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The scavenger hunt is over! Thank you so much to everyone who participated! We know we had a lot of people who were looking very hard but now is the exciting time to announce where the car was hidden!

 

The car was hidden by Adam Street Landing in Holland!

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If you park in the main parking lot at Adam Street Landing, walk down under the bridge, down the path until you get to a clearing on your left. If you look in the clearing, there is a pile of bricks, the car was hidden there!

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All of the clues were:

May 21: The hunt has started! But before you go out and find the car to win big! It’s important to know what you are looking for! When you think of car, you think BIG! But it may not be as big as you think.

May 22: But don’t worry, the car is white and black so it will be easy to find!

May 23: Auto Body Xperts has been serving the West Michigan area for 70 years! So we made sure to hide the car in West Michigan!

May 24: The car is hidden in the county that was named after a group of Indians who occupied this area in the middle of the 17th century.

May 25: As for the town, they cut doors in half and wear wooden shoes.

May 28: This town is well known for its flowers!

May 29: Although it is our car, it is not hidden on our property!

May 30: It is hidden somewhere everyone can go. 

May 31: It’s at a place that is perfect to go for some summer fun…

June 1: …and enjoy nature!

June 4: It’s a great place to go for a walk…

June 5: …or have a picnic!

June 6: Be sure to bring the whole family! Dogs are welcome to come too!

June 7: Many know the area but have not noticed that this specific area is there!

June 8: You can walk on the bridge…

June 11: …or go fishing!

June 12: You can go kayaking…

June 13: …on the Macatawa River!

June 14: There is 10 acres of fun!

June 15: Although there is 10 acres of fun, you don’t have to go far to find the car and win big!

June 18: We’ve had lots of people join the scavenger hunt mid contest so we wanted to release 5 past clues that will help answer a lot of questions we’ve had! (1) But don’t worry, the car is white and black so it will be easy to find! (2) Many know the area but have not noticed that this specific area is there! (3) You can go kayaking… (4) …on the Macatawa River! (5) There is 10 acres of fun!

June 19: When walking along the path, look to the left

June 20: Looking from a child’s height is advised

June 21: You will win when you can bring us the car in your hand

 

We were so overwhelmed by so many people that played! We stopped by the park a few times and saw lots of people playing!

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After LOTS of looking, Steve (and his wife Krista) found the car winning the $500 Amazon Gift Card!

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Thank you so much to everyone who has supported us for the past 70 years!

The Dangers of Summer Driving

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Memorial Day weekend marks the unofficial start of summer. From now until after Labor Day, millions of Americans will hop in their cars and hit the road. They’ll be traveling to visit family, to attend holiday parties, to enjoy a day at the beach, or to go camping or hiking or boating. Thousands of these vacationers, however, will also end up in a vehicular accident this summer.

July and August are two of the deadliest months, according to data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), with more car crashes and vehicular-related deaths and injuries than any other months. But why is summer driving so dangerous?

There’s no easy answer to this question. For one, summertime roads are more congested. All those vacationers have to get to their destinations and most of them will drive. The nice weather also means more bicyclists and pedestrians will be sharing the roads with cars. More people on the roads equates to more chances for something to go wrong.

July and August are the deadliest months for young teenage drivers. More teenagers are behind the wheel during their summer breaks. Teenagers are, for the most part, far less experienced drivers than adult drivers. The youngest of them are also part of Generation Z — whose attachment to their smartphones. Adults are also just as guilty of checking Facebook messages in a moving vehicle, so that means there are a lot more distracted drivers on the road during the summer months… During the same months that there are more bicycles and pedestrians on the road. We all know that doesn’t end well.

In fact, the numbers of car crashes has been constantly increasing (2017 was the worst year for car crashes since the 1970s). The fact that the use of smartphones has also increased during the past decade is most likely connected to that. The slow rise car accidents is likely to be directly related to an increase in distracted driving. The Centers for Disease Control

(CDC) estimates that 8 people will be killed every day due to distracted driving; over 1000 more will be injured.

So is there anything we can do to lower the risk for ourselves? Yes and no. We can’t always protect ourselves from other drivers, but what we can do is try to make the roads a little safer by being more mindful drivers ourselves. Here are some tips from the Department of Transportation:

  • Do not text while driving. Many believe that with no snow or rain, they can drive safely while replying to a text.
  • Make sure to wear safety belts (a high number of car crash fatalities are still related to a lack of seat belt use).
  • Be more careful if you’re driving on weekends or in the early evening on most days. Data from NHSTA suggests that Saturdays are the deadliest day of the week and the hour between 6pm – 7pm has more crashes than any other time of day.
  • If it’s raining, slow down and watch out for hydroplaning. We’re all hyper vigilant in the winter months about snow and ice, but wet roads can be equally dangerous. Just because it’s warm out, doesn’t mean that the roads are always “safe.”
  • Get your car checked out before a big trip and check your tire pressure. Blowouts are more likely in hotter weather.
  • During the summer months, students are on summer vacation so there will be more young drivers on the road. Always remember, you may be a safe driver but that doesn’t mean other drivers are. Be sure to be alert for other drivers.

Have a happy and safe summer!

This was our 3rd year having the Miss Auto Body Xperts Pin Up Contest and we couldn’t have asked for a better turn out! We had so many wonderful women enter the contest that unfortunately we had to put a limit on the number of ladies in the contest! It was wonderful to see so many wonderful, powerful women come out to the event and support each other and promote that beauty isn’t defined by our size or looks, that every woman is beautiful and should be celebrated!

 

Thank you so much to everyone who came out and supported the event! We had our best turn out yet!

Keeping Your Dog Safe In The Car!

 

We understand, pets are part of the family! So here are our 5 Xpert Tips for keeping your dog safe in the car!

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  1. Make Sure Everyone (Human and K-9) is Buckled

The safest way to transport your dog is to secure them with their very own seat belts. Not only does a seatbelt confine your furry family member, but it keeps them safe in the event of an accident—which could severely injure or kill an unrestrained dog.

There are lots of options when it comes to restraining a dog in a vehicle, below is a link to many safe options for your pet.

https://www.petmd.com/dog/slideshows/care/top-ten-ways-to-restrain-and-travel-safely-with-pets

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  1. Keep a Crate in the Car

If your dog is overwhelmed by the sights and sounds of a car ride, having them ride in a crate is a great option. When crated in the car, your dog can snuggle up safely and ride in comfort. If your dog barks at other dogs, you can cover the crate up with a blanket to keep them calm and quiet. Your dog will be happy in their familiar place and will adjust to new surroundings faster. But if you do keep them in a crate with a blanket over top, be sure to check in and make sure they are staying cool, especially on a warm day.

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  1. Keep Your Dog off Your Lap

Dogs love riding shotgun. But if you’ve got an excited or anxious pup who wants to climb over onto you, a barrier will help. Depending on the type of car you have, your dog can be secured in the back of your car by a special fence, for example. There are several types of barriers that can be installed into the backs of SUVS, hatchbacks, and vans. See the link above for barrier and restraint options!

Although it is not illegal in most states (it is illegal in NJ and HI), it is very dangerous for your pet to ride in your lap. Having a dog in your lap can increase your response time, can be a distraction, and the dog can get very hurt (even killed) if they are on your lap during an accident. So to be safe, it is best if your pet does not drive on your lap while driving.

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  1. Take Breaks

On a long road trip, your dog needs car snacks, water, and bathroom breaks. To avoid dehydration, be sure to keep water available at all times. Meals, treats, and toys are great distractions for a busy dog in the car. Also, make sure that you’re stopping every couple of hours so your pet can use the bathroom and stretch their legs. Taking this time to run them around at a rest stop is a great way to burn some energy so they will nap for part of the trip.

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  1. Check the Temperature in the Car

If you have to leave your dog in the car, be sure to check the temperature outside before you leave your furry family member inside the car. What feels like a mild day outside won’t feel so mild inside the car. Surprisingly, the temperature inside the car on a 75 degree day can easily reach 100 degrees! Pets can die inside hot cars, even if the windows are cracked. So try to plan your trip so you do not need to leave your dog in the car.

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