It’s happened to most of us at one time or another: our absent minds forget to remind us to fill up our gas tank before work, our procrastination on getting those new tires combined with the horrific Phoenix summer weather conditions has led to a blow out on the freeway, etc. There are a lot of unfortunate events that can leave us stranded on the side of the road, an unusually frightening situation (especially if you’re on the freeway!) Here are a few tips on how to maintain safety in this uncomfortable and vulnerable state of distress:
First, it is important to make sure that other drivers can see you and know there is a problem. Turning on your hazards is the easiest way to accomplish both of these goals. Raising your hood or tying a cloth or rag to your antenna is another good way to let other drivers, as well as oncoming police officers, know that you are in distress.
Second, and perhaps the most obvious tip I’m going to share with you, GET OFF THE ROAD! The right shoulder is always the safest place to stop. If necessary, stopping on the left side of the road is also acceptable, though much less safe. Under NO CIRCUMSTANCES should you EVER stop your car in the gore area of a freeway on-ramp or off-ramp. Not only is this a dangerous (and illegal) place for you to stop your vehicle, but it also endangers all of your fellow drivers on the road: stopping in this area creates blind spots for drivers that are still active, which can lead to dangerous collisions upon entering and exiting the freeway. Plus, do you really want 3 points on your license and another ticket to throw in the stack?
In 1998, DPS Officer Doug Knutson was struck and killed by a vehicle crossing the gore area, leading to the creation of our current laws making it illegal to both cross and park in the gore area. Annually, Arizona DPS officers issue around 6,000 tickets to offenders of this rule.
Third, the majority of vehicles these days come equipped with an emergency kit located with the spare tire (usually under the lining of the trunk). Car manufacturers don’t just put these items there to help themselves sleep at night, but to ensure your safety in any of these roadside situations! It is highly recommended that in a roadside emergency of any sort that involves stopping on the side of the road that you utilize flares, reflectors, cones, or whatever warning items you have available to let other drivers know to avoid you. It is also important that you place these devices far enough back on the road that oncoming drivers have enough time to react.
Fourth, call the police! Most people think that a flat tire or a tank lacking gas are by no means emergencies worthy of police attention.WRONG! The police, specifically Highway Patrol, will be more than willing to park behind your vehicle with their lights on to warn drivers up to a mile away that they need to avoid the area. This will also cause drivers to slow down and drive more cautiously as they pass you. As I’m sure you know, no one in their right mind would go anywhere near side-swiping or rear-ending a police vehicle flashing red, white, and blue! Also, it doesn’t hurt that Highway Patrol Officers are masters of their craft when it comes to changing tires.
Fifth, wait in a safe place. It is usually recommended that if you have to pull over on the freeway that you should wait in your car with the windows up and the doors locked. Even if, God forbid, a vehicle were to strike you, you are going to be much safer inside your vehicle than out. Also, it is not safe to allow strangers to access you or your car. While it is nice to think that there are many Good Samaritans out there who are simply kind and generous enough to help those in roadside distress, I don’t have to tell you that in today’s world, this isn’t always the case.
It is important to use extreme caution when you are stuck in these sticky situations. The last thing you want is for a bad situation to become worse!
Hopefully these tips will help you out in the future.
It’s a busy time of year here in North Scottsdale as we host a variety of events luring visitors from around the country!
First up is Barrett Jackson, the world renowned collector car auction being held from January 12th through January 19th at West World.
Then just over a week later, the Waste Management Phoenix Open begins at the TPC of Scottsdale featuring big-name golfers such as Hunter Mahan, Rickie Fowler, Vijay Singh, Justin Leonard, Bill Haas, Keegan Bradley, Padraig Harrington, Brant Snedeker, as well as last year’s champion (and my personal favorite) Phil Mickelson!
Finally, in mid-February comes Scottsdale’s 59th annual Arabian Horse Show also held at West World. Featuring nearly 2400 horses, this show attracts trainers and breeders from all corners of the globe!
So what does all this North Scottsdale chaos mean for you? If you are attending any of these events, hang on to your ticket stub for a FREE WASH UPGRADE!
This means a Works wash for the price of a Basic or a VIP for the price of the Works!
Participating locations include Tempe Marketplace, Paradise Valley, Raintree & Northsight, Scottsdale Rd. & Tierra Buena, and 3rd Ave and Bell.
Texting while driving is no laughing matter!
So we all know that safe driving can decrease insurance premiums through programs such as Progressive’s Snap Shot and Allstate’s Safe Drivers Discount, but would you believe me if I told you that, in addition to decreased insurance prices, maintaining safe driving practices can get also you free gas? Well Samsung is working on it! They have created an app that rewards drivers for abstaining from cell phone use while driving. This app is currently being tested out in Singapore, as they have one of the highest rates of distracted driving in the world.
Texting and dialing while driving has become a huge problem around the United States. Participating in these risky behaviors has been found to increase the chance of getting in an accident by 23 times! The worst part? Most of us are in denial about how risky it really is. We frequently utter excuses about how we are better at texting and driving than those people who let it distract them, about how we only text at red lights, etc. Interestingly enough, however, when we see someone else on their phone while driving, we are equally as likely to make a remark about how they should get off of their phone and pay attention to the road. Well Samsung has decided that enough is enough, and that if people are not going to take the safety of themselves and others into their own hands, it is time to intervene.
Samsung has just launched an Android app called Eyes on the Road that intends to motivate drivers not to use their phones while driving.
Samsung’s app is formatted similarly to a game, and works by using GPS and cell phone towers to track movement and speed. At any speed exceeding 12 miles per hour, all phone call, social media, and text notifications are hidden from the driver. During this time, the app sends auto-reply messages to the people attempting to contact the driver informing them that they are driving and that they will get back to them as soon as possible. It is only after ten minutes of being stationary that the phone reveals all of these hidden notifications. Of course, there is a manual way to deactivate the app’s control in case of emergency or if the driver needs to use their phone immediately after stopping.
Upon using this app on a regular basis, the driver begins reaching distance milestones at which point they are issued rewards in the form of vouchers for gas and insurance premium discounts. These milestones and rewards can then be shared via. Facebook to encourage others to participate in cell-free driving.
Samsung is currently testing this app out in Singapore before it is introduced elsewhere. However, we hope it gets here soon, because we could all use some mobile restrictions…as well as free gas!
What better way is there to start off your day than with a steaming hot cup of ROC2 coffee and a nice clean car? Well, at least when sleeping in is not an option…
Stop in to your favorite Danny’s location before work Sunday through Thursday to receive our best discount available!
Pay for your wash between 7:30 and 9:00 AM to receive $5 off of any of our full service car washes.
We may not have worms to offer you, but we thought you might prefer savings and a fresh, clean car instead.
Take advantage of our Early Bird Special to receive both interior and exterior cleaning services for as little as $7.99! Why pay the same amount for 16 minutes in a DIY car wash bay when you could save yourself the stress and trust your car with us? We are the only full-service car wash in the greater phoenix area that rewards you for beating the lunch time and evening rushes.
Early in the morning is our quietest time of the day at all of our Danny’s locations. What does that mean for you? It means decreased wait time and significantly more individualized attention from all of our employees! We will go the extra mile to ensure that you have the best experience possible, because a great experience in the morning can produce a great rest of the day. There is a reason we have been the favorite car wash in the Valley of the Sun for more than 25 years!
While you wait for us to finish your car, stop into our convenience store a grab a nice hot cup of locally roasted ROC2 Coffee to really get your morning started. We offer multiple blends, as well as a variety of coffee condiments, flavored syrups, etc. to ensure that you can tailor your coffee to be exactly the way you like it! Don’t forget to take advantage of our coffee club and receive a free cup of coffee for every five purchased!
The issues we’re dealing with, and that have been in the news lately, are complicated with difficult answers. These are issues that face everyone in our community.
The people of Danny’s hope you will continue to look to us to keep your car looking and running great.
All of our locations are open and ready for business. We’re accepting coupons – and offering the same great service we’ve delivered for more than 25 years.
Thanks for your support and see you again soon.
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