Helpful Tips

Fall is here! Time for hayrides, apple picking, sweatshirts, football games, pumpkin spice everything, and… deer. To be safe this fall, here are some Xperts tips!

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  1. Buckle Up: Make sure to wear your seat belt.
  2. Remember there is always more than one: Typically, if you see one deer, there are more to follow so proceed with caution.
  3. Take caution on two-lane roads: Deer are most prevalent on the side of a two-lane road.
  4. Heed deer crossing signs: When you see a deer crossing sign, remember it is placed at that location for a reason and it means deer are prevalent in that particular area.
  5. Avoid swerving: Statistics show that when most drivers swerve to avoid hitting deer, they hit another object instead, such as a tree or another vehicle.
  6. Hitting a deer: Unfortunately and in some cases, hitting a deer can be unavoidable. Ideally, what you want to do is prevent the deer from landing on the hood of the vehicle and slamming into your windshield. Should the animal make contact with the windshield, there is a good chance it will smash right through causing the driver to lose control of the vehicle resulting in serious injury and in some cases, death to the driver and passengers. When hitting a deer seems unavoidable, try to think fast and be aware of the situation. Experts advise braking until the very last second of impact, then releasing the brakes. This should propel the deer away from your vehicle instead of on to the hood or windshield.

Helpful tips:

  • Turn the vehicle’s hazard lights on when you see deer so other motorists are aware that there are deer ahead.
  • If you notice any deer, especially if they are close to the road, slow down as much as possible and proceed with expert caution.
  • Sounding your horn can startle the animal and cause it to dart into the road or straight into traffic.
  • All vehicle-deer collisions must be reported to the police as soon as possible.
  • In the event that the deer is alive but injured, avoid all contact and move away, keeping a good distance from the animal and wait until police arrive.
  • Watch for the reflection of deer eyes and for the silhouettes on the shoulders of the roads. If anything looks slightly suspicious, slow down.
  • Use high beam headlights if there are no oncoming vehicles. High beams will allow the driver to better see the eyes of the deer.
  • Blink your high beams at the deer. Deer seem to be in a trance when they see your headlights. By blinking your headlights at them, it alerts them to the danger heading towards them.
  • If you know you are going to collide with a deer, do not brace yourself. By doing this, it will increase your chances of breaking bones and being seriously injured. If you are going to collide, relax your body while still maintaining control of the vehicle.
  • Most deer sightings and accidents happening in the morning and at dusk. Be extra alert at that time.

 

Most importantly, stay alert, always wear your seat belt and drive at a safe, sensible speed for the conditions.

If unfortunately you are in an accident, come to Auto Body Xperts… Relax, we are the Xperts!

 

For more facts and helpful tips, see the Michigan Office of Highway Safety Planning.

Show your Mother Earth and yourself some love, by being conscious of the paint and other common items you use.

Did you know? The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) classifies paint as one of its top five most hazardous substances.

Effects On The Environment:
When VOC’s react with oxygen, they can form ‘bad’ ozone in the presence of sunlight. This is a contributory factor to the greenhouse effect and a cause of global warming. One study by C.E.P.E. attributes paints and varnishes to causing as much as five percent of all VOC emissions. – M Howard, J Miemczyk

A Long List of Health Concerns:
Solvent based automotive paints contain not just problematic VOCs, but also other air pollutants that decrease air quality and may pose a risk to painters and workers. Skin and eye irritation are only the beginning of the health problems that painters and workers could face when using solvent based automotive paints.Other health risks include central nervous system effects. The organic compounds found in VOCs can also damage internal organs, such as the liver and kidneys. Alarmingly, organic compounds found in solvent based automotive paint have been linked to cancer and reproductive health issues. By contrast, waterborne paints have lower levels of organic solvents are thus much less toxic. http://ellisandsalazar.com/auto-painting/why-is-waterborne-car-paint-better-for-the-environment/

The solution:
Eco-friendly paint for cars is waterborne, which means water is the main ingredient in the paint instead of the dangerous solvents. These paints emit up to 80 per cent less of the VOCs than traditional car paint. They have 70 per cent water, 20 per cent pigment, pearlescent and metallic particles and 10 per cent organic solvents. http://gearheads.org/eco-friendly-paint-for-cars-best-options/
Auto body Xperts uses waterborne paint, to insure we aren’t harming the environment or the health of our staff and neighbors. http://autobodyxperts.com/auto-body-paint-shop/earth month reusable grocery bag

To help you remember to be kind to your Mother Earth we are offering free reusable grocery bags at any of our locations. Stop in during business hours for your bag during the week of April 20,2017 until April 27, 2017.

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My name is Mandy and I am with Auto Body Xperts, we are local family owned business for over 68years and are so grateful for the communities that we are part of.   Auto Body Xperts has an annual open house every year at our Holland and Hudsonville locations.  This open house is a FREE community event with a pig roast, kid games and so much more.  We want to send this invitation for your organization to join us this year.  We have several different groups that join us such as: Ottawa County 911, Pine rest, local chambers, Fire Dept. and local hospitals with information that is available in our community.  We do not open this up to businesses, we want this to focus more all the great resources we have around us.  This will be our 9th year, and it keeps growing every year. Last year we had over 700 adults at one event plus many kids.  We would love if you can join us this year and letting the community know about you!  Please feel free to check out our website or face book for more pictures of just how huge this event is.   If you would like to reserve you FREE spot at this years events please contact Mandy at 616-669-6692 or aberoza@hudsonvillebodyshop.com (spaces are limited)

 

Holland‘s August 9th 11am-2pm

Hudsonville August 23 11am-2pm

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Trick Or Treat

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Find where and when to get the best treats near you

Allegan

  • Monday, October 31 | 5:30pm – 8pm

Allendale

  • Monday, October 31 | Unofficial time; 5pm – 8pm

Grandville

  • Monday, October 31 | 6pm – 8pm

Hastings

  • Monday, October 31 | 5pm – 8pm: Green Street will shut down between S. Broadway Street to S. Cass Street trick-or-treating

Holland

  • Downtown | Saturday, October 29. 10am – 12pm. Participating businesses will have orange balloons in their doorways, kids are invited to dress up and trick or treat.
  • City of Holland | Monday, October 31. 6pm – 8pm

Hudsonville

  • City | Didn’t set an official time
  • Indoors @ Sheldon Meadows Assisted Living Center | Friday, October 28. 6pm – 7pm

Jenison (Georgetown Township)

  • Monday, October 31 | 6pm – 8pm

Kentwood

  • Monday, October 31 | 5pm – 8pm

Wayland

  • City of Wayland | Monday, October 31. 5:30pm – 8pm

Zeeland:

  • Downtown, on Main Street | Monday, October 31.  3pm – 5pm.  Balloon Animals, Music, Treat Bags, Cider, Donut Holes. FeeltheZeel Facebook for more info
  • City | Monday, October 31, 5pm – 8pm.

 

Safety Tips from the City Of Holland

From the City’s website:

  • Wear a light colored costume with a mask that will not obscure your vision.
  • Carry a flashlight with you.
  • Parents should accompany their children.
  • Drivers of vehicles should take extra caution and be aware of children trick-or-treating.
  • Only go to the houses that have the porch light on.
  • You should only go to the houses that you are familiar with.
  • Make sure that parents check all candy given to children before they eat it.

Our latest video has some of the best tips to keep you safe on the road as the temperatures fall and the leaves are changing. Watch to learn more!