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Don’t Let Halloween Play Tricks On Your Streetside Safety

Visibility, Focused Driving Key for Trick-or-Treat Safety

Keeping kids safe during their trick-or-treat fun is paramount.  For drivers, it’s important to pay extra attention to the festivities on streets and sidewalks as pedestrian traffic increases during this holiday.

The risks for young trick-or-treaters increase as excited children often forget about safety, meaning motorists and parents must be even more alert.  Halloween masks can limit a child’s vision, making it harder to see approaching vehicles, while long, billowy costumes can increase tripping hazards.

“Halloween is meant to be a fun, family event,” said Dean Fisher, Chief Operating Officer for CARSTAR.  “Drivers have to pay extra attention to avoid the little ghouls and goblins on the streets and sidewalks. With some additional care, everyone can enjoy the night.”

Following are tips for safe driving on this dangerous night:
• Do not use a cell phone while driving through neighborhoods.
• Stay well below the posted speed limit.
• Pay attention to what’s happening on sidewalks and roadways. Watch for children darting across streets, especially between parked cars.
• Be extra alert when pulling in and out of driveways.
• Do not assume children can see you or are paying attention.
• Drivers should also check that all lights on their car work.
• Do not pass other vehicles that have stopped in the road. They may be dropping off or halting for children.
• If you’re driving a group of children, but staying in the running vehicle at the curb, be sure to put on your hazard lights to alert other motorists.

Replace Your Child Safety Seat After A Crash To Ensure Children Are Protected On The Road

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Cystic Fibrosis Fundraising Momentum

It is just over halfway through the year and CARSTAR has already exceeded its annual fundraising goal, supporting the fight against cystic fibrosis (CF). CARSTAR franchise partners, vendors and insurance leaders from both the U.S. and Canada came together at the annual North American conference to raise an astonishing $230,000 for cystic fibrosis research, care […]

I-CAR Platinum Organization

The rapid rate at which the collision repair industry is advancing makes continuous training more crucial than ever before. Understanding this, the CARSTAR network has committed to becoming an I-CAR Platinum organization by the end of 2018. Facilities throughout the CARSTAR network work to earn and uphold up their I-CAR Gold certification. I-CAR Gold certifications […]

Unstoppable Growth for CARSTAR

CARSTAR continues to expand across North America, hitting the mega milestone of 600 stores with the opening of CARSTAR Sudbury in Ontario, Canada this July. With no plans to slow down any time soon, the massive 20,000 square foot state-of-the-art facility in Sudbury is an excellent representation of how powerful CARSTAR has become. Leading in […]

CARSTAR Momentum 2018 Conference Recap

Gathered in Calgary, Alberta for its second annual North American conference, CARSTAR franchise partners, vendors and insurance leaders witnessed an unstoppable display of momentum over the course of the week. With over 80 percent of the franchise network in attendance, CARSTAR was full of energy and eager for the week’s events. The three days of […]

Insurance Outlook

The insurance landscape is shifting quickly for collision repair facilities with vehicle technology, repair standards, performance requirements and customer service expectations re-shaping the future. Over the past month, CARSTAR’s insurance team has met with insurance carriers and franchise partners at both Momentum 2018, the North American CARSTAR conference, as well as NACE Automechanika to discuss […]

Protect Your Vehicle From Hurricane Florence Storm Damage

With a major hurricane bearing down on the East Coast, homeowners are battening down the hatches to protect their homes from damage.  But what about their second largest investment – their cars?  Hurricanes, tropical storms and the resulting floods leave thousands of damaged and totaled vehicles in their wake.  But a few simple precautions can […]

A Path To Progress In A Shifting Landscape

CARSTAR Helps Franchisees Navigate Road to Success with Insurance Relationships The insurance landscape is shifting quickly for collision repair facilities, with new vehicle technology, repair standards, performance and efficiency requirements, and customer service expectations re-shaping how vehicles will be repaired in the future.  John Harvey, vice president of sales for CARSTAR Canada echoed a key […]

Banish The Back-To-School Carpool Chaos

Prevent Distractions behind the Wheel, and Keep Minivan Mayhem to a Minimum It’s back-to-school season and that means it’s time to load up the carpool and prepare for the chaos that ensues.  But today’s wired family often has many devices being used in the car, creating distracted drivers.  Fortunately, the experts who repair collisions caused […]

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