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Frame Straightening Basics: How Auto Body Frame Machines DoTheir Jobs

Frame damage is quite common; it occurs in roughly 50 percent of all auto accidents. If the frame of your vehicle gets damaged in an accident or collision, you'll need the help of an experienced auto body shop with the proper equipment to restore its shape. Your chosen repair shop should have an auto body frame machine that uses hydraulics to provide the torque and leverage required to pull the damaged frame back to factory specifications. Learning some basics can help you understand how an auto body frame machine does its job.

Exactly What is an Auto Body Frame Machine?

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Fender-Benders Happen, Know How to React

Even a minor fender bender is a traumatic experience. Here is what to do immediately afterwards to protect you and your vehicle, and make the situation less stressful:

Focus on safety - Get your vehicle off the roadway as soon as possible to prevent another collision. If you can't move the vehicle, keep your seatbelt fastened, turn on your hazard lights and call 911.

Assess any injuries - Check yourself and any others in the vehicle for obvious injuries first, and then assess whether anyone has other symptoms. Call 911 and don't move an injured person unless they're in harm's way.

Call the police - If you believe a police report is warranted due to injuries or damages, or to...

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Taking a Road Trip? Make Sure Your Automobile Is Prepared

A road trip can be a fun-filled adventure, but it's smart to get prepared before you head out on the road. The following tips can help you get your automobile ready for a short weekend getaway, or a cross-country excursion:

Take care of preventative maintenance. Schedule a tune-up and oil change to ensure that your automobile runs reliably and efficiently while you're on the road. Remember to check your wipers, the turn signals and lights, and all fluid levels.

Check the brakes. While the car is in for service, have your mechanic check the amount of wear on the brake pads, and replace them if necessary so you have lots of stopping power.

Examine the battery. Make sure that it's fully...

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Does Your Cracked Windshield Need Repair?

The windshield on your vehicle provides more than just protection from the elements. It's a vital safety feature that can safeguard you and your passengers from harm in the event of an accident or collision. Due to its front-and-center location on a vehicle, though, the windshield is constantly exposed to the risk of flying-object damage.

Why Timely Chipped / Cracked Windshield Repair Is Necessary

If your windshield gets chipped or cracked, having it repaired is the best option if it's a chip less than the size of a quarter or a crack less than 8 inches in length. If it's not repaired quickly, the damage can spider out and spread, leaving your vehicle vulnerable to other serious and costly situations.

When the cracking becomes extensive, it...
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The 4 Personalities You Meet on the Road

When driving, it's so easy to forget about the other drivers out there and just to focus on what our car is doing and where we need to go. But we share the road with many other people who are all hurtling down the asphalt in glass-and-steel contraptions at dangerously high speeds.

If you want to be a safer driver, be aware of the 4 kinds of personalities on the road. Chances are, you'll recognize yourself as one of these personalities and -- more importantly -- you'll spot these personalities among other drivers. Knowing how you and everyone else reacts can help you predict and avoid collisions.

Driver Personalities

The timid driver: The timid driver is the one who drives slower than the speed limit and sometimes brakes...

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