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On Saturday, November 22nd, the owners of Shirley Auto Body loaded up their truck and delivered 71 turkeys to St. Jude’s Outreach to help feed needy families on Thanksgiving Day.
“This is our 3rd year that we have been fortunate enough to give back to the community,” said owner Anthony Posanti.
Proud to call Shirley their home, Anthony’s parents moved to this community in 1973. He was born and raised here and now raising his own daughter in Shirley.
Shirley Auto Body has been serving the community since 1974.
“We have been so blessed being able to operate our small business in this wonderful community for over 30 years now,” Anthony explained. “Giving back, especially during the holiday season, is our way making sure that everyone will have a special Thanksgiving.”
Anthony had some wonderful people helping him deliver all of the heavy turkeys to St. Jude. His father Joseph Posanti, his sister Kate Devenney, and her children Charleigh and Michael Devenney and his daughter Gwen Posanti all pitched in to make the day special.
When asked how it felt to help, 9-year-old Gwen said, “It feels really good to help people in need so they can feed their family for Thanksgiving.”
Welding Training & Certification
When a poor or improper weld is performed during a structural collision repair, it can compromise the vehicle’s structural integrity. The result may be a “repaired” vehicle that is dangerously unsafe to drive.
Our collision technicians at Shirley Auto Body understands the importance of welding for consumer safety. Yet 69 percent of technicians who weld in body shops today still lack formal welding training. As the industry prepares for a “technical tsunami” of new lightweight vehicles, the need for current welding training for ALL technicians who weld has never been more urgent.
Shirley Auto Body realizes the importance of welding training for complete, safe and quality welds. To address this critical consumer-safety issue, we have instituted Welding Training & Certification™ courses directly with I-Car.
Performing a safe and proper weld requires more than technician training and skill, however. The proper shop infrastructure and equipment are also essential. So here at Shirley Auto Body we use the newest welding equipment available.
Proper welds can save lives. Shirley Auto Body’s Welding Training & Certification through I-Car prepared our repair facility and technicians to perform them. With the safety of your family at stake how can you think of letting any one but Shirley Auto Body repair your car?
Parents and Caregivers (Source: www.safecar.gov)
Leaving Kids Alone in Hot Cars — Know the Risks
Even great parents can forget a child in the back seat, but caregivers who are unaccustomed to transporting children are especially prone to forgetting.
Think about the last time your routine was interrupted. Maybe you forgot something, or were afraid you might forget something. Or maybe you decided to leave your child alone in the car, thinking “I’ll just run into the store for a minute.” In either case, it’s important to know the risks and consequences associated with leaving kids in cars — especially hot cars.
- In 10 minutes, a car can heat up 20 degrees Fahrenheit.
- Cracking a window does little to keep the car cool.
- With temperatures in the 60s, your car can heat up to well above 110 degrees.
- A child’s body temperature can rise up to five times faster than an adult’s.
- Heatstroke can happen when the temperature is as low as 57 degrees outside!
- A child dies when his/her temperature reaches 107.
- The heat-related death of a child
- Misdemeanor with fines as high as $500 — and even imprisonment — in some states
- Felony, depending on the state, if bodily harm results from leaving kids alone in a hot car
- Note: The age of children who can be left unattended in a vehicle varies from state to state, as does the duration of time a child can be left alone in a car.
Prevention Tips to Avoid a Tragic Heatstroke
- Never leave a child alone in a car.
- Don’t let your kids play in an unattended vehicle. Teach them that a vehicle is not a play area.
- Never leave infants or children in a parked vehicle, even if the windows are partially open.
- Keep a large teddy bear or other stuffed animal in the car seat when it’s empty. Move the teddy bear to the front seat when you place the child in the seat as a visual reminder.
- If you are dropping your children off at childcare, but normally your spouse or partner drops them off, have your spouse or partner call you to make sure they were not left in the car.
- Become vigilant about looking in the vehicle before locking the door. Always look front and back before walking away — always!
Learn About Tire Safety (Source: SafeDriving.gov)
All motorists need to check their tire pressure at least once per month.
You can’t tell correct tire pressure just by looking. Use an accurate tire pressure gauge to measure pressure when tires are “cold” — meaning they haven’t been driven on for at least three hours.
Tire at 32 psi
(100% recommended pressure)
Tire at 16 psi
(50% recommended pressure)
The correct PSI or pressure for your tires is listed on your vehicle’s tire information label or in your owner’s manual, not what’s on the side of the tire.
Check the overall condition of your tires, particularly the tread and sidewalls, at least once a month.
Use the Lincoln’s head penny test, or look for the built-in wear bar indicators to determine when it’s time to replace your tires. Place a penny in the tread with Lincoln’s head upside down and facing you. If you can see the top of Lincoln’s head, you are ready for new tires.
The tread on this tire covers the top of Lincoln’s head, so it’s not yet ready for replacement.
Make note of any irregular tread wear. This could be an indication of a wheel misalignment, the need for a tire rotation, or both. Uneven tread wear is a sign that you need to take your car in for servicing.
WHAT IS DISTRACTED DRIVING?
Distracted driving is any activity that could divert a person’s attention away from the primary task of driving. All distractions endanger driver, passenger, and bystander safety. These types of distractions include:
- Using a cell phone or smartphone
- Eating and drinking
- Talking to passengers
- Reading, including maps
- Using a navigation system
- Watching a video
- Adjusting a radio, CD player, or MP3 player
But, because text messaging requires visual, manual, and cognitive attention from the driver, it is by far the most alarming distraction.
The best way to end distracted driving is to educate all Americans about the danger it poses. On this page, you’ll find facts and statistics that are powerfully persuasive. If you don’t already think distracted driving is a safety problem, please take a moment to learn more. And, as with everything on Distraction.gov, please share these facts with others. Together, we can help save lives.
Key Facts and Statistics
- The number of people killed in distraction-affected crashes decreased slightly from 3,360 in 2011 to 3,328 in 2012. An estimated 421,000 people were injured in motor vehicle crashes involving a distracted driver, this was a nine percent increase from the estimated 387,000 people injured in 2011.
- As of December 2012, 171.3 billion text messages were sent in the US (includes PR, the Territories, and Guam) every month. (CTIA)
- 10% of all drivers under the age of 20 involved in fatal crashes were reported as distracted at the time of the crash. This age group has the largest proportion of drivers who were distracted.
- Drivers in their 20s make up 27 percent of the distracted drivers in fatal crashes. (NHTSA)
- At any given daylight moment across America, approximately 660,000 drivers are using cell phones or manipulating electronic devices while driving, a number that has held steady since 2010. (NOPUS)
- Engaging in visual-manual subtasks (such as reaching for a phone, dialing and texting) associated with the use of hand-held phones and other portable devices increased the risk of getting into a crash by three times. (VTTI)
- Five seconds is the average time your eyes are off the road while texting. When traveling at 55mph, that’s enough time to cover the length of a football field blindfolded. (2009, VTTI)
- Headset cell phone use is not substantially safer than hand-held use. (VTTI)
- A quarter of teens respond to a text message once or more every time they drive. 20 percent of teens and 10 percent of parents admit that they have extended, multi-message text conversations while driving. (UMTRI)
A lot of people check the pressure listed on the tires themselves, but that’s actually the wrong place to look. The number on the tire is the maximum allowable air pressure — not the recommended pressure for that tire when used on your vehicle.
The recommended tire pressure is almost always lower than the maximum tire pressure. Check your owner’s manual to find out where to look on your vehicle to find the recommended measurement. This number usually is indicated either on the driver’s door pillar, the glove compartment door or sometimes on the gas filler door.
Once you know the manufacturer’s recommended tire pressure, then you need an accurate tire gauge to check the tire pressure. Some tire gauges, such as the popular pencil-style gauge, are notoriously inaccurate. Analog, dial-type gauges or digital gauges tend to be fairly accurate.
And when should you check the tire pressure?
You should check it when the tire is cold. That doesn’t mean you need to move to International Falls, Minn., to check your tire pressure. Cold, in this sense, simply means that your tires are at air temperature. You can check tire pressure any time of the day, as long as the tires have been sitting for a few hours or haven’t been driven for more than a few miles. In other words, you can drive to the gas station a few blocks away and ask them to check the pressure, but don’t expect to pull off the highway after driving for an hour and expect to get an accurate reading.
When you do check your tire pressure, remember to check all four tires.
Just because three of your tires are at 30 pounds doesn’t mean that the fourth tire isn’t nearly flat. Finally, check the spare tire at least once in a while — it would be an unpleasant surprise to find it flat when you need it. If you have a small, space-saver spare, then the pressure for that tire is probably not the same pressure as your regular tires. The correct tire pressure should be printed right on this particular type of spare.
This Is The Proper Way To Install A High-Back Booster Seat: Check Engine LightWhen your check engine lights comes on, you may be torn between utter panic and just wanting to ignore it and hope it goes away. That’s perfectly understandable. That same check engine light could come on for anything from a serious engine or transmission problem all the way down to a loose gas cap.There’s a very common misconception that the trouble codes stored in your engine computer when your check engine light comes on will specifically identify a problem. It’s really more like pointing to the symptoms of a problem.Think of taking your temperature. Say it’s 101. Your heat sensor – the thermometer – tells you that your temperature is out of the normal range. But it doesn’t tell you why you have a fever. Is it the flu or a sinus infection? You need more information; more tests.For any given trouble code, there could be a number of causes. So our trained technicians takes the trouble code as a starting point and begins a diagnostic process to determine the cause of the problem. And some problems take longer to solve than others.When your engine management system logs a problem and illuminates the check engine light, our service technicians will plug in a scanner, download the trouble codes and go to work tracing the cause of the problem.That’s just the first step. That’s when we put our training, equipment, databases and skill to diagnosing the problem to use and fix it.If your check engine light is flashing it means that the problem could lead to serious damage. You should bring you vehicle in as soon as possible to get the problem solved. If it’s on but not flashing, you have some time to get in at your convenienceCheap Brakes Can Be CostlyThere can be no doubt that the most important consideration when repairing your vehicle’s brakes is safety!Slowing the vehicle down to prevent accidents and reduce their severity is the number one reason to install high quality brakes. WHY ‘O WHY then does EVERYONE look for the CHEAPEST BRAKES!?!? When automakers design braking systems they have many engineering considerations to factor in, the weight of the car, it’s tire size, it’s width, it’s projected operating speeds, etc.During the Great Depression, you could get all four brakes relined for $19.99 (springs and hardware would cost extra). In today’s money, that’s equal to $282 according to the Consumer Price Index. So why are shops doing it for $69? Brakes shouldn’t be an area where quality can be compromised for cost.The brake repair market is taking on a “good enough” mentality when it comes to $69 brake jobs. Good enough to some is stopping in a reasonable distance under normal driving conditions and lasting for 20,000 miles. But good enough doesn’t cut it when asked to perform an emergency stop or a series of hard stops. The vehicle can become unsafe with longer stops and/or a low pedal. Is it really worth installing cheap brake pads in order to save a couple of dollars?Here is a photo of a car with the wheel off. This allows you to actually see the brake system components. You can see the 5 holes where the wheel would be attached to the rotor. The caliper squeezes the rotor with the pads, slowing the car down, much like a bicycle brake squeezes a bicycle wheel. The brake pad is composed of a steel backing plate with the brake friction material either glued or riveted to it. The brake friction material is a metal-like substance that is hard enough to resist braking temperatures and forces, but soft enough not to damage the brake rotor.The actual brake pad friction material can be constructed of an almost infinite number of compounds. Different brake compounds result in different brake operating temps, different levels of friction between the pad and the rotor, and different lengths of pad service life. This is where the quality question comes into play. Cheap steel is softer and less stiff than good quality, high carbon steel. The cost difference between cheap steel and high carbon steel or nodular iron is huge. When you buy a cheap, economy brake rotor, you are buying cheap Chinese steel, with low carbon content. The actual coal (China has a huge coal industry) is much lower quality that the coal used to make high quality steel or nodular iron. Keep that in mind, it will be important later. Now, the actual friction compound of the pads is very important. The manufacturer will choose a friction compound to operate at a certain temperature- the brake pad will generate the most friction and last the longest in a certain temperature range- usually 400-1000 degrees Fahrenheit. The pad and rotor composition must be “paired” so that the rotor can withstand the heat that the pads generate. Pads with a “harder” friction compound generate less friction for the same temperature, resulting in higher clamping force needed to get the same “Whoa”, and will generate more heat during braking. However, harder pads last longer, which all car owners love. This is the balance the engineer must find: Longevity, temperature, friction, and clamping force.New cars usually come with great brakes. The compound is designed specifically for that car model, and the quality and size of the brake rotor. The system is designed to work together. However, those pads are expensive, because they are made just for that car line. The pad compound is made as a liquid, in a giant vat, then formed as it cools. Now, if they change the compound everytime they make a different batch of pads, the manufacturing cost goes way up. To make less expensive brake pads and rotors, several corners are cut.The actual design of the cheap brake pad is more simplistic- they are usually NOT slotted, shimmed, or chamfered; those are the key design features to reduce noise from the system. The steel of the backing plate is cheaper and softer- the brake caliper will sometimes actually dig into the steel there, which will make a pad squeal like crazy- even a brand new one. The brake compound will be a “universal” compound- NOT the exact compound the manufacturer designed for use. The brake rotors will be made thinner, and of lower quality steel, and the design features like hub thickness and cooling fin design will be compromised. This results in a “mismatch” of brake components, and that means reduced stopping power, reduced service life, and usually a noisy brake system.To ensure your families safety let our Trained Technicians at Shirley Auto Body repair your brake system correctly. Call anytime and we will be happy to make sure your vehicle brakes operate correctly.Will My Car Drive The Same After It’s Repaired?One of the first questions that I am always asked is, “Will my car drive the same after the repairs?”. The answer simply stated is, YES!Collision Repair made here at Shirley Auto Body are made using today’s most State-Of-The-Art Technology. We use a Chief Easy Liner 3 frame machine and the newest measurement technology available today, the Chief Laser Lock Measurement System. Chief products are well known for their high quality, advanced technology. We are currently the only collision repair facility in all of Suffolk County to have the new innovative repair equipment.In the collision repair industry, technology has taken us from realigning the structure of a vehicle using mechanical gauges and measuring techniques – to having the option to measure electronically and therefore as accurately as technology will allow. Most passenger cars today use a unibody structure defined as a type of structure used in motor vehicles in which the floor, roof, and panels are welded together into one unit. While trucks and some SUV vehicles still use a body over frame design, most passenger cars and many SUV’s use a unibody structure. In a unibody structure a small or light collision can result in energy being translated throughout the vehicle. Damage can result in areas that are not even close to the impact point. If your vehicle is going to drive properly and safely after a repair, it is important that all damage is discovered prior to repair.We measure the unibody or frame using the Chief Laser Lock measuring system. It measures control points throughout the vehicle to ensure all damage is discovered and addressed. It is an electronic system that is incredibly accurate and takes user error out of the equation. Control points under the vehicle are measured as well as upper body components when necessary.Our system is completely computerized and the data in the system is taken directly from the manufacturer of your vehicle. As the frame rack pulls and pushes the structure of your vehicle back into its original position the computer follows the pulls and pushes determining electronically when the structure is back to factory specifications. By being able to eliminate over pulling, stretching, and under pulling of the vehicle’s structure, we are able to ensure the replaced and repaired body panels line up properly, and the suspension alignment is correct and accurate when the repair is complete.When finished, the computer generates a report showing the realignment of the structure. This report is stored permanently in your file for any potential buyers concerned with the Carfax report associated with your vehicle. If your shopping around for auto body repairs, ask the body shops if they can show you proof that your car was fixed correctly like those guys at Shirley Auto Body. Please stop in to learn more about this amazing advancement to insure your vehicle is repaired correctly.Teen Driving Tips(source: www.Safecar.gov)Teens’ inexperience behind the wheel makes them more susceptible to distraction behind the wheel. One in three teens who texts say he or she has done so while driving. Is your teen one of them? Dialing a phone while driving increases your teen’s risk of crashing by six times, and texting while driving increases the risk by 23 times. Talking or texting on the phone takes your teen’s focus off the task of driving, and makes their reaction time similar to that of a 70-year-old driver who is not using a phone.What Can You Do?
- Talk to your team about the rules and responsibilities involved in driving. Share some stories and statistics related to teen drivers and distracted driving. Remind your teen often that driving is a skill that requires full attention. Texts and phone calls can wait until arriving at his or her destination.
- Familiarize yourself with your State’s graduated licensing program, if there is one, and enforce its guidelines for your teen. Create your own rules if necessary. Restricting the number of passengers your teen can have, or the hours your teen can drive, is a very effective way to minimize distraction for your teen driver. Talk about the consequences of distracted driving and make yourself and your teen aware of your State’s penalties for talking or texting on a phone while driving.
- Set the example by keeping your eyes on the road and your hands on the wheel while driving. Be consistent between the message you tell your teen and your own driving behaviors. Kids learn from watching their parents.
Bottom Line:Eyes on the road, hands on the wheel. All the time.Get Involved!Learn more about distracted driving prevention among teens at http://www.distraction.gov Minicars fall short for small overlap frontal protection
ARLINGTON, Va. — Only 1 minicar out of 11 tested achieves an acceptable rating in the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety’s small overlap front crash test, making these tiny vehicles the worst performing group of any evaluated so far.The Chevrolet Spark’s acceptable rating in the test, along with good ratings in the Institute’s four other crashworthiness evaluations, earns the new minicar a 2014 TOP SAFETY PICK award. The Spark was among the initial award winners announced in December. The new small overlap test results for the rest of the minicar group mean that no other models in this size category join the Spark in the winner’s circle yet.
The Chevrolet Spark is the only minicar tested to earn an acceptable rating in the small overlap front test.
Introduced in 2012, the small overlap test replicates what happens when the front corner of a vehicle collides with another vehicle or an object such as a tree or utility pole. In the test, 25 percent of a vehicle’s front end on the driver’s side strikes a rigid barrier at 40 mph.The test is more difficult than the head-on crashes conducted by the government or the longstanding IIHS moderate overlap test because most of the vehicle’s front-end crush zone is bypassed. That makes it hard for the vehicle to manage crash energy, and the occupant compartment can collapse as a result. Nevertheless, in many size categories, manufacturers have found ways to improve vehicle structures to meet this challenge.”Small, lightweight vehicles have an inherent safety disadvantage. That’s why it’s even more important to choose one with the best occupant protection,” says Joe Nolan, IIHS senior vice president for vehicle research. “Unfortunately, as a group, minicars aren’t performing as well as other vehicle categories in the small overlap crash.”In contrast to the minicar group’s performance, most models in the small car category, which are a little larger, have done much better in the test. There are five good ratings and five acceptable ratings among 17 small cars that have been evaluated so far.Looking at the component ratings that make up the overall marks, every minicar, including the Spark, rates marginal or poor for structure, the most fundamental element of occupant protection. When a vehicle’s structure doesn’t hold up, injury risk is high. Collapsing structures can knock frontal airbags and seats out of position, exacerbating the problem.
Worst performers: In both the Honda Fit (left) and the Fiat 500, intruding structure seriously compromised the driver space, and the dummy’s head didn’t stay in contact with the frontal airbag. The 500’s driver door tore open at the hinges.
All the vehicles except the Spark and the Mazda 2 also earn low ratings for restraints and kinematics. Seven of the 11 were downgraded for allowing too much occupant forward motion during the crash. In these cases, either the safety belt didn’t do a good enough job holding the dummy in place, or the dummy’s head missed or slid off the frontal airbag. The side curtain airbag, which has an important role to play in small overlap frontal crashes, provided insufficient forward coverage in eight of the minicars and didn’t deploy at all in the Toyota Yaris. In many models, the steering column moved sideways, and in three cars the seat tipped.The two worst performers are the Honda Fit and the Fiat 500. In both cases, intruding structure seriously compromised the driver’s space, and the steering column was pushed back toward the driver. In the case of the Fit, the dummy’s head barely contacted the frontal airbag before sliding off and hitting the instrument panel. During the test of the 500, the driver door opened after the hinges tore. An open door creates a risk that the driver could be partially or completely ejected.Injury measures on the dummy’s left legs are marginal or poor for many models. In most cases, potential injuries involved the lower leg, but the Fit, 500 and Hyundai Accent were downgraded for left thigh or hip injury. The Fit and 500 were the only vehicles to record elevated injury risk to the right leg as well.Despite its marginal structure, the Spark achieves an acceptable overall rating because the dummy’s movement was fairly well controlled and its injury measures were low. The Spark is the only vehicle with good injury measures for all body regions, including the lower leg and foot, generally a problematic area in the small overlap test. This may be related to the fact that the structure around the lower part of the occupant compartment held up better than other minicars, despite intrusion in the upper part.Consumers should remember that the Spark, while offering more small overlap protection than other minicars, weighs less than 2,500 pounds and doesn’t protect as well as a larger and heavier vehicle with a comparable rating. Frontal crash test results can’t be compared across weight classes.In addition, neither the Spark nor the other minicars in the test group offer front crash prevention, an increasingly common safety feature that can prevent or mitigate some kinds of frontal crashes. For 2014, vehicles must be available with front crash prevention to qualify for the highest safety award from IIHS, TOP SAFETY PICK+.Source – iihs website 2014——-Motor-vehicle crashes are the number one killer of teens in America; almost half of teens killed in crashes are the driver themselves“Your family’s Safety is our highest priority, especially when it comes to teens, who are often our least experienced drivers,” said Anthony Posanti. “The NHTSA‘s ‘5 to Drive’ campaign gives parents and teens a simple, straightforward checklist that can help them talk about good driving skills and most importantly, prevent a tragedy before it happens.”NHTSA data show motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of death for teenagers 14-18 years-old in the United States. In 2011, 2,105 teen drivers were involved in fatal crashes. Of those teens involved in fatal crashes, 1,163 (55 percent) survived, and 942 (45 percent) died in the crash.The “5 to Drive” campaign encourages parents to discuss with their teens one safety topic each day. The “5 to Drive” campaign topics are:
- No cell phone use or texting while driving,
- No extra passengers,
- No speeding,
- No alcohol, prescription medication or drugs, and
- No driving or riding without a seat belt.
The list is designed to counteract poor driving decisions that have contributed heavily to the high death rate among teen drivers, as evidenced by:In 2011, over half of the teen occupants of passenger vehicles who died in crashes were unrestrained;
Speeding was a factor in 35 percent of fatal crashes involving a teen driver;
Twelve percent of teen drivers involved in fatal crashes were distracted at the time; and
n 2011, 505 people nationwide died in crashes in which drivers between 14 and 18 years old had alcohol in their systems, despite the fact that all states have Zero Tolerance Laws for drinking and driving under age 21.Peer pressure is also a contributing factor in teen crash deaths. When the teen driver in a fatal crash was unrestrained, almost four-fifths of that driver’s teen passengers were unrestrained as well. Moreover, one NHTSA study found that a teenage driver was 2.5 times more likely to engage in risky behaviors when driving with one teenage passenger and three times more likely with multiple teenager passengers.”Inexperience and immaturity, combined with speed, drinking and driving, not wearing seat belts, distracted driving, and other teen passengers contribute to the high fatality rate of teens involved in fatal crashes,” said NHTSA Administrator David Strickland. “I encourage all parents of teenagers to have an open discussion with their teen about the dangers common among young drivers and to make sure they use our ‘5 To Drive’ program to develop the necessary skills to drive safely every trip, every time.”Poor decisions among teen drivers can lead to crashes and fatalities at any time of the day, but fatal teen driver crashes are most frequent between 3 and 8 p.m., and remain high until midnight.Talk to the young drivers in your household. Call us anytime to make an appointment so your young drivers can see what a car looks like after an accident. Sometimes seeing how severely damaged a car is after an accident will make them think twice.—————-HYUNDAI SERVICE BULLETIN:Hyundai has officially announced what Shirley Auto Body has known for a long time: Using aftermarket oil filters, like the ones used when you choose a cheap $19.99 oil change, can damage your vehicle and cause engine knocking. Shirley Auto Body stands behind our oil changes. We offer quality manufacturer approved parts for all vehicles, not just for Hyundai. This service bulletin, released by Hyundai Corporate, is one of many from manufacturers that show using inferior parts can be detrimental to the health of your vehicle. When choosing an oil change, price shouldn’t be the only thing you look at. Make sure you are receiving high quality, manufacturer approved parts for all service on your vehicle. Click the image below to enlarge:Hyundai Technical Service Bulletin September 2012
|We recommend a high-quality digital or dial-type tire-pressure gauge like this one.|