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Chaz Collision Express understands that an accident can be a very confusing and shocking experience.   Here is some great advice on what to do in the event of an auto accident whether it happens in the great state of Alaska or anywhere else.

1. STOP! Don’t make any sudden moves. Take a few moments, regain your composure. Don’t panic, the worst is over.

2. Inventory yourself, your passengers and any pedestrians or other vehicles who may have been involved in the accident. Get a quick assessment of any injuries and take basic first aid steps if needed.

3. Get everyone involved in safety. If possible, move the vehicles off the road to prevent any further hazards and turn off the vehicle to prevent fire. If possible have someone alert oncoming traffic that an accident has occurred.

4. GET HELP! Call 911 if necessary; emergency response units must be notified of any injuries.

5. Take pictures.  With the prevalence of camera phones, take some pictures before the vehicles are move to help illustrate who hit who.

6. Limit any discussion of the accident. Don’t discuss fault with anyone!  Let law enforcement review the facts. If the accident has occurred on private property and didn’t involve any injuries, you should exchange insurance and contact information with the other parties.

7. The information that should be exchanged with the other parties are: drivers names, addresses, phone numbers, vehicle identification numbers, vehicle models, license plate numbers, insurance company names & policy numbers.  Also make sure to get any witness names and their contact information.

8. Have the vehicle towed to one of Chaz Collision Express five convenient locations:

Anchorage – Downtown
1801 E. 5th Ave.
Anchorage, Alaska 99501
907-792-2500

Anchorage – South
6210 Old Seward HWY.
Anchorage, Alaska 99518
907-550-2500

Fairbanks – North
511 Harold Bentley Ave.
Fairbanks, Alaska 99701
907-328-2500

Fairbanks – South
511 30th Ave.
Fairbanks, Alaska 99701
907-458-2500

Wasilla
1581 E. Financial Drive
Wasilla, Alaska 99654
907-864-2500

Remember Chaz Collision Express works with all insurance companies.  Our shops are your direct link with your insurance company. We will call them and help make all the arrangements to ensure that you have car is restored to mint condition. Need more information? Check out our website, www.ChazAutoBody.com.  We will be happy to answer any of your questions.

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A great deal of business for Chaz Auto Body comes from drivers who are careless in the winter driving conditions. While many times it is impossible to stop an auto accident from happening when ice and snow are on the ground, there are some things you can do to decrease the damages and hopefully prevent injuries in the process. Here are some easy tips will help you stay safe while driving this winter.

Scrape, Scrape, Scrape!
Never try to drive your vehicle anywhere without scraping the ice off all the windows so you can see clearly. Too often, drivers simply clear off a spot on the windshield and think it is fine to go along their way. This is dangerous, irresponsible and even disrespectful to other drivers.

Brake Slowly
Stopping quickly on the snow and ice is a recipe for losing control of your vehicle. You could slide into trees, curbs, other cars or even people. Learn how to brake slowly in various situations so you do not panic when gradual stopping is needed.

Be Aware
Knowing what is around your vehicle is an ideal way to preventing accidents. If you constantly know your surroundings, you can make split second decisions that will either help prevent accidents or decrease the effects of a collision.

Winterize your Car
Severe cold and heavy snow can be hard on your vehicle. The first thing you need to do is have your car winterized to make sure it is in the best shape possible to take on winter storms.  Some simple steps to take are:

  • Make sure the battery is fully charged
  • Check your tires pressure
  • Change to an oil that provides better winter performance
  • Check windshield wipers and wiper fluid

If you skid or get stuck
If you start to skid turn into it and accelerate slightly to get control of your vehicle
If you get stuck in the snow try rocking it back and forth until your tires are free

Be ready To Deal With Emergencies

  • Learn how to replace a flat tire
  • Practice installing tire chains for hazardous road conditions
  • Carry jumper cables and learn how to jump-start your car battery
  • Carry an ice chipper and snow brush to maintain clean windows

Driving on winter roads can be scary but if you are prepared and ready for any situation it will ensure a stress free snow season. Knowing what is around your vehicle is an ideal way to preventing accidents. If you constantly know your surroundings, you can make split second decisions that will either help prevent accidents or minimize the effects of a collision.  Your friends at Chaz Auto Body hope that by following these quick and easy steps will help keep you and yours safe and secure on the dangerous roads this winter.

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