TO OUR CUSTOMERS
Because we are experiencing an increased demand for our services, we will be changing our in-person estimates to an "appointment only" schedule. Your time is as important to us as it is to you and an appointment will assist us in providing each customer the time and attention needed to ensure an accurate estimate and the quality repair experience we pride ourselves on. You can find the location nearest you and give us a call. We will be happy to schedule your appointment.
Thank you and we look forward to serving you!
WHAT YOU CAN EXPECT FROM BRANNING COLLISION CENTERS
- Family Owned and Operated for Over 40 Years
- A Commitment of Quality Workmanship
- Representatives that have Earned a 95% Customer Service Index Rating
- Gold Class I-CAR Status for our Training in the Collision Repair Industry
- Certified Repair Facilities for Many Major Vehicle Manufacturers
- Service of All Insurance Companies and "Direct Repair Partners" for Most Major Insurance Carriers
- Lifetime Warranty on All Vehicle Repairs
- Rental Car Assistance and On-Site Rental at Most Locations
- 24-Hour Towing
Slow Down: Back To School Means Sharing The Road
School days bring congestion: School buses are picking up their passengers, kids on bikes are hurrying to get to school before the bell rings, harried parents are trying to drop their kids off before work. It's never more important for drivers to slow down and pay attention than when kids are present - especially before and after school.
If You're Dropping Off
Schools often have very specific drop-off procedures for the school year. Make sure you know them for the safety of all kids. The following apply to all school zones:
- Don't double park; it blocks visibility for other children and vehicles
- Don't load or unload children across the street from the school
- Carpool to reduce the number of vehicles at the school
Sharing the Road With Young Pedestrians
According to research by the National Safety Council, most of the children who lose their lives in bus-related incidents are 4 to 7 years old, and they're walking. They are hit by the bus or by a motorist illegally passing a stopped bus. A few precautions go a long way toward keeping children safe:
- Don't block the crosswalk when stopped at a red light or waiting to make a turn, forcing pedestrians to go around you; this could put them in the path of moving traffic
- In a school zone when flashers are blinking, stop and yield to pedestrians crossing the crosswalk or intersection
- Always stop for a school patrol officer or crossing guard holding up a stop sign
- Take extra care to look out for children in school zones, near playgrounds and parks, and in all residential areas
- Don't honk or rev your engine to scare a pedestrian, even if you have the right of way
- Never pass a vehicle stopped for pedestrians
- Always use extreme caution to avoid striking pedestrians wherever they may be, no matter who has the right of way
Sharing the Road with Bicyclists
On most roads, bicyclists have the same rights and responsibilities as vehicles, but bikes can be hard to see. Children riding bikes create special problems for drivers because usually they are not able to properly determine traffic conditions. The most common cause of collision is a driver turning left in front of a bicyclist.
- When passing a bicyclist, proceed in the same direction slowly, and leave 3 feet between your car and the cyclist.
- When turning left and a bicyclist is approaching in the opposite direction, wait for the rider to pass
- If you're turning right and a bicyclist is approaching from behind on the right, let the rider go through the intersection first, and always use your turn signals
- Watch for bike riders turning in front of you without looking or signaling; children especially have a tendency to do this
- Be extra vigilant in school zones and residential neighborhoods
- Watch for bikes coming from driveways or behind parked cars
- Check side mirrors before opening your door
By exercising a little extra care and caution, drivers and pedestrians can co-exist safely in school zones.