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As Halloween activities quickly approach, Auto Body Xperts wants to share a few safety tips from our friends at Coverage.com. Many are wondering how to safely tackle the holidays, including Halloween, while in the midst of a global pandemic. COVID-19 has raised concern for many parents as they try to keep their children safe and limit virus exposure. To do so, extra pre-cautions need to be taken. Halloween may look different but can still be fun and entertaining.

Trick or treating safety

Trick or treating has always been a highlight for young kids. They get to dress up in fun, and sometimes scary, costumes and run through neighborhoods collecting candy.

Road Safety

Driving in the dark is already and struggle for some people; let alone drinking in the dark with a bunch of people/kids roaming the streets in dark costumes. While driving this Halloween if and accident occurs  and someone is injured, the bodily injury liability coverage in your car insurance policy will help pay the costs of the injured person. If damage is made to another vehicle contact your insurance company and then contact us. We will help you and work with your insurance company to ensure a smooth repair process.

Candy

Receiving candy on Halloween is sometimes a child’s favorite part. Many parents check over their kid’s candy before allowing them to eat it to make sure nothing is open or looks suspicious. This Halloween it is even more important to not let your kids eat any of the candy while they are out and about. A helpful tip/idea may be to carry hand sanitizer with you for your kids to clean their hands in between houses.  Once you arrive back home, everyone needs to wash their hands for at least 20 seconds with antibacterial soap and water. After washing your hands, inspect the candy and wipe any wrappers down before giving to your kids.

 

 

Halloween Activities

This Halloween will unfortunately be different than every year prior due to COVID-19. However,  many places are still trying to keep the normalcy for Halloween activities.  There many not be as many indoor events this year or your favorite festivals and fairs but plenty of other Halloween events are still underway.  Below is  a list of events taking place this year:

The Haunt (1256 28th St. SW, Wyoming ) Every Sunday, Friday, Saturday from October 2, 2020 – November 7, 2020

The Haunt is West Michigan’s premier haunted attraction now for 18 years. This year, the Haunt will limit the amount of groups that will be allowed to visit the attraction this year. In order for groups to maintain proper social distancing, masks are required.

New Salem Corn Maze Haunted Activities  (4516 24th St. Dorr) Oct. 2 – 31

The New Salem Corn Maze “Witches of New Salem” haunted woods is a frightening Halloween event experience with over 20 attractions and dozens of actors and props. Also, enjoy the haunted corn maze and zombie attack. Face masks and social distancing required.

Haunted Sunflower Maze  (17647 40th Ave. Conklin, MI) Every Friday and Saturday in October, 9:00 – 11:00 PM 

Come out to get CREEPED OUT in the Haunted Sunflower Maze. Pay for admission in the market where you will find HOT apple turnovers, fresh fall donuts, HOT apple cider and cocoa and so much more!! It will be a GHOULISH good time!! Best for ages 10+

Kids Spooky Forest  (Canonsburg Ski Area 6800 Canonsburg Rd. Belmont, MI)  Every Saturday, October 10-31, 3:00 – 5:00 PM

The Spooky Forest is an interactive, outdoor Halloween experience for kids. It’s designed for a  younger crowd who have the ability to walk (or be carried) 1/2 mile. There will be some spooky props in the forest, but they will be balanced out by fun, kid friendly Halloween attractions. The best part of The Spooky Forest is that you and your family can enjoy being active outdoors, while having fun with Halloween characters.

Ghoul Golf @ Great Lakes Glow Golf (3494 Plainfield Ave. NE, Grand Rapids) September 29 – November 8 

Ghoul Golf is a limited time attraction at Great Lakes Glow Golf. The 18 hole Halloween theme minigolf experience is like no other! It’s sure to be a little scary and a lot of fun!

Drive – Thru Pixar Trunk or Treat (1331 E. 16th St. Holland, MI 49423) Wednesday, October 28, 2020 7:00 PM – 8:30 PM

Trunk or Treat (North Blendon Churches, corner of 72nd and Taylor Street) Saturday, October 31, 2020 5:00 – 6:30 PM 

Join Blendon Churches for the trunk or treat event on Saturday, October 31. Rain or shine, we will be outside. Come for donuts, hot chocolate, apple cider, and trick or treating!

Trunk or Treat (175 West 8th St. Holland, MI 49423) Saturday, October 31, 2020 12:00 PM –  3:00 PM

VFW Post #2144 is hosting a free trunk or treat in their parking lot! Come check it out.

Trunk or Treat (Trinity Lutheran Church, Paw Paw)  Friday, October 30, 2020 6:30 PM – 8:00 PM 

Join Trinity Lutheran Church in Paw Paw for trunk or treating!

Kids Costume Party  (375 Main St. Coopersville MI) Saturday, October 31, 2020 10:00 AM -1:00 PM

Blandford Halloween Hunt (Registration Required) (1715 Hillburn Ave. NW, Grand Rapids, MI) Saturday, October 31, 2020 10:00 AM – 3:00 PM 

$7.00 children members, $10.00 children non-members, $3.00 adult chaperones.

Boo at the Barn (9275 Adams St. Zeeland, MI) Saturday, October 31, 2020 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM

Critter barn is celebrating Halloween this year at the farm. Join them on October 31 from 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM for decorations, costumes, candy, and of course, visits with all of Critter Barn’s animals. Pre-registration is required. Adult $5.00, youth ages 3-12 $5.00, children 2 & under – Free, family ticket 5+ people – $20.00. www.critterbarn.org/boo-at-the-barn

Post Family Farm Fall Festival – Hudsonville (5081 Bauer Rd. Hudsonville, MI)Saturday, October 31, 2020, 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM 

$8.00 per person. Corn maze included. Pumpkins, pony rides and food are additional.

Trick or Treat at the Market – Grand Rapids (405 Seward Ave. NW Grand Rapids, MI)Saturday, October 31, 2020, 12:00 PM – 3:00 PM

Join the Bridge Street Market for a family friendly trick or treat experience alongside some of your favorite local vendors. Travelling down a designated path through the market each stop along the way will bring you candy and goodies galore. Check our the eventbrite link for all the boo-tiful ideas.

The Nightmare on 84th St. – Allendale (12307 84th Ave, Allendale MI)Saturday, October 31, 2020, 4:00 PM – 5:00 PM

A tax-deductible donation to Remembrance Ranch  in the following manner will gain you access to the event: A child’s ticket is a donation of $10.00 (12 and under) and an adult ticket is a donation of $15.00

Trunk or Treat – Zeeland (6344 Adams St.  Zeeland, MI)  Saturday, October 31, 2020 4:00 PM – 6:00 PM 

Trunk or Treat – Gobles (Downtown business district) Saturday, October 31, 2020 5:00 PM – 7:00 PM 

M-40 Highway will be closed to vehicle traffic from 4:00 PM – 8:00 PM. Participation for Trick or Treating throughout the city by homeowners is voluntary from 5:00 PM – 7:00 PM. The trunk or treat was not planned to replace traditional trick or treating, but to complement and provide a fun and safe area for all! Gobles City, along with Journey Family Church, Calvary Baptist Church, Gobles United Methodist Church, and the Presbyterian Church will be hosting this years Trunk or Treat.

Trunk or Treat (Martin Reformed Church 1073 W. Allegan St. Martin) Saturday October 31, 2020 3:00 PM – 5:00 PM

Join Martin Reformed Church for their Trunk or Treat event. Safe games, cider and donuts, candy, and safe family fun! For questions contact Sarah at (517) 398 – 4570.

Monster Bash (Graphix Gurus 11024 Chicago Dr. Zeeland, MI) Saturday, October 31, 2020 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM

Join Graphix Gurus for their 5th annual open house. Trunk or treats, awesome wraps, games, and monstrous fun!

Walk thru the Park (LifeChange Church at the Salem TWP) Saturday, October 31, 2020 4:00 PM – 6:00 PM 

Games, inflatables, candy, and more! Join them for a COVID friendly Halloween event.

 

 

Protecting Your Vehicle from Parking Lot Accidents


Crisper weather means the holidays must be approaching! However, that does not mean the parking lot accidents need to approach as well.  Unfortunately, according to the National Safety Council (NSC), tens of thousands of crashes happen in parking lots or garage structures each year. Hundreds are killed and thousands are injured in these generally low speed crashes.

What can you do to avoid becoming one of these statistics for this fall/winter?

Skip the Distractions.

We’ve all been told to pull over when using our phones or programming a GPS, and many of these devices require it. However, that does not mean we stop paying attention.  Wherever we pull off at – the car needs to actually be in park.

The key to safety behind the wheel is focused driving and paying attention to our surroundings 100 percent of the time.

Just because you are in a parking lot and everyone is “supposed” to be moving slowly does not make your safety guaranteed. There are many more cars moving in different directions and pedestrians walking, so following rules is critical.

  1. Drive slowly.
  2. Follow the arrows, signs, and lines.
  3. Watch for drivers, especially reversing in and out of parking spaces.
  4. Triple check your surroundings when reversing.
  5. Pay attention to pedestrians, especially children and people in wheelchairs.

The most important thing to remember when driving in a parking lot is to be fully aware of your surroundings in every direction. If you are relying on things like backup cameras or blind spot notifications, remember theses systems are only accurate as they are well maintained.

Fall is here! Time for pumpkin spice everything, colder weather, hunting season, and unfortunately deer accidents. Leading up to the coming months it is important to remember that October, November and December are the riskiest months for hitting deer,  a result of mating and hunting seasons. Did you know…

  • Michigan is ranked No. 8 on the list of states where drivers are most likely to have a claim from a collision with a deer, elk, or moose.
  • Drivers have a 1 in 60 chance of hitting a deer, elk, or moose.
  • The Insurance Information Institute and Insurance Institute for Highway Safety reported 191 deaths resulting from collisions with animals, deer being the most common, in 2013.

Unfortunately, the odds aren’t great for avoiding deer during the fall season in Michigan. So here are our xpert tips to help keep you safe and prepared for this fall!

  • Use extra caution in known deer zones.
  • Always wear your seat belt.
  • At night, when there is no oncoming traffic, use high beams.
  • Avoid swerving when you see a deer.
  • Scan the road for deer and other danger signs.
  • Do not rely on devices such as deer whistles.
  • Deer are on all roads, very unpredictable and often move in groups.
  • Deer movement is most prevalent in the fall.
  • The highest risk comes between dusk and dawn.

 

Back to School Safety Tips!


It’s that time of year again! School buses stopping frequently, more vehicles on the road, crazy carpooling, and kids walking or biking. Please follow the following Auto Body Xperts tips for keeping yourself, kids, and vehicles safe this school year.

  1. Yellow lights on a school bus means slow down – don’t speed up – because the bus is preparing to stop. There is a likely chance there are students waiting to get on or off the bus.
  2. Red lights flashing means the bus is stopping. Please stop at least 20 feet behind the school bus and never pass a stopped school bus. Once the school bus begins to move again keep your eyes out for students still moving about.
  3. Even when lights are not flashing, keep your eyes out for students moving throughout the road – particularly in the morning or mid-afternoon.

Parents, it is important to talk bus safety with your students. Always practice the SAFE method:

tay five steps from the curb.

Always wait until the bus comes to a complete stop and the bus driver tells you to board.

Face forward after finding a seat on the bus.

Exit the bus when it stops and look left-right-left for cars before crossing the street.

Are your kids bikers to school? As fun as biking can be to get to school, there are a few simple things to keep your  bike rider safe.

  1. Always wear a correctly fitted helmet, and securely fasten the chin strap.
  2. Ride in the same direction as traffic, and follow traffic signs and signals.
  3. Stay in the bike lane whenever possible.
  4. Never use electronics while riding – they are distracting.