Lowest running costs

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When it comes to buying a new car there are so many variables to consider, one of the most common is ongoing costs.

AS you start thinking about exactly how much petrol you need to out in your car every week for your daily activities, it’s important to remember running costs don’t stop there. Anyone who has owned a “luxury brand” (think German/British) you’ll know that the extra costs of servicing alone can double the everyday costs compared to some lower-cost Asian makes. 

If you are after pure affordabilty it’s fairly obvious that the smaller the car, the lower the running costs, and the lower the depreciation – mainly due to the lower initial outlay. While cheap and cheerful can be great for those only needing to transport themselves from point a to point b, for those of us that need to take passengers, school bags, trade tools, or even rideshare something bigger is exactly what we start looking for.

Considering the lowest price large sedan requires double the outlay of the micro Mitsubishi Mirage ($115.11 per week) or Kia Picanto ($111.49), it’s important to choose wisely when upsizing. Currently, the large sedan costing the lowest amount day today is the Holden Commodore ($219.43), with the cheapest to run mid-size sedan being the Toyota Camry Hybrid ($181.18). 

 

Micro $/week
KIA PICANTO S (AEB) JA MY19 5D HATCHBACK INLINE 4 1248 cc MPFI 5 SP MANUAL $111.49
MITSUBISHI MIRAGE ES LA MY19 5D HATCHBACK INLINE 3 1193 cc MPFI 5 SP MANUAL $115.11
FIAT 500 POP SERIES 6 3D HATCHBACK INLINE 4 1242 cc MPFI 5 SP MANUAL $129.27
Light
KIA RIO S YB MY19 5D HATCHBACK INLINE 4 1368 cc MPFI 4 SP AUTOMATIC $111.79
SUZUKI SWIFT GL AL 5D HATCHBACK INLINE 4 1242 cc MPFI CONTINUOUS VARIABLE $117.72
SUZUKI BALENO GL MY16 4D HATCHBACK INLINE 4 1373 cc MPFI 4 SP AUTOMATIC $121.99
Small
KIA CERATO S (AV) BD MY19 5D HATCHBACK INLINE 4 1999 cc MPFI 6 SP AUTOMATIC $134.55
HOLDEN ASTRA R BK MY19 5D HATCHBACK TURBO 4 1399 cc TDFI 6 SP AUTOMATIC $146.54
MITSUBISHI LANCER ES SPORT CF MY17 4D SEDAN INLINE 4 1998 cc MPFI CVT AUTO 6 SPEED $146.64
Medium
TOYOTA CAMRY ASCENT SPORT (HYBRID) AXVH71R MY19 4D SEDAN INLINE 4 2494 cc MPFI $181.18
TOYOTA CAMRY ASCENT SPORT ASV70R MY19 4D SEDAN INLINE 4 2494 cc MPFI 6 SP $185.74
HYUNDAI SONATA ACTIVE LF4 MY19 4D SEDAN INLINE 4 2359 cc GDi 6 SP AUTOMATIC $186.11
Large
HOLDEN COMMODORE RS (5YR) ZB 5D LIFTBACK TURBO 4 1998 cc TDFI 9 SP AUTOMATIC $219.43
HOLDEN COMMODORE RS (5YR) ZB 5D LIFTBACK V6 3649 cc DIRFI 9 SP AUTOMATIC $235.31
TOYOTA CAMRY SL V6 GSV70R MY19 4D SEDAN V6 3456 cc DDMPFI 8 SP AUTOMATIC $244.68
People Mover
HONDA ODYSSEY VTi RC MY19 4D WAGON INLINE 4 2356 cc MPFI CONTINUOUS VARIABLE $207.84
HYUNDAI iMAX ACTIVE TQ4 MY19 4D WAGON DIESEL TURBO 4 2497 cc TCDI 5 SP AUTOMATIC $232.54
KIA CARNIVAL S YP MY19 4D WAGON V6 3342 cc MPFI 8 SP AUTOMATIC $237.38
SUV Small
HYUNDAI KONA ACTIVE (FWD) OS.2 MY19 4D WAGON INLINE 4 1999 cc MPFI 6 SP AUTOMATIC $156.75
HONDA HR-V VTi MY18 4D WAGON INLINE 4 1799 cc MPFI CONTINUOUS VARIABLE $160.21
SUZUKI JIMNY GJ 2D WAGON INLINE 4 1462 cc MPFI 4 SP AUTOMATIC 4×4 $161.82
SUV Medium
TOYOTA RAV4 GXL (2WD) MXAA52R 5D WAGON INLINE 4 1987 cc DIRFI CONTINUOUS VARIABLE $187.62
FORD ESCAPE AMBIENTE (AWD) ZG MY18.5 4D WAGON TURBO 4 1499 cc TMPFI 6 SP $192.04
MAZDA CX-5 MAXX (4×4) MY19 (KF SERIES 2) 4D WAGON INLINE 4 2488 cc DIRFI 6 SP AUTOMATIC $193.47
SUV Large
SUBARU OUTBACK 2.5i MY18 4D WAGON INLINE 4 2498 cc MPFI CONTINUOUS VARIABLE $207.39
SUBARU OUTBACK 2.0D MY18 4D WAGON DIESEL TURBO 4 1998 cc TCDI CONTINUOUS VARIABLE $213.43
MAZDA CX-8 SPORT (AWD) (5YR) KG MY18 4D WAGON TWIN TURBO 4 2191 cc TTCDI 6 SP AUTOMATIC $221.38
SUV All Terrain
ISUZU MU-X LS-M (4×4) UC MY18 4D WAGON DIESEL TURBO 4 2999 cc TCDI 6 SP AUTO $229.31
TOYOTA FORTUNER GX GUN156R MY19 4D WAGON DIESEL TURBO 4 2753 cc DTFI 6 SP AUTOMATIC $231.63
MITSUBISHI PAJERO SPORT GLX (4×4) 5 SEAT QE MY19 4D WAGON DIESEL TURBO 4 2442 cc TCDI 8 SP AUTOMATIC $232.91
2wd Utility
MITSUBISHI TRITON GLX ADAS MR MY19 DOUBLE CAB P/UP DIESEL TURBO 4 2440 cc DTFI 6 SP AUTOMATIC $211.33
ISUZU D-MAX SX HI-RIDE (4×2) TF MY18 CREW CAB UTILITY DIESEL TURBO 4 2999 cc TCDI 6 SP AUTOMATIC $219.37
FORD RANGER XL 2.2 HI-RIDER (4×2) PX MKIII MY19 DOUBLE CAB P/UP DIESEL TURBO 4 2198 cc DTFI 6 SP AUTOMATIC $222.62
4wd Utility
MITSUBISHI TRITON GLX (4×4) MR MY19 DOUBLE CAB P/UP DIESEL TURBO 4 2440 cc DTFI 6 SP AUTOMATIC $230.49
HOLDEN COLORADO LS (4×4) (5YR) RG MY19 CREW CAB P/UP DIESEL TURBO 4 2776 cc DTFI 6 SP AUTOMATIC $240.10
ISUZU D-MAX SX HI-RIDE (4×4) TF MY18 CREW CAB UTILITY DIESEL TURBO 4 2999 cc TCDI 6 SP AUTOMATIC $245.00
Electric
HYUNDAI IONIQ ELECTRIC ELITE (BLACK GRILLE) AE.2 4D HATCHBACK NOT APPLICABLE 0000 $195.89
RENAULT ZOE INTENS 4D HATCHBACK NOT APPLICABLE 0000 ELEC 1 SP AUTOMATIC $218.26
MITSUBISHI OUTLANDER PHEV (HYBRID) ES ZL MY19 4D WAGON INLINE 4 1998 cc MPFI 1 SP $244.32
Sports
TOYOTA 86 GT ZN6 MY18 2D COUPE INLINE 4 1998 cc MPFI 6 SP AUTO SEQUENTIAL $197.39
MAZDA MX-5 ROADSTER ND MY19 2D CONVERTIBLE INLINE 4 1496 cc GDi 6 SP AUTOMATIC $201.91
SUBARU BRZ MY19 2D COUPE INLINE 4 1998 cc DIRFI 6 SP AUTOMATIC $202.89

Info above from our friends at RAA read the full article here

$600 and 3 demerit points!

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If you’ve been watching the news lately you may have seen that South Australian drivers are being fined in excess of $600 for using their phones behind the wheel. Below is a statement that SAPOL released last week regarding OPERATION FATAL DISTRACTION.

 

Commencing Monday 5 August, a new road safety enforcement campaign will commence. This will be called ‘Operation Fatal Distraction’ and we will have a dedicated focus on distraction type offences – primarily those using mobile telephones.

Officer in Charge of the Road Safety Branch, Superintendent Bob Gray has highlighted that distraction is one of the biggest killers of South Australians on our roads so far this year. There are now 71 South Australians who have died on our roads so far this year compared to 42 at the same time last year.

 

“There is clearly a section of our motoring community who are just not getting the road safety message – or they simply just don’t care who they hurt – including themselves,” he said.

Superintendent Gray said, “These people know exactly who they are. They are making selfish, dangerous and potentially fatal decisions which ultimately have terrible consequences for their family or for other South Australians who they might indiscriminately hurt or kill.

We know there are road users out there who think the worst thing about being stopped by police is receiving a fine, but we know there are far worse things. Police are doing everything we can”.

On Monday SAPOL’s latest enforcement campaign Operation Fatal Distraction will come into force and it and run between Monday 4 August and Friday 9 August 2019.

“We need to strongly reinforce our language – distraction on our roads lead to people dying.

This is a blitz on distracted drivers and we make no apology for using every tactic – both overt and covert at our disposal. Every available member of the Traffic Support Branch, assisted by operational police across the state, will be focused on stopping selfish and dangerous drivers from killing themselves and others”, he said.

Police will be out and about in a range of different locations; using a diverse range of different tactics; and will focus on all distraction offences but primarily people using their mobile telephones whilst driving.

From 1 July the expiation fee for using a handheld mobile while driving was raised to $534, plus a $60 Victims of Crime Levy and three demerit points.

 

STAY SAFE out there, drivers. We are always happy to help in any way we can, but road safety is #1 on our priority list. Give us a call if you need help fixing those dents and scratches and make your car look like new.

We’re above average, but for the wrong reason

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As it currently stands South Australia is above the national average, but in a category in which we should be last – road fatalities. South Australia is on track to have the worst year since 2007 for road fatalities. 

Right now we have lost an average of 10 lives each month on SA roads, compared to last years figure of between 6 and 7 each month. A recent report by the RAA shows “that South Australia currently has a road fatality rate of 5.23 per 100,000 population, placing it above the national rate of 4.67 and significantly above Victoria, which is the state with the lowest road fatality rate of 3.63 per 100,000 population.”

So how can we make our roads safer?

It’s winter (but you’ve noticed that already) and as such visibility can be an issue. Try these easy, and free tips for helping you see more clearly when on the roads this winter.

 

Demisting your windscreen

You’ve seen it before. You get into the car and within five minutes you can’t see the bonnet due to the mist on the inside of your windscreen. So what’s the best thing we can do about it?

  1. Turn the heater ON! – by setting the heater to blow directly onto the windscreen you’ll warm the windows to above dew point.
  2. Turn the A/C ON! – This works well because the air conditioning function doesn’t actually cool the air as much as it removes the moisture from the air. The drier the air, the less fog on the windscreen.
  3. DON’T hit the recirculate button – You’ll heat the car faster, but you’ll be reusing the “wet” air, making it harder to demist.
  4. OPEN a window – obviously, if it’s not raining, this will simply speed up the drying process.

 

Check your blades

Having fresh windscreen wiper blades will ensure you can have the clearest vision possible in the rain. During the warmer months we tend to use our windscreen wipers with very little water. When this happens it’s common to get dust, dirt, and pollen under the rubber which can scratch the glass, making it harder to see.

 

Lights ON!

Turning your lights on when driving to and from work, not only allows you to see a little bit better, but also more importantly allows you to be seen by other road users. These days most cars are fitted with automatic lights which are activated when a small sensor at the bottom of your dashboard, close to the windscreen is covered, or cannot sense light. To avoid having to manually turn your lights on every time you drive set them to auto. 99% of cars with this feature will turn your lights off when you turn the car off, saving your battery.

 

The Importance of Price and Value

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When Assessing anything we invest in, whether it’s a car, home, insurance policy, or even just a pair of shoes most of us think to ourselves “Is this worth the money I’m paying?”

My dad Ross, who started what is now DPP 47 years ago was a big fan of the saying “You get what you pay for” and I’m sure you’ve read, or heard those words more than once or twice. I certainly have.

But it really is true, finding value in something we spend our money on is what motivates us to invest in it. My Dad saw enormous value in investing in R CONDO & SONS back in the ’70s and I’m so glad he did.

“Price is what you pay, Value is what you get”

There is a wide variety of car repairing methods, providers and prices to choose from. As your car and health are investments, its pays to also invest in quality car repairs.

Having a job done improperly because of being sold on price can, ironically, be the most expensive mistake you make when it comes to repairing your car.

When you are involved in a collision that compromises the integrity of your car’s worthiness it should come as no surprise that in order to have it on the road again in its best and safest condition you cannot afford to cut corners. If the body of the car has been twisted or warped during an accident it is simply a matter of time before it either falls apart around you, or in the case of being in another accident, doesn’t protect you and your passengers from harm.
This has cost people their lives, all for the sake of saving a couple of dollars.

Three costly mistakes you could be making!

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A month or so ago, we sent you for a small excerpt from a consumer awareness guide we put together to ensure you’re choosing the right repairer for you and your repair needs – available to view by clicking here. It’s very comprehensive, but we know you can get busy and quickly, so we decided to share some of the 13 page guide with you in little bite sized morsels. Hopefully you’re avoiding these…
Not Seeking Positive Feedback

When we are involved in a collision, often the first person we call is a family member, close friend, or significant other. After we settle down a little and have had time to talk to our insurer and are thinking with a level head again we forget to consider the experiences of our friends and family members have had with repairers. It’s more than just the job they do to fix the damage on your car, it’s also the experience they had with the repairer as a business.

Any car repairer worth their salt should be able to provide glowing references from satisfied customers who’ve used their services. If this is lacking then alarm bells should start ringing. If they don’t have testimonials from satisfied customers it could mean several things:
1. They are just starting out in the business and don’t have any satisfied customers yet. Do you really want them learning the trade on YOUR time, money, and precious car? Or…
2. They are too lazy to have arranged some customer testimonials. If they cut corners here, what other corners will they cut when it comes to your car? Or…

3. They are actually not very good at their job and don’t have any satisfied customers who are willing to give a recommendation, because they weren’t satisfied. It goes without saying… steer clear.

A lot can be said by the reviews of people who have been in similar situations as yours. Be sure to check out a repairer’s webpage for testimonials. If they do a great job, and have excellent service they will want to brag about it on their webpage and even their Facebook page.
Choosing Someone With No Accreditation AKA “The Backyarder”
Most of us know someone who “fixes cars.” This is one of the biggest risks you can take with your car and even your safety. A car that is on the road having not been repaired properly is a hazard to the driver, their passengers and every other road user. Aside from that, having an unqualified amateur work on your car can mean having to take your car in to a qualified professional to fix not only the damage caused by whatever accident you were involved in, but also the damage done by the botch job costing you more money and more time.

Choosing a Repairer That Doesn’t Take Pride In Their Work
If you take pride in your car, and want it to look as good as it possibly can, so should whoever is responsible for repairing and restoring it to its best possible condition. If you see a repairer taking photos both before and after they have repaired your car (to ensure they are doing quality work, not necessarily for advertising), they are doing a wonderful job. A professional should take pride in the job they do for you and their other customers. If you search for a repairer on Facebook or online and their page is filled with pictures of the great restorations and repairs they have done you may be onto a winner.

Be sure to check out the work of your potential repairers if you don’t find any, beware. Your repairer should be as proud of your car as YOU are.

Don’t be a statistic!

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Easter is looming and as we prepare to eat too much chocolate, and perhaps indulge in the most decadent foods and refreshments our state has to offer. For many of us Easter means one of a few things. If you’re from the hills it’s highly likely you’ll be well aware of the annual race meeting at the Oakbank racecourse, if you’re not one of the tens of thousands of South Australians that journey to the beautiful rolling hills for the break and venture a little further you may be gearing up for a long trip North, and if you have done it before you’ll know how much of a gridlock it can be. Or you might find yourself in the third category; someone trying to avoid those doing the aforementioned.
For those of you that are travelling long distances the obvious issue that can be trouble (big trouble) is driver fatigue. We often think it sets in when driving on open roads with no other cars in sight, however sitting in bumper to bumper traffic on Port Wakefield Road can be just as mentally exhausting especially with bored children in the car. While this isn’t usually something that affects us immediately it can start the trip off on the back foot, leading to a harder drive later on.
Others of us may be celebrating the four-day weekend by enjoying a few beverages. Whether you are enjoying them at a festival, a race meeting, or in the comfort of a private residence be wary of getting behind the wheel or letting others get behind the wheel when they could very well be a danger to themselves and other road users. It’s never ok to drink and drive.
Remember, when driving long distances, or getting stuck in traffic patience can wear thin, and we can make silly mistakes, or bad judgement calls. We can fix all your dents and scratches, but we want you to be safe this Easter, please drive carefully.

 

Choosing a Repairer

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(The first 2 of) Five Common Mistakes When Choosing a Repairer

In an ongoing effort to help you choose the very best repairer for you and your car, we put together a little consumer guide – available to view by clicking here. It’s very comprehensive, but we know you can get busy and quickly, so we decided to share some of the 13 page guide with you in little bit sized morsels. We hope you can avoid the 5 most commonly made mistakes for the first two keep reading…
Being Directed By Your Insurance Company

As mentioned in “Car Repair Misconceptions” your insurance company isn’t always going to recommend the best repairer for your car, often they just send you to whichever repairer can limit their expenses as much as possible. As we are all aware insurance companies make their money by charging us a premium, and when we damage our car or someone else’s they help us out by paying for repairs, or at least part of them. So, as they already have your money, they obviously want to limit the money they pay back. As such, they are looking for the best deal for themselves.

So does this mean I can use any repairer I CHOOSE?

Absolutely, as long as you have “Freedom of choice” as part of your policy. If you don’t have this option it may end up being very costly. Be sure to check carefully when renewing your policy.

When you contact your insurance company and let them know exactly what happened it’s important to make it clear that you have a repairer that you wish to use, and will be going in to get a quote from them to get yourself back on the road as soon as possible. They will try and convince you to stay with their repairers; generally, this will be a repairer that you’re unfamiliar with. Why should you have to go with someone you don’t trust, to save your insurance company a few bucks?

REMEMBER: It’s YOUR Car and YOUR decision. Don’t let them pressure you into doing what is most profitable for THEM.
Choosing the cheapest option
We see all sorts of problems from people choosing the lowest bidder when it comes to having their cars repaired. More often than not we are called in to pick up the pieces!

You should NEVER choose a car repairer that offers an unbelievably low price to fix your car. The two most common problems are:

The company does not have the correct equipment or expertise to repair your car properly and only ends up doing half the job, leaving all sorts of imperfections that will slowly destroy the metal work, paintwork and possibly the overall integrity of your car’s structure and stability.

The advertised price is just their “get you in the door” price. Once you walk through the door and have them look at your car it suddenly turns out that there are all sorts of other fees and charges required if you want your car repaired properly.
To ensure neither of these things happens to you, be sure to fully investigate what the price includes and what methods the company will be using to repair your car.

 

Balhannah:

Woodside, Woodside North, Lobethal, Birdwood, Mount Torrens, Lenswood, Charleston, Cherryville, Oakbank, Balhannah, Harrogate, Brukunga, Bridgewater, Hahndorf, Mount Barker, Nairne, Littlehampton, Gumeracha, Cudlee Creek, Uraidla, Adelaide Hills, Mount Pleasant, Mannum, Kanmantoo, Wistow, Stirling, Aldgate, Crafers.

Contact us at Woodside today to discuss your crash repair needs.

Stepney:

Stepney, Magill, Norwood, St. Morris, College Park, Maylands, Kent town, Adelaide, Trinity Gardens, Kensington, Kensington Gardens, Kensington Park, Rostrevor, North Adelaide, Hackney, Evandale, Gilberton, Walkerville, Rose Park, Toorak Gardens, Leabrook, Rosslyn Park, Burnside, Wattle Park, Beulah Park, Payneham, Payneham South, Newton, Marden, Royston Park, Walkerville, Eastwood, Dulwich, Glenside, Tusmore, Heathpool, Vale Park, Parkside, Eastwood.

Contact us at Stepney today to discuss your crash repair needs.

 

Car Repair Misconceptions

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So often we have people calling or coming in telling us that they had gone to see the repairer that their insurance company recommended – surprise, they weren’t pleased with the job they were pressured into. There are many of us RAA approved repairers around Adelaide, and it’s important to find the best one for you. Below is an excerpt from a consumer awareness guide we released so consumers in Adelaide could choose a repairer right for them.

 

Insurance Companies Know Best
Many people have the attitude that insurance companies will only send crash repair work to the best, most reputable repairers. More often than not, this is NOT the case. The theory most people make up is that their insurance company will refer you to a good repairer in order for you not needing follow up repairs should the repair work be subpar. The harsh reality is that most of the big insurance companies will send you to have the repairer that will cost them the least amount of money. After you have paid your premiums insurance companies are reluctant to pay any back, which is why so many send you to less than great repairers. Quite often insurance companies will have their assessors come up with the lowest possible price to fix your car. This leaves the repairer no option but to cut corners with their repairs.
This includes:

  •  Gluing broken parts back together
  •  Reusing worn parts
  • Using cheap imitation parts

While this is the WORST POSSIBLE WAY to fix your car, often the repairer has no choice otherwise, they cease to get the insurers work. A real “damned if you do, damned if you don’t” situation. They take the risk that YOUR car won’t be fixed properly in order to save themselves an absolute bundle. Although that really isn’t fair to you (or your car). If you have a “freedom of choice” option as part of your policy it means you have the choice of any repairer you like. Most people don’t realise this and are coerced by their insurers to go with whoever is recommended. This can be a costly mistake. BE SURE TO FIND A INSURER THAT HAS FREEDOM OF CHOICE It’s YOUR Car, and YOUR decision. Don’t let them pressure you into doing what is most profitable for THEM.

 

Balhannah:

Woodside, Woodside North, Lobethal, Birdwood, Mount Torrens, Lenswood, Charleston, Cherryville, Oakbank, Balhannah, Harrogate, Brukunga, Bridgewater, Hahndorf, Mount Barker, Nairne, Littlehampton, Gumeracha, Cudlee Creek, Uraidla, Adelaide Hills, Mount Pleasant, Mannum, Kanmantoo, Wistow, Stirling, Aldgate, Crafers.

Contact us at Woodside today to discuss your crash repair needs.

Stepney:

Stepney, Magill, Norwood, St. Morris, College Park, Maylands, Kent town, Adelaide, Trinity Gardens, Kensington, Kensington Gardens, Kensington Park, Rostrevor, North Adelaide, Hackney, Evandale, Gilberton, Walkerville, Rose Park, Toorak Gardens, Leabrook, Rosslyn Park, Burnside, Wattle Park, Beulah Park, Payneham, Payneham South, Newton, Marden, Royston Park, Walkerville, Eastwood, Dulwich, Glenside, Tusmore, Heathpool, Vale Park, Parkside, Eastwood.

Contact us at Stepney today to discuss your crash repair needs.

 

Merry Christmas

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Wishing all a Merry Christmas and Safe Holiday Break

The Holiday Season is HERE

The time for relaxation, family, and giving is almost upon us, and as a proudly family owned and operated business Dynamic Paint N Panel wish you a very happy holiday and safe travel to and from wherever you may be this Christmas season. It is important to us that our valued employees can spend time with their family too, and as such we will be taking a brief hiatus from the 20th of December until the 9th of January. We hope you have a wonderful and safe holiday.

 

Still looking for gifts?

Check out DPP’s new sister company Custom Culture Co, specialists in fully customised resprays, rebuilds, and revamps. not to mention an AWESOME clothing line. Check out our most popular hats, t-shirts, and tanks here 

 

FREEWAY Mistakes

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The most common freeway mistakes

Every day we see dents, scratches, and major damage to peoples cars. While many of the minor pieces of damage occur in car parks and around our suburban streets, most of the major damage occurs when travelling at high speeds. Having the luxury of being able to travel through the Adelaide Hills, and into the city with no traffic lights, stop signs, and very few delays means a lot of us can live in the country and work in the city without spending 4 hours a day on the road, and those of us who frequently travel on the freeway know how frustrating it can be driving around people who aren’t doing the right thing. Often this frustration leads to accidents. Here are the most common and ho we can avoid them.

 

The Right Hand Lane

Some people call this lane “the fast lane,” and while it is designed to be there so those who are moving at a higher velocity than others can safely go around them it is not designed to have drivers stay in this lane. Many people chose to ignore the signs that say “Keep left unless overtaking,” and this lack of consideration for the road laws, and for anyone else around them increases the likelihood of accidents immensely. Even if there are very few cars on the road it is still important to keep left, especially going downhill to avoid runaway trucks or emergency vehicles.

While I’m sure everyone reading this is a considerate driver who keeps left unless actually passing someone, there are a few things we can do to be as safe as possible around those less considerate individuals who tend not to care as much about there safety or the safety of others.

Avoid trying to pass on the left – While sometimes this can be used as a last option we have found most blindspot accidents occur when going from right to left, due to the blind spot being on the passenger side of the vehicle. The reason the passing lane is on the right is that it is far safer to overtake moving to the driver’s side as the range of vision is higher. 

Avoid tailgating – It’s so tempting to ride someone’s bumper when they are driving at a snail’s pace in the overtaking lane, but this is often the easiest way to get into a collision. Even though they may be breaking traffic laws by being in that lane and obstructing the flow of traffic, the driver that hits a vehicle from behind is in the wrong

Alternatives – Often those who chose to have complete disregard for others fall into a certain category and are in their own world and have no traffic awareness, therefore tailgating is not only dangerous on its own, but also due to the unexpected and sometimes completely random movements of these drivers can cause accidents all on their own, and being anywhere near their rear bumper, or blind spot can spell disaster. When choosing to overtake on the left, be sure to do so after plenty of time in the left lane. For example, sometimes when approaching a car in the right lane at a speed far quicker than they are moving they will move over at the last moment just as you do. A friendly beep can sometimes do the trick. While many people get offended by being beeped at, sometimes it’s the only way to safely navigate around someone. Be sure not to hold the horn down for too long though, this can cause frustration and erratic driving, often resulting in an accident.

 

If you are being tailgated

Do your best to move out of the way. Often it can be tempting do drive slower due to being harassed by other drivers, however, this can cause a snowballing effect of frustration and sometimes road rage, becoming dangerous for all road users. If you are being tailgated be sure you are going an appropriate speed for your wherever you are driving. If you intend to turn, be sure to use your indicator with plenty of time before your turn – Road law stipulates 5 seconds. This will often cause the vehicle trailing you to give you extra space to turn before you do so.

 

Be sure to do your best to stay safe out there, but if you need a quick online quote click HERE or give us a call

 

Balhannah:

Woodside, Woodside North, Lobethal, Birdwood, Mount Torrens, Lenswood, Charleston, Cherryville, Oakbank, Balhannah, Harrogate, Brukunga, Bridgewater, Hahndorf, Mount Barker, Nairne, Littlehampton, Gumeracha, Cudlee Creek, Uraidla, Adelaide Hills, Mount Pleasant, Mannum, Kanmantoo, Wistow, Stirling, Aldgate, Crafers.

Contact us at Balhannah today to discuss your crash repair needs.

Stepney:

Stepney, Magill, Norwood, St. Morris, College Park, Maylands, Kent town, Adelaide, Trinity Gardens, Kensington, Kensington Gardens, Kensington Park, Rostrevor, North Adelaide, Hackney, Evandale, Gilberton, Walkerville, Rose Park, Toorak Gardens, Leabrook, Rosslyn Park, Burnside, Wattle Park, Beulah Park, Payneham, Payneham South, Newton, Marden, Royston Park, Walkerville, Eastwood, Dulwich, Glenside, Tusmore, Heathpool, Vale Park, Parkside, Eastwood.