Notable Monterey County Auto Accidents Caused By Texting

There have been some major automobile crashes that have occurred around the Monterey Bay and Monterey County in recent years. A lot of them are caused by texting. Here is a slideshow we found about some of the worst accidents that sadly, often ended with fatalities:

Major Crashes on the Central Coast

There is a major campaign to stop texting while driving. There are many statistics that support the fact that texting while driving kills, and here is an informative graphic that talks about it.

If you are in an auto accident, Robert’s Auto Repair is here to help rebuild your vehicle and restore it to like-new condition. To schedule an appointment with our auto body service representatives, call us at (831) 373-1535, or request your preferred time online. Robert’s Auto Repair is conveniently located at 234 Ramona Avenue, Monterey, CA 93940.

 

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How To Maintain Your Vehicle’s Airbag System

Your vehicle’s airbag system is one of the more important safety components of your automobile. Airbags are deployed upon impact and can protect you and your passengers from fatal blows during an accident. Airbags have saved thousands of lives, but in order to do so, they must be checked and maintained on a regular basis.

The most important parts of the success of the airbag system are the crash sensors, and these sensors need to be checked by a certified mechanic. There are two types of airbag sensors in cars:  electrical and mechanical. According to this article:

“Electrical sensors vary in design. Some use an electromechanical “ball and tube” mechanism, which basically consists of a small tube containing a circuit switch and ball that’s held together by a small magnet. If a collision occurs, the ball is dislodged from the magnet and rolls forward in the tube, hitting a switch that completes the electrical circuit. Other electrical designs are similar in principle, using a metal roller or spring loaded weight instead of a ball, or in newer cars, an accelerometer to trip the sensor. Mechanical sensors work independent of the electrical system and respond similarly to the electrical sensors, with a design that actuates a firing pin triggering a small explosion after a crash. Since a mechanical sensor does not require a power source, it cannot be deactivated like an electrical sensor can when the battery is disconnected.”

At Robert’s Auto Repair, our certified technicians can check your vehicle to make certain everything related to your vehicle’s airbag system is in order. From the airbags, to the sensors, to the inflators that deploy the system when triggered, we will check to make sure your airbag system meets factory specifications.

In addition to airbag system maintenance, our mechanical repair technicians can provide complete minor and major maintenance for your vehicle. To schedule an appointment online, click here. To contact us during business hours, call our main number at (831) 645-4712. Robert’s Auto Repair is located at 234 Ramona Avenue in Monterey, close to the Highway 1 Del Monte Exit for Pacific Grove. We look forward to seeing you soon.

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How Bluetooth Technology Helps Auto Body Shops Lose Business

Bluetooth devices offer an additional level of safety to automobile drivers, and this is a wonderful thing! In fact, Robert’s Auto Repair is happy to say that we have seen fewer auto body repairs in our shop thanks to Bluetooth devices, and that is a win-win for everyone.

Bluetooth devices help improve safety by allowing drivers to talk on their cell phones and still keep both hands on the steering wheel. Bluetooth wireless technology not only keeps drivers and their passengers safer, but they also reduce fines from law enforcement agencies.

Bluetooth technology is becoming more common in new vehicles, and can be installed in older vehicles, too. Here are some of the ways you can use Bluetooth in your personal or work vehicle:

  • Visor speakerphone. These are often battery powered and automatically connect to your cellular phone when you enter the vehicle. No special installation is required.

  • Wireless Earpieces. These take just moments to set up. The devices also help drivers comply with hands-free laws.

  • GPS navigation devices. Drivers can communicate to the navigation device through a Bluetooth headset and make hands-free calls.

  • MP3 players that sync up to your sound system. This allows you to stream music and control your MP3 player from the stereo head unit.

  • Rear-view mirrors with caller ID and speaker phone.

  • Headsets for listening to music. Passengers can listen to music without plugging wires into the sound system or MP3 player.

For more information about how Bluetooth is reducing the number of fatal accidents, visit this link.

If your vehicle is in need of auto body repair, contact Robert’s Auto Repair at 234 Ramona Avenue, Monterey, CA 93940. To schedule an appointment with our auto body service representatives, call us at (831) 373-1535, or request your preferred time online. We look forward to serving you and restoring your vehicle to its pre-loss condition.

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What Does a Multi Point Preventative Maintenance Inspection Include?

Did you know that when you bring your vehicle in for any type of service, including oil changes, we perform a complimentary Multi Point Preventative Maintenance Inspection? This is a courtesy we do every day at Robert’s Auto Repair, and we do it to make sure everything on your vehicle is operating properly. Here is a list of what the Multi Point Preventative Maintenance Inspection includes:

  1. Headlights / Taillights / Brake lights / Hazard lights / Turn signals

  2. Interior light

  3. Windshield washers and wipers

  4. Parking brake

  5. Horn

  6. Clutch

  7. Micron cabin filter

  8. Battery check

  9. Check fluid levels

  10. Air filter

  11. Belts and hoses

  12. Hydraulic clutch reservoir fluid

  13. Brake lines and hoses

  14. Shocks and struts / Suspension / Gears / Seals

  15. Exhaust system

  16. Engine oil / fluid leaks

  17. Boots and bands

  18. Tire wear

  19. Brake condition

With this inspection, we mark down if these various parts are working satisfactory, may require future attention, or require immediate attention. It’s just another way we communicate with our clients; making sure they are safe while operating their vehicles.

To get your Multi Point Preventative Maintenance Inspection, contact us at 831-373-1534 and schedule an appointment. We look forward to serving you soon!

 

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To Shampoo Or Not To Shampoo? What Do Your Car Seats Need?

Many people assume that when they wash their cars, a simple vacuum of the interior and a washing of the exterior is all that is required. While a quick vacuum and exterior wash is easy and fast, it is also important to occasionally deep clean with a seat and flooring shampoo.

On average, we spend 20% of our time inside cars and this is the reason why car seats go through constant wear and tear. Deep cleaning of car seats is a must on a regular basis, especially if you spend a lot of time eating and drinking if your vehicle. Additionally, if you have kids, pets, or both, a shampoo of the seats and floors will remove stains, pet hair, dirt, and other grime that gets tracked into your vehicle.

Robert’s Auto Repair offers two shampoo packages, and these packages are at a flat rate, regardless if your vehicle has cloth seats, leather seats, or vinyl seats. The first package is our Complete Carpet OR Seat Shampoo for just $50.00. The second package is the Complete Carpet AND Seat Shampoo for only $85.00. These packages are great deals — especially when you consider how much work goes into removing  the grime, food, and pet hair so your vehicle can look pristine again!

So, in the name of Spring Cleaning, consider a Complete Carpet and/or Seat Shampoo from Robert’s Auto Repair. Call today at 831-373-1534 to schedule your appointment. Our detailers look forward to making your vehicle’s interior look and smell clean again!

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What Is The Ultimate Facial For Exterior Paint?

When people buy a new car, they often bring it to Robert’s Auto Repair right away for an Ultimate Facial. This is our premier detailing service that includes a complete micro buff, Clay Magic, and complete Carnauba Wax for just $250.

Many people ask us, “Why would I give my brand new car an Ultimate Facial? The paint is perfect already as it is.” The reason many people choose the Ultimate Facial for Exterior Paint is that it protects your car’s paint for up to two years. It seals the paint and reduces the risk of scratches and color fade.

Why does Robert’s Auto Repair use Carnauba Wax? Carnauba wax is the preferred car wax of collectors and concours enthusiasts because it creates a rich, warm glow. It doesn’t appear to sit on the paint. It transforms the paint into a deep, liquid pool that shimmers under changing light conditions. The more carnauba wax, the more shine.

Even if you purchase a used vehicle, the Ultimate Facial for Exterior Paint will make your “new” used car look shiny and free of scratches. The micro buff will polish out any scratches in the paint, and the Clay Magic removes oxidation from your paint. Finally, the Carnauba Wax will give your used car’s paint a glossy shine.

An appointment for the Ultimate Facial is required, but rental cars are available. To get started, contact Robert’s Auto Repair at 831-373-1534. Our team will be happy to pamper your vehicle – whether it is new or used – and help protect your investment.

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Conserving Water When Washing Your Car

Thanks to the low amount of rainfall this Winter, the Monterey Peninsula is now at a “Stage 1” alert of its water conservation and rationing plan. Restrictions in Stage 1 are  minor, but many of us want to cut back on our water consumption as we watch this drought progress. To help save water, here are some tips on conserving water when washing your car, truck, SUV, motorcycle, RV, or van:

Water your plants and wash your car at the same time by washing vehicles on grass or gravel, not pavement. Not only will you help recharge the groundwater, but the water won’t be running over the pavement and down the storm drains.

Use a bucket with soapy water to wash your car instead of a running hose. A bucket helps you conserve water better.

When you use a hose, make sure it has a spray nozzle that shuts off while not in use. A hose can use 100 gallons of water during a 10 minute car wash, and a spray nozzle can reduce that water waste down to 10 gallons.

Consider taking your vehicle to a professional car wash facility that uses recycled water. We have terrific car washes on the Monterey Peninsula, so take advantage of their services.

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How To Drive Mountain Roads

Here on the Monterey Peninsula, we have a few windy roads that go through the hills and peaks. Not everyone is familiar or comfortable driving on mountain roads, so here are a few safety tips from Roadtrip America that can help prevent accidents:

  1. Make sure that your brakes, windshield wipers, defroster, heater, and exhaust systems are in good condition.

  2. Don’t go down a mountain road any faster than you can go up it.

  3. On steep upgrades, downshift to a lower gear, watch the temperature gauge in your vehicle, and turn off the air-conditioning if it starts to overheat.

  4. Don’t “hug” the center line. DON’T EVER CROSS THE CENTER LINE or you could find yourself in a head-on collision!!!

  5. Always remember that the car going UPHILL should be given the right of way.

  6. Slowing down for any reason, whether it’s to view scenery or because of a steep grade, is acceptable road behavior, as long as you maintain awareness.

  7. Always carry extra drinking water, and remember to drink fluids throughout the day.

  8. In the event that weather conditions deteriorate into fog, rain, wind, or snow, slow down, be more observant, and demonstrate extra road courtesy.

  9. To prevent fatigue, take frequent breaks.

  10. If you MUST take an unexplored, unpaved side road, make sure you check weather conditions, tell someone where you are going, and drive very carefully.

If you are planning a road trip into the mountains, Robert’s Auto Repair is available to make sure your vehicle is roadworthy and safe. To schedule your pre-road trip safety inspection, contact Robert’s Auto Repair at (831) 373-1534. We are conveniently located near Highway 1 and Del Monte Blvd. at 234 Ramona Avenue, Monterey, CA 93940. We look forward to serving you soon!

 

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Why Do We Get Carsick?

For many of us who get motion sickness, we are dumbfounded as to why we get that way. We recently came across a great video that explains why we get carsick:

To avoid getting carsick, here are a few tips:

  1. Sit in the front seat when possible.

  2. Have ginger candies on hand.

  3. Roll down the windows for fresh air.

  4. When possible, go to sleep.

  5. Avoid reading while riding in a car.

  6. Avoid riding backwards.

  7. Have plenty of drinking water available.

  8. To avoid vomiting, try not to eat too much before or during a road trip.

Although we cannot prevent car sickness, we can make certain your vehicle is roadworthy and safe. To schedule your pre-road trip safety inspection, contact Robert’s Auto Repair at (831) 373-1534. We are conveniently located near Highway 1 and Del Monte Blvd. at 234 Ramona Avenue, Monterey, CA 93940. We look forward to serving you soon!

 

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Road Trip Games For Kids

Road trips are big adventures for kids, and they can create unforgettable memories. To make a road trip remain pleasurable for the duration of the trip, here are some road trip games for kids that will keep them entertained and occupied while you travel:

“I Spy” is a road trip game that has withstood the test of time. “I spy with my little eye, something red.” This easy-to-learn game is perfect for preschoolers, and can keep them entertained for unbelievably long periods of time. The directions are simple: One person spies something and recites the line, ending in a clue. Everyone else takes turns trying to guess the mystery item.

“Road Trip Bingo” is a fun road trip game that requires a little planning ahead of time, but can be a terrific scavenger hunt. All you need are clipboards, bingo cards, and a bag of pennies. The bingo cards will list various things that may be seen on the road trip. As the gamers see the things listed on their bingo cards, they cover each item with a penny until the winner covers all the squares and shouts out “Bingo”.

“License Plate Game” is an easy game where the goal is to spot license plates from all 50 states. To play, write down all the states you see during the road trip. Keep track of Canadian, European, and Mexican license plates, too.

“Tic Tac Toe” is a classic road trip game. All you need are two players, a pencil, and a pad of paper to play this popular standby. Player One places an X on the grid, Player Two plots an O. They continue to take turns until one player has three across.

“Hangman” is another game that’s perfect for kids. The first player thinks of a person, place, movie or book title—it could be anything, really. Instead of writing out the saying, she leaves an underscore for each letter in each word. The second player guesses one letter at a time. If the mystery saying contains the letter, it is written in the correct place. If not, the first player draws a head on the hangman scaffold. When enough incorrect letters have been guessed, the dead body is complete and the second player loses. If the guesser solves the puzzle before the body is complete, he wins.

“The Alphabet Game” is a fun game for kids that can read road signs. Starting with “A”, look for road signs that begin with the letter until you get to “Z”. This game works best when played on long road trips.

If you are planning a road trip with the kids, Robert’s Auto Repair is available to make sure your vehicle is roadworthy and safe. To schedule your pre-road trip safety inspection, contact Robert’s Auto Repair at (831) 373-1534. We are conveniently located near Highway 1 and Del Monte Blvd. at 234 Ramona Avenue, Monterey, CA 93940. We look forward to serving you soon!

 

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