Apr 20 2017

Defensive Driving: What You Need To Know

Regardless of how confident you are in your driving skills, once you hit the road, there is risk for an accident. Most vehicle accidents are caused by driver error which includes poor judgment calls, driver recklessness, driver inattention and more. Driving defensively involves being alert, aware and safe while operating a motor vehicle. Below are a few defensive driving tips to help stay safe on the road.

Be Aware of Your Surroundings

While it may sound obvious, it is important to pay attention to what is on the road (and near the road) by scanning the horizon and looking ahead. Check your blind spots before changing lanes and alert drivers to changes you plan to make such as using your turn signal before making a turn. When you are aware of “the big picture” around you, you will be safer and a more defensive driver.

Anticipate Obstacles

Even the best drivers are unable to predict what other drivers around them will do. There are all kinds of factors that are out of your control that can lead to an accident. Be cautious on the roads and anticipate other drivers unexpected moves such as running red lights or stop signs. Staying alert will allow you to be prepared to react appropriately.

Minimize Distractions

Before you head out on the road, take the time to minimize all distractions that can cause you to take your eyes off the road. Turn off your cellphone, make sure your mirrors are adjusted correctly, pre-set your radio & GPS unit before heading out on the road. You simply cannot drive safely and defensively if you’re distracted. If something demands your attention while driving, pull off the road safely before attending to it.

Maintain a Safe Following Distance

Following the car in front of you too closely or tailgating limits your ability to react to changes on the road ahead. Maintain a safe following distance between you and the vehicle in front of you. Follow the “two second rule” by staying at least two seconds behind any vehicle that’s in front of you. Remaining at least two seconds from the vehicle in front of you will provide a distance of one car length per 8 km/h (5 mph), regardless of what speed you are traveling.

Looking for an Auto Body Shop in the Vancouver Area?

By following the defensive driving tips above, you can keep yourself safer while behind the wheel. If you do become involved in an accident, the team at Kirmac Collision and Autoglass can help. We offer auto glass repair and collision repair services to the BC lower mainland and greater Vancouver areas. We proudly operate 17 locations throughout the Metro Vancouver area to make it convenient for vehicle repairs close to home or work. Schedule an appointment online or drop in to any location!

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Jan 23 2017

5 Things New Drivers Should Know About Rock Chips in Glass

New drivers face many challenges on the road, including rocks kicked up by other vehicles on the road. These rocks have the potential to damage vehicle mirrors, windows, and in particular, put rock chips in windshields. We have five important pieces of advice about auto glass and auto glass repair especially for new drivers and their parents.

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Dec 20 2016

Driving Up to the Mountains This Winter? Here’s What You Need to Know

Winter is here for the next few months, and with it comes all the hazards drivers must endure. At Kirmac, we know that icy roads, snowy climbs and snow storms can make it a hazard to drive anywhere, let alone in the mountains. If you are headed to a higher altitude this winter, do so cautiously by keeping these pointers in mind.

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Nov 18 2016

Random Acts of Auto Glass Vandalism: What To Do After Your Car Window Has Been Broken

Walking out of your home in the morning and discovering that your car window has been broken in to is one of the most unpleasant surprises you might have the misfortune of experiencing. The shock and discomfort that follows this discovery might make you feel confused. Every day, Kirmac auto glass repair technicians help people recover from this kind of problem. We have some tips that will help you respond correctly.

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Sep 15 2016

Automotive Child Safety: Back to School Edition

It’s that time of year again, when kids head back to school to continue their educations. That’s why Kirmac wants to take a little time to talk to our regular customers about child automotive safety—after all, when kids head back to school, that’s also when the adults in their lives get busy with carpooling, after-school activities, and the other day to day errands that accompany the school year.

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