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Road Rage!

Oh, that moment your adorable toddler is sitting on the staircase, Frisbee in hand pretending to drive.  Soon his/her right foot jaunts out towards an imaginary brake followed by a few choice words... yes, that came straight from you.

It’s a crazy world we live in and almost everything we do involves taking to the concrete wilds otherwise known as the highway system. Here we join hundreds, maybe thousands of other humans in giant machines made of steel, plastic, and aluminum with nothing between us but the hopeful sensibility of each person in the driver’s seat.  When it all goes wrong and we react hitting the brake or swerving or speeding up to avoid a crash we are at that point experiencing subconscious behavior.  This goes back to our more instinctual days of human existence. Our lovely brains come fully equipped with a survival section and when the body decides it is needed, it takes over. Our steering wheel gripping, hand throwing, horn-beating is the same fight or flight stress reaction as when one of our ancestors realized he/she was being chased by a hungry saber-tooth tiger. 

For most of us, this split second experience ends at this point leaving us with a dizzying head and maybe a fast heart rate or shaking that we know is going to quite possibly still be with us when we reach our destination. It’s when it doesn’t end like this that we get road rage.

According to the NHTSA 2000 report on road rage; two main contributing factors to aggressive driving are running late and traffic delays. Safe Motorist reports the following statistics:

  • 218 road rage murders in seven years
  • 66% auto related deaths result from aggressive driving
  • A gun is present in 37% of these altercations

Sadly, a sense of being disconnected from one's community is considered the catalyst in many of these situations. We sometimes forget that those drivers are real people. People that we pass at the grocery store, sit near at a restaurant or visit with in line at the DMV.  When we get behind the wheel we are not suddenly in a movie or a video game. It’s real life all the time.

So what can we do when confronted with an aggressive driver? The same thing we do when we don’t like the weather, understand we have no control. The kindergarten lesson, two wrongs don’t make a right couldn’t be more appropriate. Know we can’t control the other driver, take a deep breath, don’t make eye contact and don’t respond.

Being a stickler for the speed limit and living out in the country, it is a common occurrence for some vehicle to seemingly appear out of thin air only to attach itself to my rear bumper.  It’s okay to pull over to a safe spot on the road and wave them past. Don’t let someone else’s decision to miss out on living each beautiful moment take away yours.

As for the toddler on the staircase, I remind myself that someday I’ll be old. Someday it will likely take me longer to turn into a parking lot or even make it to the minimum speed limit. In that someday the toddler might be behind me. Setting a better example for the next generation is a pretty good investment in a future of safer roads.

By Guest Blogger: Audrey Emrick Elder

Experience + Expertise = Excellence!

Richards’ Collision Center has chosen Midwest Tinting for all their customer’s auto window tinting and XPEL paint protective film services for many excellent reasons.  To begin, Midwest Tinting rivals most other tinting companies with 40 successful years in business – a track record that builds quite the reputation.  We asked the company owner, Brian, to share more of what has made Midwest Tinting exceptional and the premiere choice for window tinting in the region since 1975. 

We are happy to find ourselves among the elite, including Richard's Collision Center’s, countless satisfied clients and accounts.  Local businesses and communities rely on Midwest Tinting to solve problems for home, office and auto, finding solutions to customer needs with an educated approach for comfort, security, appearance, and benefiting  the interior and exterior integrity of your investment.

The heart of Midwest Tinting brought new products to light that could solve clients concerns such as heat rejection in the car and solar control in the home and office.  Since heat also contributes to interior fading; our high performance films block 99% of harmful UV ray.  Not only are you protecting your eyes and skin from UVA and UVB; tint helps reduce glare on a sunny day or bright headlights of an oncoming car at night. Safety and Security films for your home, store fronts and banks are solutions for anti-theft, anti-graffiti and shatter resistance.  Furthermore, films enhance interior design of the home and office with color and textured options.

Most importantly, before your car's exterior is exposed to salt, sand and road debris, we recommend XPEL Paint Protective films that help keep new paint free of rock chips, surface scratches and contamination.  A smart investment to be made on any year, make or model, also after an auto body shop’s repair.  This dynamic film prevents unsightly wear and tear from the everyday exposures of the environment.  

An intuitive approach to customer service and attention to detail set our goals high, projecting partnerships with interior design, contracting, dealerships, auto body repair and individual service.  We strive to professionally tint every piece of glass in the metro area, educate communities on the benefits of our exceptional products, and, continue to research new technologies and high performance options.  Our clients deserve the best!

Visit our informative web site for details regarding all of our home, office, and auto, window tinting services.  We serve, Independence and Lee’s Summit, MO, Overland Park, KS, and the Lake of the Ozarks. 

Join the thousands of happy Midwest Tinting customers and see why they love us so much!

Rip-Roaring Fast Cars in 2016!

If rip-roaring fast sports cars make you happy then the following models are for you! 

Hennessey Venom (270 miles per hour)

Do we need to say more?  Yes, so much more, because this is the world's fastest production car on the byways made in America!  Always proud to say those words.  Time that we get back to more of what we love and make it in America.  

Capable of speeds of up to 270 miles per hour, the Venom GT has beat out the Bugatti Veyron to make it the world’s fastest production car. This car practically has wings to fly as it spikes from 0-100 miles per hour in 5.6 seconds due to the power of a 1,244 horsepower 7.0-liter Twin TurbochargedV8 engine.

Manufactured in Texas, the $1.2 million Venom GT is easily the fastest road car to ever come from America. There's so much to love about this beautiful speed demon - check out cheatsheet.com to find out more details about the Venom GT and the 10 other fastest cars made in America! 

This car is simply beautiful!  The 2016 McLaren 675LT boast speed of up to 205 MPH with a mighty V8 engine and a 7 speed SSG Transmission.  A super swift model that definitely has gained attention getting power with less weight and more tail than former models. On the floor of the 2015 Geneva auto show in March 2015, McLaren announced that production of its new 675LT supercar will be strictly limited to 500 units only coupes.  To own this beauty the price tag is top of the line at: $349,500, plus shipping and handling. Like the new color of paint?  “Chicane Gray.”  Click here to learn more about this amazing ride and other cars showcased at the Geneva Auto Show.  

The fascinating and speed driven R8 now hits 62 mph in 3.2 seconds, a half-second faster than before, with a top speed of 205 mph! The Audi R8 will launch in early 2015; it will come to dealers as a 2016 model, at prices ranging from around $120K for a V-8 to over $250K for an R8 e-tron, built by special order only.

 Audi will build all-electric versions on the R8 on special order. The new R8 e-tron is the first car from an established manufacturer to hold more electric power than a Tesla Model S — 92 kWh, which Audi says gives the e-tron a range of 279 miles, and can be recharged in two hours with Audi's high-energy charger. The e-tron is slower than the V-10 — 3.9 seconds to 62 mph, and a top speed limited to 155 mph — and Audi will only build them upon request, at a price that wasn't disclosed...Find out more about the R8V10 here.   Check out the Youtube video of the smokin hot R8 in action!  

As we look forward to a prosperous and promising 2016... we at Richards' Collision Center wish all of you and those you love a very Happy New Year!  

 

Cars Take Flight in 2015! Order Now!

You may look up in the sky this year and literally see flying cars.  We’ve been dreaming of the flying car since the early 1900’s and finally it is a reality!  If you begin your flying- driving adventure by purchasing a basic model with a luxury cost beginning around $300,000 you’re in for the flight and drive of your life! 

You might be thinking that the sky byways will be congested with these flying machines, but, it won’t be like the famous old cartoon the Jetsons.  At least not quite yet, as most of the cars are being purchased by ranchers, farmers, firefighters and humanitarians to reach remote villages and terrain that would be virtually impossible to reach without the versatility of the flying car.    

TerrafugiaAeroMobilMoller International and PAL-V are just a few of the companies that are planning to produce, sell and deliver their vehicles within the next few years. While only the Maverick is commercially available and eligible for road safety inspection, all these companies plan to launch between 2016-2017.  Click here to see the Maverick in flight on YouTube

The Maverick is created by Indigenous People Technology and Education Center (I-TEC), a non-profit organization in Florida.  Steve Saint, the main coordinator, saw this as a fantastic way to reach out to remote areas of Ecuador where he builds schools and churches as a part of his organization. 

Also, the new Skyrunner – a dune buggy which relies upon a high powered air turbine to paraglide the vehicle to heights of up to 15,000 ft.  Skyrunner plans to be road and sky ready in America by late 2015, or early 2016. For the Maverick and Skyrunner, these vehicles only require a normal driver’s license – except where altitudes exceed 10,000 feet.  That means that forest rangers, people looking to drop off supplies, and even forward observers have unprecedented access to places that would normally be very logistically expensive to reach.

Another interesting model, much different from the other models is produced by a Dutch company called PAL-V who has made a helicopter car which promises the perfect mix of speed and versatility.  PAL-V from the Netherlands has already begun taking orders for its vehicle, and expects deliveries to begin in the spring of 2017.  Learn more about these vehicles at:  webbrewed.com.  

A company out of MA, Terrafugia, is planning to be the pioneer of the first practical flying car in the next few years:  “Our first product, the Transition® is a two-place, fixed wing, street legal airplane which has been internationally heralded as the “first practical flying car”.  It is designed to fit in a single car garage, be safely driven on the highway, and be flown in and out of general aviation airports.  It brings a new level of freedom, flexibility and fun to personal aviation and you can reserve yours today. - See more of this sleek flying car on YouTube.

Terrafugia’s TFX model may be 10-15 years from being ready for the market, but, it is worth waiting for when you see how this sleek, classy, flying car glides through the air:   See the Video of the TFX from the garage to flight.

If you will be travelling to Europe you may want to make a stop to see the: Vaylon Pegase, reportedly available this year. The Vaylon company develops an innovative solution of mobility able to move quickly on earth and/or in the air, in an autonomous way and in any circumstances (overcome obstacles (rivers, cliffs, dunes...), lack of roads infrastructures, natural disaster). Check out the video and some of the specs on this amazing European model: Light all-roads vehicle, side by side, double type-approval, road/air capacity, STOL (Short Take Off and Landing)

Road speed: 65 mph
Air speed: 35- 50 mph
Altitude: low altitude flight, to more than 3000 m (10.000ft)
Payload: From 160 kg -- 350 Lbs (civil type-approval) to 250 kg -- 550 Lbs
Minimum autonomy depending on configuration and loads: 3h

Lastly, as we finally approach a new generation of flying cars we must thank the innovators/creators, and all those involved who make it possible for us to reach new heights of invention and freedom to fly like never before in our history.  Click here to see more awesome pictures of the most popular flying cars on the market today!    

 

 

Auto Body Shops & Insurance Company Recommendations...

At Richards' Collision Center we often hear the question:  Am I required to use the Auto Body Shop that my insurance company recommends?  The answer is no, and, often times the insurance company claim representatives pressure consumers into using the body shop that they recommend.  

Steering is defined as the act of directing a consumers to or away from any specific auto body repair shop or requiring that repairs be made by a specific repair shop or individual.  In most states there is a law against Steering.

While there are networks of preferred providers for collision repair, and direct repair options presented to policyholders when they make a claim, the insured's right to choose MUST always be upheld.

 Angie's List reported an excellent article about this very subject and one of many statements on the site give pause:  

"The choice is yours — by law, in the majority of cases. Yet a question remains: Will you get a quality repair?

Of course you can gain a quality repair as long as you do your homework.   If you want to cut to the chase and find out the true grit behind the advertising hype, simply:  "Google" the name of the shop with a "+reviews" after the name to find out what other people have experienced.

A thoughtful set of various reviews is worth a thousand words and more.  

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