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Nobody gets behind the wheel expecting to get into an auto accident, but they can and do happen every day. Though you can restore your car’s appearance with help from a trusted auto mechanic, why risk getting into an accident in the first place? Below are a few tips to help you protect your investment:

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Maintain Your Vehicle

Regular auto maintenance ensures that your car will perform as effectively as possible in an emergency. Don’t just change the oil and filters and call it quits; keep in mind that your tires, suspension, and brake system will typically have the most significant impact on overall performance during emergency maneuvers.

Get Rid of Bad Habits

Distracted driving was a risk factor in approximately 10 percent of auto accidents in 2011 ( These days, paying attention to the road is easier said than done thanks to cell phones, mp3 players, and navigation systems. It’s easy to habitually change the radio station or check your phone while driving, but consider how far your car is moving when your eyes are off of the road; your car travels over 80 feet in a second at 55 mph, meaning that with an average reaction speed of one second you could cross over half a football field before your foot touches the brake.

Plan Your Commute

It may come as no surprise that weekend evenings are statistically the most dangerous time to drive, but what may surprise you is how much more dangerous it is. According to estimates from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, the fatality rate of nighttime crashes is three times that of daytime crashes. The most dangerous month of the year to drive in August.

Michael J’s Body Shop has been helping residents of San Jose and the surrounding areas stay safe on the road for over 20 years. We work directly with auto insurers to help you resolve auto collision repairs as quickly as possible. Learn more about our services online and call 408-279-2070 today to set up an appointment.