Tips for driving in a rainstorm – how should you handle wet weather driving

Tips for driving in a rainstorm – how should you handle wet weather driving

The most dangerous time to drive is during a rainstorm when it hits the hardest.  In stormy and rainy conditions, it is more difficult to see other vehicles, road signs and the road itself. It is critical to make sure you can see and be seen.

There are several measures motorists can take to avoid an auto collision during a rainstorm.  First, slow down.  It seems obvious, but many drivers are used to driving certain speeds on certain roads that sometimes they forget the need to slow down during a storm.  Next, turn on your headlights, even if it’s a light rain, this will not only help increase your visibility of the road but will also help other drivers see you better.  While driving slowly, stay in the middle lane, as the water tends to be heavier on the outside lanes and never drive through “moving” water.  “Moving” water can sweep your car off the ground and cause an auto accident.  While driving in wet-weather always maintain a proper distance between yourself and the vehicle in front of you – if you need to stop quickly your brake pads will need that extra space to avoid the car in front of you and driving in the tracks of other vehicles can improve traction and help avoid hydroplaning.

With heavy rain, this is what you need to know before getting into your car.   Taking a few precautions and using wet-weather driving techniques will keep you from ending up sopping wet on the shoulder of the freeway, waiting for a tow truck. Or worse.


How to pick a auto collision repair shop

How to Pick an Auto Collision Repair Shop

First, find out which auto collision repair shop your insurance company, friends, or family recommends.    When you take your vehicle to Gerber Collision & Glass there’s less work for you! Gerber Collision & Glass will work with your insurance company on your behalf, managing the claim and direct-billing at the end.

Second, a good car collision body repair shop will keep you informed, answer any questions related to your vehicle, provide you with a quote and make sure that the work on your car or truck is done correctly until your satisfaction.  Gerber Collision & Glass has been in the auto body repair business for over 70 years, and our specialists only use the highest quality parts and materials to restore your car. Best of all, our parts and workmanship are each guaranteed. You’ll always get quality repairs that will ensure the safety of your family.

Choosing a quality body shop isn’t an easy task, so avoid the stress and the disruption. With Gerber Collision & Glass you’ll enjoy an easy, hassle-free collision repair that gets you back on the road in no time.

How to check for an auto recall

Just this week in the new, Honda is recalling 600,000 Accord midsize cars in the U.S. and Canada to fix a faulty power steering hose that can leak fluid and cause a fire .  Because of this, the auto collision department at Gerber Collision and Glass thought it would be a great time to remind folks about the auto recalls.

The Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards set minimum performance requirements for vehicle parts such as brakes, tires, lighting, air bags, safety belts, child restraints, energy absorbing steering columns, and motorcycle helmets.   These Standards are applicable to all vehicles a in the United States.  When a motor vehicle or item of motor vehicle equipment does not comply with a Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard, the vehicle is recalled.

When the manufacturer or the government concedes that there is a defect an Official Safety Recall Notice, which provides details about the problem as well as instructions on the best way to handle it, is sent to owners who are at risk. In most cases, drivers are advised to bring the car to their dealer as soon as possible.  The auto collision repair department at Gerber encourages you to call your local dealership – Even if you didn’t buy the car there, the maker of your car covers these recalls.

If you would like to check on recalls for your car, you can check the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s website here.

Back to School Safety

Back to School Safety

Children across the nation are heading back to school and drivers need to take precaution on the road.  Motorists need to be especially careful in school zones. Parents need to review safety rules with their kids about walking or bike riding. 

Children who walk to school need to use the sidewalks.  When there are no sidewalks, they need to walk on the side facing traffic.  Kids should always wear a helmet when riding a bike. 

When a child is taking a bus to school they need to stand away from the curb.  Bus riders should get on and off of the bus when the driver says it’s okay.  Kids need to stay seated until the bus has come to a complete stop. 

Children need to cross the streets using crosswalks.  They need to look both ways to make sure a car is not coming. 

Drivers can also practice safety measures on the road.  Be extra careful before and after school.  Don’t pass a school bus when its lights are flashing.  Always drive the speed limits.  When a driver is leaving their driveway, make sure there are no kids walking by. 

Gerber Collision and Glass would like to have a fun and safe school year for everyone.  Please review back to school safety rules.

Driving in windy weather

Driving in windy weather

Every driver should know tips on how to drive in windy weather.  Drivers may encounter high gusts of winds while they are driving.  .

Start off by dropping your speed. Be careful of any branches or trees that may fall onto the road. Driving slowly can reduce impact when running into any unpredicted debris.

Trucks, buses or vehicles towing trailers are the most prone to being blown off the course by the wind.  Pay attention to those vehicles.   Always keep both hands on the wheel to make sure you have control of your vehicle.

Seek shelter if the high winds turn into a tornado.  Don’t ever try and drive faster than the tornado in your car.   If there is no shelter close, exit your vehicle and find a ditch to stay in until it is safe.

If you are home don’t get in your car if you know there is a tornado in your area.  Wait until the bad conditions subside.

Gerber Collision and Glass advise you to always proceed with caution when you are driving in windy weather.

Driving with a fussy baby

Driving with a fussy baby

Got a fussy baby in the backseat of your car?  This can be very distracting for any driver.  It can also be very dangerous if you do not know what to do in the event your baby starts to scream.  Never take your eyes off the road.  You’ve seen it in movies where the driver reaches back to sooth the child.  This is the worst possible thing to do while driving.  The best thing to do is pull over and take care of the situation.  Many infants are born with colic, a type of gassy condition that can bother them tremendously.  If your baby has a colic episode while driving, there are a few things you can do to resolve the situation.  

If you are unable to pull over, try putting the radio on a static channel.  Colic babies love the sound of white noise and it can be very comforting.  If you come to a stop light you can try revving the gas a little while in park.  The vibrations from the engine can help the baby calm down as well.  You may also want to try and feed your baby after the car ride.  Babies that drive on a full stomach can become nauseated much quicker.  Gerber Collision and Glass have seen the devastation a distracted driver can cause.   Never become stressed if your child starts to cry.  Take charge of the situation.  Try a few of these recommendations and get you and your child home safely.

Distracted Driving: Tips for Managing Distractions

Distracted Driving: Tips for Managing Distractions

Distracted driving is unsafe, irresponsible and in a split second, its consequences can be devastating. According to US Department of Transportation, in 2010 alone, over 3,000 people were killed in distracted driving collisions.

Distracted driving consists of three areas: Manual, Visual, and Cognitive.  Manual, meaning a driver takes their hands off the wheel.  Visual, a driver takes their eyes off the road. And Cognitive, a driver takes their mind off the road.  All types of distractions can result in an auto collision and endanger the driver, passengers, and any other bystanders.

Some typical distractions include:

  • Texting or Using a cell phone or smartphone
  • Eating, drinking, grooming
  • Talking to passengers
  • Reading, including maps such as a GPS
  • Watching a video, Adjusting a radio, CD player, or MP3 player

To prevent distracted driving it begins with things you do BEFORE you get behind he wheel …

  • Preset radio stations, MP3 devices, and climate control.
  • Secure items that may move around when the car is in motion.
  • Send the messages you need before you leave and turn off or silence your phone.  It will prevent you from picking up the phone when you here it “beep” or “ring”.
  • Eat or drink before you hit the road.
  • Do your personal grooming at home – not in the car.
  • Review maps and driving directions before hitting the road
  • Ask a passenger to help you with activities that may be distracting.

Distracted driving causes auto collisions and is very serious safety problem.

Teen Driving: How to begin teaching your teenager to drive

Teen Driving: You are not alone as you prepare your teen to be a safe and smart driver and Gerber Collision suggests taking the first step in preparing your teen to drive – being a role model.

Even though we don’t think our teens listen to us, according to research, teens value the opinions of their parents most of all.  That’s why sharing your knowledge of driving, car crashes, and road rules is so important as your teenagers learns to drive. Be a role model:

  • Always wear your safety belt.
  • Obey traffic laws.
  • Do not use a cell phone while driving.
  • Watch your speed.
  • Don’t tailgate.
  • Use your turn signals.
  • Don’t drive when angry or tired.
  • Talk to your teen about being a safe passenger

Being a role model will not only avoid dangerous auto collisions for you and your family, but the  earlier you address safety, the smoother the teaching process will be.

How do I use Carpooling Lanes?

Do you ever see those triangles on the road when your’ on an interstate?  They are usually in the left hand lanes and are there for a certain purpose.  These are called the carpool lanes.  They are usually used during the morning hours and the rush hour in late afternoon.  They are designed to maximize auto capacity of freeways, move more people per vehicle, save travel time, and provide safe travel options; limiting auto collisions.  Don’t take these lanes for granted.  They are strictly for vehicles with more than one occupant.  Some states have passed a law that makes it illegal to be in these lanes during the hours posted without the correct number of people in a vehicle.

Be aware that you may be issued a ticket if you are caught in these lanes if you are not carpooling.  These lanes are a way of eliminating traffic and controlling smog.  Some people in recent years have called them unconstitutional.  Whatever the case, these lanes are there and you should be aware of their purpose.  You can avoid a collision by staying in these lanes if you meet the guidelines.  Gerber Collision and Glass strongly advise staying out of these lanes during the posted carpooling times if you are not carpooling.  This only causes more traffic and headaches, and could put you and other drivers in danger.

Gerber Collision and Glass Can Help

Gerber Collision and Glass Can Help

Gerber Collision and Glass realize that an accident can be very stressful on you and your family.  Even a minor collision can have a tremendous impact on your psyche and your wallet.  We’re here to alleviate these worries.  We have over seventy years of experience in the auto repair industry.  We have some of the most qualified auto technicians in the business.  Whether it’s a simple repair or a full restoration, Gerber Collision and Glass are committed to total customer satisfaction.

We use the most state of the art computerized paint systems to complete the job right the first time.  We also offer a lifetime guarantee on all of our work.  We know that being without a vehicle is tough.  If you need a rental car or a courtesy vehicle, we can arrange this as well for you.  There is no job too big or too small.  We have expanded our offices throughout Canada and the United States, including our new office in Tampa, Florida.  Visit us at Gerber Collision and for more information on our services and office locations.

Don’t let a cracked windshield run

Don’t let a cracked windshield run

What is the function of a windshield on a vehicle? Have we ever really thought about it?  It seems like the only time we think about it is when it is cracked or in need of some attention.  We know it protects the driver from weather and debris. The windshield also supports the roof and decreases the chance of the roof caving in if it is involved in a collision. The windshield should be maintained to keep your vehicle in top shape.  There are a few tips you want to consider when properly inspecting your windshield.

Make sure there are no stickers or decals in your view.  These can hinder your sight and create a blind spot in front of you.  A small crack in your windshield should not be overlooked.  Cold weather or pressure can cause the crack to spread.  This may also become a hazard in your ability to see out the front.  Gerber Collision and Glass recommends getting cracks or nicks in your windshield looked at as soon as possible.  If it spreads you may need the entire windshield replaced, so it’s best to get a professional to diagnose the condition of the glass at the earliest possible time.

Gerber Collision and Glass can evaluate and assess the condition of your windshield at any stage.  Customer satisfaction has been job one over the years and continues to be what this business strives for every day.  It is important to make sure your windshield is in good condition.  Routinely check to make sure there are no cracks or divots.  It can become a major safety issue if cracked windshields are not taken care of.

Thanksgiving Safety on the Road

Thanksgiving Safety on the Road  


Thanksgiving is a time to be with family and express what we are truly thankful for.  It is also a time to be more aware on the highways.  This week is the busiest travel time of the year.  Extra precautions are necessary to make your trip go smooth and without incident.  There are a few issues you may want to go over before hopping in the car.

Traffic is going to be crazy in a lot of places.  Check your local news or radio stations and listen for the traffic report.  This will give you an idea of what you are up against.  Most states have a phone number you can call for traffic information.  Check your states web site for more information that might be useful for you.  Be aware if you are traveling to other states as the weather may change drastically.  Always know the situation you are driving to.

Make sure your vehicle is ready for the road.  Check your tire pressure.  Low tire pressure can cause a blowout which could lead to a collision.  All the fluid levels in your vehicle should also be checked and filled to the proper levels.  Again, make sure you know the conditions of where you are going.  If you are driving from 80 degree temperatures to weather in the 30’s, your car has to be ready for the change. 

Drive with extreme caution.  The Thanksgiving holiday has triple the amount of people driving under the influence of alcohol.  Always wear your seat belt and be courteous to other drivers.  This is not a time to rush.  Law enforcement will be everywhere.  Know your speed limit and arrive at your family’s house safe.  Gerber Collision and Glass recommends using precaution this holiday season.  With the economy still down more people will be driving then flying.  Recognize the issues that may lie ahead and you will have a wonderful Thanksgiving.



Get Your Trailer Ready To Roll

Towing a Trailer

So you got the luggage packed.  The kids are already getting restless in the SUV.  The trailer is packed with the tent and fishing tackle.  Everything is set for the big camping trip. There is one thing you may have overlooked.  That thing you’re towing behind you.  Safety is job one when towing a trailer.

Towing a trailer is something that should not be taken lightly.  There are many safety issues that must be evaluated before that camping trip starts.  Make sure the lights are connected correctly.  All of the necessary lights need to be working.  Test the brake, running, turn, tail and hazard lights.  Remember cars can’t see the brake lights on your vehicle.  It is up to the trailer.

Make sure the ball hitch is the proper size.  It should match up to the size on the trailer. You do not want it too big or small.  Always use a pin when locking down the trailer.  Make sure you have safety chains that attach to your vehicle securely.  Check the tires and make sure they are inflated to their proper levels.  This should be done with your car as well.

The addition of a trailer adds more weight and length to your vehicle.  More weight means less time to stop.  Always drive with caution to avoid a collision.  More length means you have to make wider turns and be more aware when changing lanes.  At Gerber Collision and Glass we believe towing safety should never be taken for granted.  Read the manual for your trailer. Make sure all of these issues are dealt with before your next big trip.

National Teen Driver Safety Week Raises Awareness

National Teen Driver Safety Week

How can we keep our teenagers safe on the roadways?   October 16th through the 22nd is National Teen Driver Safety Week.   Its objective is to educate the country and find resolutions to prevent teen deaths behind the wheel.  This program is held the third week of October each year.  It was recognized by Congress in 2007.   The program is designed to help parents show their teens how to drive safely and effectively.   Research shows there are fewer collisions with teenagers whose parents are actively involved in their driving.  Teenagers must know driving laws and allow their parents assistance in teaching them. 

National Teen Driver Safety Week helps parents become better driving instructors for their children.  The program gives parents tips on how to help them deal with everyday driving situations. It also is a great platform in outlining how to stay out of a collision.  There are many great resources online that give parents advice when dealing with teenage driving.  The main cause of death for adolescents is car accidents.  More than 5,000 teens are killed each year as a result of vehicle crashes.  Parents must observe their teens when they are driving.  This will decrease teen auto collisions.  Gerber Collision and Glass highly encourages parents to help their teenagers learn how to drive.

Changing lanes with blind spot mirrors

Blind Spot Mirrors   


Blind spot mirrors are a key component to vehicle safety.  The blind spot in a moving vehicle is a safety issue that must be stressed. Many decisions must be made when attempting to change lanes or pass another vehicle.  Before changing into another lane you must be sure there is no traffic or obstacles. This could hinder the safety of you or others. One major problem with attempting to change lanes is turning your head around to look in the other lane. Although we have all done it, this takes focus off of what is in front of us.  This could result in an auto collision

 Blind spot mirrors allow the driver to see traffic without turning the focus away from what is ahead of them. These mirrors are installed on the corners of the side mirrors and are designed to pick up the blind spot. The blind spot is the area you cannot see with just the side mirrors alone. Blind spot safety mirrors are an excellent device that can be installed in seconds and are sold at a low cost.  Gerber Collision and Glass recommends checking all safety issues with your vehicle before your next lane change.

Kid Safety in Moving Vehicles

Kid Safety in Moving Vehicles

If you plan to travel in a car with children, vehicle safety is extremely essential.  Timely preparation must take place to decide which vehicle is best for your family. When a small car collides with a big vehicle, the smaller car has a greater chance of losing.  The most dangerous kind of crash is rolling over.  SUVs have a higher risk of turning over.  Minivans are great vehicles to drive with children in the car. There is plenty of space to accommodate the kids and the accessories that they bring in the car.

Carpooling is becoming more popular in today’s time.  Keeping other parents children safe is just as important. Gerber Collision and Glass recommend looking for cars with complete safety features and exceptional crash test results.  The aftermath of a collision can be stressful, time consuming, and costly.  Please take the required steps to ensure that your vehicle is safe from unnecessary auto collisions.  This will keep your kids safe when you are on the road!

Tire Maintenance and checking air pressure

Tire Maitenance

When to check tire inflation

Proper inflation of your tires is one of the most important aspect of tire maintenance for your vehicle. Only 1 out of 7 car owners correctly checks tire pressure each month. Vehicle owners should check the air pressure on all tires, including spare tires at least once a month.  To help you remember, Gerber Collision and Glass recommends checking air pressure when your car payment or insurance is do each month. If you get in the habit of checking this when you make payments it will become part of your routine.  Regular rotation of your tires will also help prevent irregular and premature wear.

Gerber wants to remind you that proper tire rotation prevents auto collisions.

Car Safety Tips to prevent accidents – how to

We all do it… we go through a drive thru, and pick up something to eat, right…??  But, is eating in the car really a safe thing to do???  How many accidents are caused each year from eating in the car??  Well, nearly 80 percent of accidents are caused by distractions due to eating in the car!  Yes, that is a huge percentage folks!  There are several resources that confirmed this number including, article, and an Accidents Direct article.  The most common culprit was coffee and hamburgers.  Please take this very serious gang; we want to make sure that drivers are safe behind the wheel.  We don’t want that ketchup to slip out of your burger, or the coffee to spill, or any other distraction to happen that might take your focus off of driving.  Take those burgers home and eat them there! Gerber Collision and Glass is always right here for any and all of your automobile needs!

Gerber Collision and Glass

Gerber Collision & Glass offers full service auto body repairs and auto glass services to get you up and running. We’ll help you deal with your insurance company, coordinate rental cars and ensure your downtime is limited.

Gerber Collision & Glass is part of The Boyd Group, the largest operator of collision repair facilities in North America.

Our services include collision repair, auto glass repair, auto body repair, auto glass replacement, dent repair, and more.

Visit our website for more information on Gerber Collision and Glass.

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