Are You Eating a Crash Diet?
Jun10

Are You Eating a Crash Diet?

Safe Driving Tips If you are eating in your vehicle while driving, you are focusing on your food and not on your driving. You are not only chewing and swallowing; you are also opening packages, unwrapping and re-wrapping food, reaching, leaning, spilling, wiping, and cleaning yourself or your vehicle. These are quite a number of distractions for one driver on one trip. You are safer when you stop to eat or drink. Allow yourself plenty of time to stop, rest from driving, and enjoy your meal. Are You Being Driven to Distraction? What do children, friends, and pets all have in common? All can be dangerous distractions while driving. Teach your young children that driving is an important job and that you must concentrate when you are behind the wheel. Buckle up your children properly. Give them distractions—books, games, or other appropriate toys to occupy their time. If you need to attend to your children, pull over to a safe place. Do not try to handle children while you are driving. When you are driving with friends and relatives, establish some strategies to keep your passengers under control. A carload of friends can be very distracting with loud talking, quarreling over music selections, or roughhousing. Arguments and other disturbing conversations should be held in a safe, appropriate place, not while you are driving in your vehicle. A loose pet in a moving vehicle can be very dangerous. Properly secure your pet in a pet carrier, portable kennel, or specially designed pet harness when you are driving. Turning Dials Can Turn Your Head Making destination entries on an in-vehicle navigation system, radio surfing for a good song, or adjusting your vehicle’s climate controls are distracting activities that can put you in danger of a vehicle collision or near collision. The availability of in-vehicle Internet and email access from cell phones, tablets, and other portable devices are added distractions that increase your risk of a collision if you engage in these activities while driving. Adjust your vehicle’s controls (climate controls, mirrors, radio, seat, etc.) before you begin to drive. Check your email, voice mail, and text messages before you begin to drive. Take advantage of normal stops to adjust controls. Ask your passenger to adjust the radio, climate control, navigation system, etc. for you. Looks Can Kill… Looking out your window at what you are passing while driving can be a distraction if you are concentrating on: An accident. A vehicle pulled over by law enforcement. Construction work. A billboard advertisement. A scenic view. Street names and addresses. Always focus on your driving. It is crucial that you remain alert while...

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Driving Distractions Study
May14

Driving Distractions Study

From CA Department of Motor Vehicles Distractions Are Everywhere Driving is a skill that requires your full attention to safely control your vehicle and respond to events happening on the roads around you. Driving involves constant and complex coordination between your mind and body. Events or things that prevent you from operating your car safely are distractions. There are 3 types of distractions and they are anything that takes your: Eyes off the road (visual). Mind off the road (cognitive). Hands off the steering wheel (manual). When you think about the actions you make in your vehicle, other than just driving, you can see that they often involve more than one type of distraction. For instance, if you change your radio station, you take a hand off the steering wheel to press a button and take your eyes off the road to look at what button you want to press.   Driver distractions are the leading cause of most vehicle collisions and near collisions. According to a study released by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and the Virginia Tech Transportation Institute (VTTI), 80 percent of collisions and 65 percent of near collisions involve some form of driver distraction. The distraction occurred within 3 seconds before the vehicle crash! According to the NHTSA and VTTI study, the principal actions that cause distracted driving and lead to vehicle collision are: Using electronic devices. Reaching for an object inside the vehicle. Looking at an object or event outside of the vehicle. Eating. Applying cosmetics (makeup). Drivers who engage more frequently in distracted driving are more likely to be involved in a vehicle crash or near collision. Cell phone use is part of everyday life that many times we do not realize when, where, and how often we are utilizing our “cellular phones.” Cell phone use while driving has increased significantly within the last few years. Studies have shown that driving performance is lowered and the level of distraction is higher for drivers engaged in cell phone conversations. The use of a hands-free device does not lower distraction levels. The percentage of vehicle collisions and near collisions attributed to dialing is nearly identical to the number associated with talking or listening. Make and finish your cell phone calls or texts before you start your vehicle and drive. If your phone rings while you are driving, let your voice mail pick up the call and ignore text messages. If you must respond, pull over to a safe location and park before using your cell phone. Drivers under 18 years old may not use any type of hand-held or hands-free wireless phone while driving. Effective January 1, 2017,...

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Cappuccino Cruisers
Aug01

Cappuccino Cruisers

The Cappuccino Cruisers Classic Car Club/Cruse In was established in 1995 and does not include any membership dues nor are there any club officers.  There are just a lot of friendly people willing to help out when the need arises.  They are a very community oriented group, regularly participating in Orangevale Pow Wow Days, Citrus Heights Red, White& Blue, and Folsom Veteran’s Day parades.  They have been called upon to celebrate grand openings, bridge openings and Folsom Dam’s anniversary as well as many other community events.  They are a proud sponsor of the Folsom Zoo, the Folsom Mounted Patrol, and regularly donate to charities including Mercy Hospital of Folsom, and Twin Lakes Food Bank of Folsom.  They also support the Sunrise Park District’s, “Heart for Parks” scholarship programs.   To learn more about this wonderful organization and its events, check out...

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Dent Shoppe Repurposes Metal for Burning Man Project
Aug01

Dent Shoppe Repurposes Metal for Burning Man Project

The Dent Shoppe was happy to donate used hoods and doors from customers’ repairs for a Burning Man project.  The mutant vehicle, Playacuda, has been part of Burning Man art for many years.  Every year the owners make changes to the vehicle to bring smiles and good times to the temporary utopia that is Burning Man.  This new mutation will accommodate about 14 riders with LED lights and unique detailing.  I got a test ride the other day and it is shaping up nicely. The project will be completed by a group of Burning Man regulars who are artists with incredible skills and imagination.  We are happy to participate in helping share the vision of our talented friends.  I will include photos of the finished project from the Playa during the event. Looking forward to fun and adventure with thousands of other socially conscious souls. Stay tuned,...

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If you see something, say something
Nov15

If you see something, say something

In our busy lives, common curtesy can be overlooked. We teach our children to be honest and take responsibility for our actions. Those same values apply if we accidently bump another vehicle.  Since we are an auto repair facility, we see lots of cars with varying degrees of damage.  Many folks are shocked when they find damage to their vehicle with no indication of what happened. If you bump a car, and the owner is not present, leave a note. If you see someone bump a vehicle, jot down the license plate number and any other description, date and time.  This is considered a hit and run and is against the law. When you see a car accident, if possible, offer to be a witness.  The difference between being charged with an at fault accident or not can depend on one third party witness.  We have seen customers pay up to a $1000 insurance deductible because there was no witness.  We hope you are never in this situation but when accidents occur, we may not think about providing contact information. If you are in an accident, exchange names, phone numbers and vehicle information. You may not notice the damage until later or determine it was more than you thought to repair. Being a good citizen is our duty.  If you travel with children, remind them to be careful when opening car doors. Sometimes damage can’t be avoided.  The Dent Shoppe is here to repair damage to vehicles.  Many jobs can be completed while you wait and perhaps at a lower cost than you think. Feel free to call or stop by during business hours. Photos of damage can also be submitted through our website. -Sandra...

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Trunk or Treat on October 26th
Oct15

Trunk or Treat on October 26th

Trunk or Treat is a benefit for the Twin Lakes food Bank. There was a Halloween parade, great music, nicely decorated vehicles, costume contests and fun for all.  Thanks for the donated canned food that will go to the Twin Lakes Food Bank of Folsom. Thanks to the Mustang club for supporting the event. Thanks to Ray and the Cappuccino Cruisers for putting on this fun event for the...

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