Service King has joined the Collision Repair Education Foundation’s Industry Leadership Circle donor recognition group through a $10,000 donation, which will provide post-secondary collision student scholarships near Service King’s repair facilities markets. These collision student scholarships will be awarded as part of the Education Foundation’s spring 2013 scholarship/tool grant opportunities.
"We are honored to be able to contribute to such an important foundation," said Danny Wilkins, Associate Vice President of Staffing and Development for Service King Collision Repair Centers. He added, "Supporting collision repair education is key to growing the industry so that we continue employing highly skilled technicians and painters for years to come. We are excited about this opportunity and look forward to a lasting partnership."
Collision Repair Education Foundation Executive Director Clark Plucinski said, "Thanks to Service King for supporting the Collision Repair Education Foundation and joining our efforts in supporting collision repair school programs and their students. Through Service King’s donation, collision students located near their repair facilities will have the opportunity to apply for financial support this upcoming spring. We welcome Service King to this group of industry leaders and commend them on providing support opportunities for collision students in their markets."
A comfortable seat isn’t just significant to how you drive your car but is also a call you’ll have to make as far as body support is concerned. According to your body type, choose an appropriate seat with the option of various settings that will enable you to find and support your ideal adjustment. The seat should move easily up and down as well as forwards and backwards. The option to adjust heighth can be advantageous for both short and tall drivers. A good rule of thumb is to have the contours of the seat fit the contours of the body from thighs to shoulders, avoiding compressions and ridges. Flexible lumbar support is optimal as each driver is made differently and may require those adjustments frequently.
Next issue? Armrests and headrests. It’s important to ensure that the arms and elbows rest comfortably and evenly on the armrests. The headrest should be able to be adjusted in such a way that your head is protected and supported well in the event of a rear-end collision. At minimum, the top of the rest should lay evenly with the tops of the ears.
So we’ve discussed the importance of seat support and adjustments but equally important, if not more so, are the position of seat belts across the body. To begin with, make sure your belt is easily accessible. A seat belt should fit comfortably and accurately across the shoulder, chest, and hips. Under normal driving conditions, your belt should allow you to move freely and without constriction.
The Steering Wheel
Several adjustments may be made to a steering wheel to accommodate your individual needs. Most steering wheels give you the option of moving up and down, adjusting to your individual height but many vehicles also offer the option of a telescoping design, moving the wheel toward and away from the body for your comfort. A good question to ask yourself is if the wheel itself feels comfortable in the hands. Also, it’s important that the horn can be easily used in case of emergency. Take note of all functioning buttons on the wheel head as these can make it simpler to carry out ordinary tasks without compromising your line of sight.
The Driving Position
So your seat and wheel pass inspection, it’s time to evaluate your position. Access to the pedals should feel comfortable but should be no less than 10 inches away from the wheel itself. This will allow the air bag enough room to deploy if it serves necessary. For those who favor the shorter side of height, consider a vehicle with adjustable pedals as they can provide a more comfortable as well as a safer driving position. Finally, access to all dashboard controls should be within eyesight and there should be adequate space between the ceiling and the top of your head.
Your instrument panel should be clearly visible and there should be no constrictions to your line of sight in all directions. You should maintain a comfortable posture throughout. A tall dashboard, too low or too high seats, or a low roofline can restrict your vision, hindering a clear view of your environment and the cars surrounding you. Wide roof pillars can also be a dangerous hindrance by creating hazardous blind spots. When sitting, ask yourself if you are able to accurately decipher the location of your front bumper. Side mirrors should give you a clear view of oncoming traffic on both sides.
Head Restraint Adjustment
The top of the headrest should reach no further than the top of the ear. The rest should also sit no further back than three inches from the back of the head.
Incorrect Head Restraint Adjustment
Head restraints set too low or too far back will not properly protect the head or neck in the event of a crash. The images below show the typical movements of the head and neck when a crash occurs.
Not Measuring Up
Many vehicles offer head restraints that unfortunately do not meet the standards of adequate protection for average to tall passengers or no restraint is offered at all.
The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety’s (www.iihs.org) front-seat ratings or Consumer Reports’ auto-test reports for rear-seat head restraint evaluations can be valuable resources when evaluating your next car purchase.
Maintaining appropriate posture through the length of a car ride can help ensure protection of the head and neck in the event of a crash. Head restraints only work if the head and neck are parallel with the back of the rest.
Ideal Impact Position
If a crash is inevitable and you have sufficient reaction time, the attempt of leaning the head and neck into head restraint as well as looking forward can minimize the effects of whiplash.
Click here for a helpful guide to safe seat & headrest positioning.
In our 24/7 world, text messaging is increasingly becoming the way we communicate today. Unfortunately, some people may be texting from behind the wheel of a moving vehicle.
Did you know that people who text while driving are 23 times more likely to be involved in some type of safety critical event as compared to those drivers who don't text while driving?
You can help ensure that America's roads are safer. Please read and discuss the tips below with your whole family.
Watch this documentary from AT&T's Texting & Driving Campaign featuring families affected by texting while behind the wheel: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DebhWD6ljZs&sns=em
More Helpful Tips to Avoid Distracted Driving:
During the 2010 holiday season Service King Collision Repair Centers’ teammates and customers in Dallas/Fort Worth filled 23 boxes overflowing with toys at our collision centers. We are proud to help many local children and families in need at the Interfaith Housing Coalition.
For more information about the organization please visit their website - interfaithhousingcoalition.org.
With the help of Interfaith Housing Coalition, the Houston Area Women’s Center, Travelers and Esurance, who donated the vehicles, Service King Collision Repair recently delivered 2 vehicles to help families in need. A white Dodge Caravan was given away in a ceremony at Service King's SW Freeway location in Houston and a blue Chrysler Pacifica was donated at our North Dallas location a as part of NABC's Recycled Rides program.
"The vehicles were well received and all of our staff worked hard donating their time repairing the vehicle to make the donation a reality," said Danny McKinley, Service King's vice president of operations. "The families were extremely grateful and we wish them a great holiday season. Hopefully, having this vehicle will brighten their lives and make it easier for them to accomplish the daily tasks most of us take for granted."
"The event was a great success," said Sherri Ansley of Interfaith Housing Coalition. "We're proud to be a part of Recycled Rides. The family is just thrilled to have reliable transportation. Service King Collision Repair did a great job getting the vehicle ready."
“We can’t stop talking about what an amazing afternoon that was!” said Kelly Boros with the Houston Area Women’s Center. “We were all impressed by how passionate your team is, and how much work you all put into this project. In the line of work we do, it feels so good to run into a group of women and men who exude such kind hearts. Thank you all!”
Over eight Saturdays, from August 29th until November 7, 2009, nearly 200 of Service King’s teammates helped construct a new home for a deserving Dallas family in the Dallas, Fair Park area.
This year marks Service King's second time to participate with Habitat for Humanity. We were a "full-house" sponsor, which means that Service King's golf tournament sponsors and players contributed $65,000, the total amount necessary to build one home from start to finish, including landscaping. This community contribution wouldn't be possible without all of the generous donations from our business partners at this year's golf tournament.
The deserving family put in 400 hours of “sweat equity” and worked alongside the volunteers every weekend. We are honored to help make the dream of home ownership a reality for a local family.
Service King Collision Repair Center's 16th Annual Golf Tournament raised a record total of $108,820. $65,000 was donated to The Ronald McDonald House of Dallas, who provide a temporary home-away-from-home that serves and sustains families of seriously ill or injured children receiving treatment in a Dallas hospital.. In addition, $10,000 was donated to the Interfaith Housing Coalition and the other $33,820 is going to local Dallas, Fort Worth and Houston charities.
The tournament was held at the Dallas Athletic Club in October 2010, and filled both of that facility's courses, selling out well in advance. "With the help of our insurance industry partners, suppliers and friends, the annual golf tournament will help many deserving people in our community this year. We truly appreciate everyone who participated in the tournament and for all of the generous donations," says Jeff McFadden, Service King's Vice President of Sales and Marketing.