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Deadly Driving Habits to Avoid

Nine of the ten deadliest days for teen driving occur over the summer, between May and August, according to a post by Bac Track. With Spring right around the corner, now is a good time to refresh your knowledge about safe driving habits. In the infographic below, you will find several pieces of information that will help you enjoy safe driving through the spring and summer.

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Our 2009 Subaru Outback was repaired by Young’s this week. Great people to work with. Repair work was excellent and done quickly. Jack was always ready to answer any questions. I would highly recommend this business and will use them in the future.

Ronald C.

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Tips for a Comfortable, Stress-Free Road Trip

Road TripPlanning a road trip in the new year? Long drives can be uncomfortable and stressful, but they don’t need to be! Check out our tips below for happy and safe travels on the road.

  • Pick a lane and stick to it. Not only is this safer than changing lanes, but research shows that even though other lanes may seem like faster options, it makes little difference in your arrival time.
  • Keep yourself nourished. Low-blood sugar is the pits. It can make you feel tired and cranky. Pack easy-to-eat, snacks that will fill you up. String cheese, nuts, dried fruit, veggies, dark chocolate, and jerky are good options. Don’t forget water! Pack some baby wipes while you’re at it. Check out this article for more detailed suggestions.
  • Choose your music playlist before you go. Shuffling through songs en route can be a distraction. Try adding books on tape, comedy specials, or podcasts for some variety. Make sure that each traveler has a say in what tracks make it onto your playlist. Check out this post for inspiration!
  • Keep your car organized. Make sure you have easy-access to everything—wet wipes, tissues, pain relievers, phone charger—before you leave. If you make frequent road trips, it’s a good idea to always keep a phone charger in your car. Trust us, one day you’ll forget to charge your phone at home.
  • Make frequent stops. While traveling, it’s important to stay hydrated. This means you will need to make frequent stops to use the restroom. This is good, as it gives you the chance to get up from your seat and stretch a little. This will get your blood flowing and make the drive more comfortable.
  • Leave early. Feeling rushed is never fun. It adds unneeded stress and may cause you to speed or make reckless choices. Give yourself ample time to arrive at your destination. If you’re worried about getting there too early, plan a backup activity like a coffee stop or site-seeing. Check the weather forecast the day before you leave, so you can plan to leave a little earlier if necessary.
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Summer: the 100 Deadliest Days for Teen Drivers

Cell_phone_use_while_drivingFor many teens, summertime means relaxing drives to the beach or rides with friends. Unfortunately, that often means distracted driving — a major cause of car accidents. According to AAA, the 100 days between May and August are the most dangerous ones for teen drivers. Now, they’re asking that parents be proactive in making sure their children have plenty of experience behind the wheel.

Car crashes are the leading cause of death for teen drivers, and for varying reasons. Teen girls are more likely to text while driving, while teen boys are more likely to be distracted by other teen passengers. Additionally, teen drivers statistically have three times as many accidents as adults who drive the same amount of miles. AAA says that the combination of distractions and inexperience is too often lethal for young people. In Pennsylvania alone, 17,023 drivers age 16 to 19 were involved in crashes in 2015.

AAA Mid Atlantic recommends the following to keep your teen driver safe this summer:

  • Eliminate trips with no purpose
  • Limit night driving
  • Restrict number of passengers
  • Keep open communication

One very effective method for keeping your teen driver safe is to come up with a parent-driver agreement.This way, your son or daughter knows there are conditions that allow vehicle access. These may include no texting while driving, no speeding, or no driving past 11pm.

For more information about educating your teen driver, take a look at this press release from AAA.

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Young’s By Far Had the Best Price and Service…

I have an ol’ 05 Nissan Altima that didn’t pass inspection due to the floor boards rusting out from the bottom.  I drove around to about 7 different places in West Chester and most of them declined to even do the job… apparently restoring rust isn’t cool or something.

Young’s by far had the best price and service for the repair and had it turned around in 2 days.

I would highly recommend considering them for hire!

Nate K.

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3-Week Seat Belt Enforcement Campaign in West Chester

seat beltBeginning May 16, 2016, 87 police departments throughout southeastern Pennsylvania are taking part in a seat belt enforcement effort. Police departments from Montgomery County, Bucks County, Delaware County, and Chester County, including West Chester, will be monitoring highways for drivers and passengers who don’t buckle up.

“The enforcement, coupled with educational outreach efforts, aims to increase seat-belt use and raise awareness of the state’s primary law stating all vehicle occupants under 18 years old must wear a seat belt. Drivers and front-seat passengers over 18 years old who are cited for another traffic violation will receive a second ticket if they’re unbuckled,” PennDOT said.

Click It or Ticket

The Click It or Ticket campaign will run through June 5 and include Memorial Day Weekend. Violators will be issued tickets of up to $75. Law enforcement will be especially focused on roadways with high numbers of unbelted crashes. PennDOT information tells us that wearing your seat belt can increase your chance of surviving a car crash by 60%.

According to PennDOT data, there were 3,440 crashes in Bucks, Chester, Delaware, Montgomery and Philadelphia counties in 2015 in which people were not wearing seat belts, with 64 people dying in those crashes. The reported seat belt use rate in Pennsylvania decreased in 2015 to the lowest rate since 2005.

For more information, visit JustDrivePA.org.

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Quality Work

After having my older Volvo hit by a UHAUL truck, I took it to the place that I knew would take care of me and my car. Young’s came very recommended from Stillman Volvo and now I can say I highly recommend them as well. Quality work, I’ll be using them from now on in the future.

Kevin H.

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Tips to Stop Distracted Driving

Distracted DrivingDid you know that April is Distracted Driving Awareness month? Despite all of our advancements in hands-free technology, distracted driving continues to be a very serious problem on our roads. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), an estimated 3,179 people were killed (10% of all crash fatalities) and an additional 431,000 were injured (18% of all crash injuries) in motor vehicle crashes involving distracted drivers in 2014. Recent AAA studies find that 87 percent of drivers report engaging in risky behaviors while behind the wheel and aren’t aware of how long distractions last.

Although April is the time of year that we bring awareness to this issue, we ask that you do your best year-round to limit your distractions behind the wheel. Below, find some of AAA’s tips for safe driving:

  • As a general rule, if you cannot devote your full attention to driving because of some other activity, it’s a distraction. Take care of it before or after your trip, not while you’re behind the wheel.
  • Store loose gear, possessions or other distractions that could roll around in the car so you don’t feel tempted to reach for them on the floor or the seat.
  • Put aside your electronic devices. DO NOT use cellphones while driving – handheld or hands-free – except in absolute emergencies.
  • Make vehicle adjustments before you begin your trip – address vehicle systems like GPS, seats, mirrors, climate controls and sound systems – before hitting the road.

Don’t forget that any passengers in the front seat can also make great co-pilots and can be in charge of navigation and music. Additionally, giving your friends a bit of responsibility limits the chance that they’ll become another distraction.

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Pleasant and Professional

I am so glad I took my car to Young’s for body work. They are very pleasant and professional. They made my car look brand new. I will recommend them to my friends and family.

Pat M.

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Are you the Typical American Driver?

red carThe AAA  Foundation recently released the results of the American Driving Survey, and we were wondering how you compare to the average American. To start, the average American drives 29.2 miles per day with two trips, for a total of 46 minutes. In addition, the following facts are true about average American drivers:

  • About 50% of miles are driven in a car, while 40% are driven in an SUV or pickup truck.
  • Women report more driving time than men, but men spend 25% more time behind the wheel.
  • Drivers age 30-49 spend more time on the road than any other age group.
  • Drivers with higher levels of education tend to drive farther than those with lower levels of education.
  • Most drivers drive fewer miles on the weekends.
  • Of people who drive on Saturdays, people in their 20’s make up the largest group.
  • Millennials also make more trips with passengers than other age groups.
  • Still, most Americans make 60% of drives alone.
  • Most (58%) households report having the same number of cars as drivers, while 28% said they have more vehicles than drivers, and 14% had more drivers than vehicles.

You can read the full report on the AAA Foundation’s website. This information is a result of the first year of the American Driving Survey, conducted between May 21, 2013 and May 30, 2014. Researchers conducted interviews with 3,319 drivers.