At Michael J’s Body Shop, San Jose’s leading body shop , we recommend these summer maintenance tips to keep your car looking great—and we know all about keeping cars and trucks looking like new.

Wash and Clean Your Car Regularly

Visit a professional car wash that washes the exterior with a soft cloth and dries it by hand, as this will produce the best clean. We also recommend waxing or polishing your vehicle every couple of months to preserve the shine and make washing the vehicle easier. Clean the interior thoroughly with a vacuum and use carpet shampoo to restore the look of the floor mats.  

Keep Up With Tire and Wiper Maintenance

Measure the tread depth once per month to make sure each tire has more than 4/32 inches of tread. Use the tire pressure gauge once per month to ensure each tire has the recommended air pressure, which is found inside the driver’s doorsill. If you notice uneven tread, head to an auto repair shop to see if it’s time for tire maintenance such as a wheel alignment or tire rotation service. This summer, replace the windshield wipers if they are more than six months old to stay safe while keeping your windshield looking nice.

Visit a Body Shop to Repair the Dents and Dings

With advancements in paintless dent repair, you can visit a body shop and have dings and minor damage repaired in the same day for much less than you would pay for a traditional dent-repair service. Have dings and dents repaired as soon as they occur to keep your car looking great on all of your summer road trips.

Michael J’s Body Shop has two state-of-the-art auto body repair shops in San Jose. With more than 20 years of experience to offer, our body shop can help restore your vehicle and make it look new again. For more information about our collision repair services, head to our website or call us at (408) 279-2070.

Tips for Selecting the Right Body Shop for Your Needs

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If your vehicle was damaged by a storm, rust, acid rain, years of sunlight exposure, or a collision, you will need to look around for the right body shop. While insurance companies may have a recommendation for you, it is ultimately your responsibility to choose who performs collision repairs for you. Picking the right body shop makes a big difference in how long you wait for your vehicle to be repaired, as well as the quality and value of the repair.

First, choose a shop with lots of experience to offer. A reputable body shop should also have certification from the National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence (ASE). Choose a body shop that works with insurance companies directly, and meets the strict collision repair standards of every car insurance company in California.

Michael J’s Body Shop in San Jose has been in business since 1988. We remain a family-owned body shop committed to value, customer service, and top-quality collision repair. To learn more about our auto body shop and our collision repair services, visit our website or call us at (408) 279-2070.

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