Experts at Alan’s Collision Center say that an auto collision occurs every seven years. Hopefully, your safe driving and the safer driving of others on the roadways defy that statistic. Auto collisions and the health of your car go hand in hand.
If you maintain a healthy vehicle and maintenance schedule for breaks, especially, you’ll be able to pass your automobile down to the next driver in the family.
According to The Car Connection and IHS Automotive, people are keeping their vehicles longer than ever before. There is a record high of 11.5 years of single ownership for a vehicle documented right now.
Here are some of the reasons contributing to this record:
1. The recession in 2009 contributed to lengthier ownership of vehicles.
2. Electric cars have fewer moving parts and require less maintenance.
3. According to HIS as reported by The Car Connection, “Motorists now keep new vehicles for an average of 77.8 months — 26 months longer than they did in 2006. In the case of used cars, owners hold onto them for an average of 63 months, up 25 months.
4. Fewer cars are getting scrapped as the number of auto collisions is not rising.
According to the U.S. Census, auto fatalities from involving one vehicle has declined almost 22 percent from 2005 to 2009.
There are tougher laws in place throughout the nation that are contributing to safety. Driving through Chicago this summer, people saw the toll-way billboards with digital messages about banning cell phones in construction zones.
Illinois and Chicago, in particular, has become a leading state for use of cellphones while driving, and rightly so. With 8 million residents in its region and 500,000 cars on all the metropolitan expressways every day, there needs to be safety while driving to avoid auto collisions.
In Pennsylvania, and NE Philadelphia where Alan’s Collision Center is located, there’s a primary ban on texting for drivers of all ages in the state. This includes school bus drivers, too. https://ghsa.org/html/stateinfo/bystate/pa.html
Pennsylvania has not enacted a boost in speed limit, electing to stay at 65 mph for both rural and urban roadways. Many other states have boosted rural regions and sections of interstate before and after large metropolitan cities to 70 mph.
To identify the safe-driving laws throughout the nation, especially if you’re heading out on summer vacation in August, go to one of the ubiquitous government websites where automobile safety and consumer driving data are published. One simple to use site is Distraction.gov where you can see the laws for distracted driving in the states through which you’ll drive.
Auto Collisions And The Health Of Your Car
Regardless of how well you maintain your vehicle with service appointments, when you’re in an auto collision, the health of your car may not contribute to the extent of the auto body repair required.
When there are recalls, the likes of the Takata airbag recall, it’s important to follow the instructions to get your vehicle into the dealership for the recall. For another government website that provides status of recalls, you can visit SaferCar.gov.
Alan’s Collision Center recently launched an auto body post-repair inspection program. If you take your vehicle in for collision repair at a reputable collision repair center, then your vehicle should be in good condition like new when it’s complete.
If you’re unsure whether the collision repair was done to 100 percent satisfaction, then you can bring it to Alan’s Collision Center for a re-inspection. The experts there will do a visual inspection of your vehicle and look for obvious and poorly done craftsmanship. After a conversation to inform you about what was seen, you can determine whether to reopen your case with the insurance company and previous collision center or to hire a more trusted auto body repair business.
So, if you’re concerned with auto collisions and the health of your car, reach out to Alan’s Collision Center in NE Philadelphia. We’re happy to help.