Our Top Five Defensive Driving Tips

defensive drivingThe longer you drive, the more confident you become behind the wheel. And sometimes this confidence can cause you to forget that not everyone is paying as close attention to the road as you are. Whether you are teaching your teen to drive and are looking for some good advice to give them, or you just want to brush up on your own driver safety, PermaPlate has put together a list of our top five defensive driving tips to help keep you safe out on the road.

Think about Safety

Defensive driving starts before you even get on the road, so before putting your key in the ignition, take a moment to ensure you are ready to go. Is your seatbelt on? Are your children properly strapped into their booster seats? Are there any objects in the car that may bump around (groceries, sports equipment, etc.)? Do you have everything you need for the day?

Get Rid of Distractions

Another important thing to do before you start your car: Get rid of potential distractions. Driving is a task that requires your full attention, so turn down the radio and leave the newspaper on the seat next to you.

One of the worst distractions for drivers today is cell phones, and if you have been tempted to use yours while driving, we encourage you to switch it to silent mode and set it out of reach before you hit the road. Whether placed in your glove compartment or on the backseat, removing this distraction will help to ensure that you – and those around you – are safe.

Pay Close Attention to Your Surroundings

There is a lot to be aware of when you are on the road. Not only are their stop signs, lights and other vehicles to watch for, there may be children walking down the sidewalk, a dog that runs into the street and much, much more.

Keep your eyes moving as you drive, scanning your surroundings and checking your mirrors to ensure that you are aware of everything that is going on. By paying close attention to your surrounding and the actions of other drivers around you, you are more likely to avoid an accident should anything unexpected occur.

Follow the Speed Limit

Another important component of defensive driving is following the speed limit, and remembering that posted speed limits are in place for ideal conditions. Depending on the weather, take time to assess the road conditions and maintain a speed that will allow you to stay in control of your vehicle.

Also, always maintain an appropriate following distance, even if the driver ahead of you is going below the speed limit.

Don’t Make Assumptions about Other Drivers

The last and most important piece of advice we can offer is not to make assumptions about other drivers and what they will do. Consider the worst case scenarios (the other drivers speeds through the red light, doesn’t move over to let you merge, roll through a stop sign, etc.) and be prepared to act accordingly to ensure your safety and the safety of those around you.

Even while following these defensive driving tips, accidents can happen, which is why PermaPlate offers automotive protection products for all your vehicle needs.

Improve Your Fuel Mileage with Quick Tips from PermaPlate

filling up gas tank Everyone likes to save money, and if you are looking to reduce fuel costs there are plenty of tips to help make your vehicle more fuel efficient. Not only will these recommendations save you money on fuel, they can also help to ensure your car lives a long, healthy life. From putting some extra time into caring for your vehicle to changing your driving habits, there are lots of choices you can make to increase your vehicle’s fuel mileage.

Check Your Filters

To keep your engine running smoothly, it is important to check the condition of its air filter regularly – especially if you drive down dirt roads on a frequent basis. It is also important to replace your fuel filter as advised by your manufacturer. These two components play an important role in the fuel efficiency of your vehicle, and by keeping them (and the rest of your vehicle) in good shape you can maintain your best fuel mileage.

Properly Inflate Your Tires

Another important vehicle feature to pay attention to is the tires. By keeping them properly inflated, you can reduce your fuel consumption by three percent. We recommend that drivers make checking their tire pressure a part of their monthly or weekly routine. Tires lose an average of 1 PSI per month, and tire pressure decreases much more in the winter.

Don’t Let Your Tank Reach Empty

Instead of waiting till your low fuel light appears on the dashboard and filling all the way up, refill your tank when it reaches one quarter full. Driving on low fuel can put stress on your fuel pump, reducing your fuel efficiency and causing problems for your vehicle down the road.

Use Cruise Control

Instead of letting yourself speed up and slow down as you travel down the highway, turn on your cruise control to maintain a constant speed and reduce the amount of fuel you are using. This technique does not always work as well in stop and go traffic, but in those situations smooth acceleration and braking can help.

Avoid Idling

Whether you are waiting to pick your child up outside of school or letting your car warm up on a chilly day, excess idling can waste a lot of fuel. To save money, improve air quality and reduce engine wear, we recommend turning your vehicle off any time you put it into park, and only warming it up for a couple minutes before heading off to work on those cold winter mornings.

Looking for other ways to ensure your vehicle is functioning at its best? PermaPlate offers a variety of protection programs to help you save while keeping your vehicle in like-new condition.

A Look into the Future of Cars

future of carsMashable recently released an interactive article about the future of the car industry and how technology will transform vehicles over the course of the next ten years. The advances described in this article are based on the idea of a greener, safer and more affordable vehicle – all things that we are looking forward to in the years to come.

Green

As concerns over climate change grow, consumers are already putting pressure on car manufacturers to reduce CO2 emissions. It is expected that this pressure will lead to some major changes in the way that vehicles run, with hybrids, plug-in hybrids, electric cars and fuel-cell vehicles becoming the norm for drivers around the world by 2025.

Adjustments will also be made to make engines more efficient, since about 95 percent of cars are will still rely partially on fossil fuels.

Safe

It is well known that human error is the main cause of accidents on the road, and autonomous vehicles have the opportunity to greatly reduce the risk of car accidents and injuries. There are four levels of autonomous driving that are currently being tested: Safety assistance, complex driver assistance, semi-autonomous driving and fully autonomous driving.

Not only will self-driving vehicles provide us with the opportunity to relax – or get more done – as we travel around town, they can also help elderly individuals to maintain their independence.

Affordable

Auto sales are expected to increase enormously in developing countries over the next ten years, making small, inexpensive vehicles market leaders. According to Mashable, car ownership typically starts to gain momentum when income reaches between $10,000 and $20,000, and as income rises in developing nations, so will the number of vehicles owned.

Here at PermaPlate, we look forward to seeing how technology will impact the development of vehicles over the course of the next ten years. To help ensure that your vehicle looks and drives its best until you can catch a ride in a self-driving car, PermaPlate offers automotive protection programs like windshield protection, theft protection and pre-paid maintenance.

What Color Vehicle is Right for You?

row of different color carsEveryone has heard the urban legend that red cars get pulled over more than vehicles painted in more muted hues, and while this is probably just another old wives tale your grandma told to keep you away from the flashy sports car you wanted in your twenties, the color of your vehicle does say something about you. Wondering why a particular paint color is sticking out at you as you search for a new vehicle? PermaPlate has uncovered some interesting information on the subject:

Most Popular Choices

When it comes to luxury vehicles, most of us think that bright yellow and cherry red reign supreme, but it is actually shades of white and silver that are most popular. According to an article from Bloomberg Business, one in every three luxury vehicles is silver in hue and another 30 percent of these vehicles are white. With more than half of all luxury cars coated in silver or white paint, these two shades must have a particular understated appeal that customers enjoy.

Best Resale Value

While we do recommend choosing a shade you love when purchasing your new vehicle, another factor to consider when it comes to paint color is resale value. Shades like white, silver, gray and black will always remain in style, but colors like orange and green won’t be loved by all potential purchasers.

According to Kelley Blue Book, less popular colors depreciate you vehicle’s value in a big way (between hundreds and thousands of dollars), so if you tend to trade in your car for an upgraded model every few years, it is probably best to stick with a classic color.

What Each Color Means

Now that we have discussed which colors are most popular, you are probably wondering exactly what the color of your vehicle says about your personality. Here is a brief list of what different car color stands for, according to psychologists:

White – Elegant, fresh, simplistic

Gray – Traditional and cautious

Silver – Practical, sleek and innovative

Black – Sophisticated and timeless

Red – Ambitious and fun

Blue – Optimistic, stable and serene

Yellow – Happy and bright

Whether your vehicle is red, blue or any other shade of the rainbow, PermaPlate offers automotive products to keep it looking its best. Paint protection film and paintless dent repair are just two of the many ways we can ensure your vehicle stays in top shape.

Autonomous Vehicles and Liability

car accident liability As companies like Google, Ford, Tesla and Toyota continue testing and working out the kinks in their autonomous prototype vehicles, more and more questions are arising about the liability issues surrounding driverless vehicles. Who will be charged in a fatal accident involving a driverless vehicle? How will car insurance change? Could the person inside of an autonomous vehicle have prevented the accident?

With questions swirling around the heads of consumers everywhere, The Washington Post has put together an article highlighting the answers they have been able to uncover, as well as the many questions that are left unanswered.

Carmakers May Take the Blame

When it comes to autonomous vehicles that are found at fault for an accident, many experts are leaning towards the idea of auto manufacturers assuming more responsibility. One possible scenario is that the victim of a car accident would sue the manufacturer of the driverless car that hit them for building a vehicle that did not operate the way it was intended to.

Volvo, Google and Mercedes-Benz have all stated that they will accept liability in accidents involving their self-driving cars, showing just how much these companies trust the technology they are building.

More Scrutiny on Drivers

Another possibility, since different manufacturers are planning on introducing different degrees of automation, is that the human in the driver’s seat of the autonomous vehicle will face further scrutiny in a car crash. It is likely that the question, “Did you have the ability to stop the accident?” will come into play if the vehicle allows for humans to take control.

To address this problem, some states have proposed that all self-driving cars will be required to have a licensed driver behind the wheel, but as of right now there is no clear answer to most of the questions being proposed.

Here at PermaPlate, we are extremely interested in how these liability issues will play out as car manufacturers draw closer to releasing their first fully autonomous vehicles. Regardless of if you – or your car – is in charge of the wheel, you will still want your car looking its best, which is why PermaPlate is proud to provide automotive protection products for all your needs.

Are You Making These Common Winter Vehicle Mistakes?

winter car problemsAs drivers across the country face freezing temperatures and winter whiteouts, we are reminded of the fact that vehicles don’t always function well when facing cold weather conditions and that drivers sometimes play a role in the problems that can occur. PermaPlate has put together a list of driver mistakes that can cause extra harm to a vehicle during the cold winter months.

Not Changing the Windshield Wipers

While proper visibility is important regardless of the season, it is even more important when facing snowy winter weather. We have all been guilty of putting off changing our windshield wipers, but this year, pay close attention to the clarity through which you can see the road and make sure to switch out your old wipers for a new set as soon as the wipers start to leave streaks on the window.

Forgetting To Check Tire Pressure

The colder the weather gets, the more the pressure in your tires can decrease, which is why we recommend checking your tire pressure regularly to ensure that they are at the optimal pressure for your vehicle. Not only will maintaining the correct tire pressure help to ensure better handling in snowy weather, but it will also help your tire to wear evenly.

Letting the Gas Tank Reach Empty

To prevent your fuel line from freezing, it is extremely important to keep your vehicle filled throughout the cold winter season. We all get in a rush to get home and let the fuel gage trickle lower and lower, but try to remember to fill up before your gas tank dips below one half, your vehicle will thank you!

To help ensure your car looks and drives its best throughout its lifetime, PermaPlate offers appearance protection programs including fiberguard, leatherguard, paintguard, rustguard and soundguard. Regardless of what winter weather conditions you face, we are here to keep your vehicle in the best shape possible.

Sources: http://www.chicagotribune.com/classified/automotive/chi-subzero-car-care-story.html

Ask Yourself These Questions Before Shopping for a New Car

shopping for a new carPurchasing a new vehicle is a big commitment, and with so many options to consider, finding the right one for your lifestyle can seem like a daunting task. Before you start shopping, we recommend developing a general idea of what you want – and need – by answering these questions.

What Size Vehicle Do You Need?

The easiest way to narrow down your search for the perfect vehicle is by deciding what features you need. First, think about the number of passengers you typically drive with. If you have three or more children, your vehicle needs will be extensively different than someone who is single. And while sedans typically offer better fuel mileage than SUVs and trucks, they don’t have all the same capabilities. For example, if you need to tow a boat or camper or bring a few kayaks along on vacation with you, you may need the extra space provided by a larger vehicle.

What Features Would You Like?

Once you have decided what size and style vehicle you are interested in, it is time to think about specific features. Do you prefer to drive manual or automatic? Are heated seats a must? Does your family need a DVD player in the back? Make a list of the features you would prefer your vehicle to have and bring them along with you when it’s time to test drive the cars you love most to help narrow your choices down.

Do You Feel Comfortable?

Now that you are ready to test drive some cars, pay attention to how you feel inside each vehicle. The car you choose will probably be with you for years to come, so if the seat is uncomfortable or you think the trunk might be a little too small, you will have to live with this for a while. When you find your perfect vehicle, you will know.

Regardless of what vehicle you decide to purchase, PermaPlate is here to insure that your brand new car stays in the best shape possible. Our automotive protection programs are designed to keep your vehicle in top shape, just like it was when you purchased it!

A Recap of the Big Game’s Car Commercials

From dachshunds in hot dog buns to the “puppybabymonkey”, the commercials played throughout this year’s big game ranged from adorable to quite strange. For car enthusiasts who were more focused on snacking between plays than watching the commercials, PermaPlate has you covered with some of our favorite car commercials of the evening:

Kia

Featuring Christopher Walken and a pair of brightly patterned socks, the Kia Optima advertisement may not have been the funniest to appear on screen, but it was fairly memorable. With a 4 out of 5 rating from Car and Driver and a 4.5 out of 5 rating from The Car Connection, the car is stylish in appearance with some great standard features (think cruise control, satellite radio, Bluetooth and more).

Hyundai

With Kevin Hart in one spotlight and Ryan Reynolds in the other, Hyundai highlighted two of their top-selling vehicles, the Hyundai Elantra and the Hyundai Genesis, with two pretty comedic commercials. While the ladies probably preferred Ryan Reynolds’ spotlight, Kevin Hart’s overprotective dad commercial was one everyone could relate to – and laugh at.

Honda

The singing sheep in Honda’s big game commercial were quirky and memorable, and the truck bed audio system available in the 2016 Honda Ridgeline is pretty cool. With an updated sleek look, the truck is expected to hit the United State’s market sometime in the first quarter.

BMW

This year, BMW focused their advertisement on the 2016 MINI Cooper and the breaking of its typical stereotypes. With a handful of celebrities including Serena Williams, Tony Hawk and T-Pain featured in the commercial, the car is looking to break away from its cute image with a “Defy Labels” campaign.

Toyota

Toyota decided to highlight the Prius this year, and while their first commercial of the night didn’t turn any heads, their second set of commercials featuring bank robbers in a Prius was one of the most memorable and entertaining spotlights of the big game. Are we sold on the idea that you could successfully evade the police in a Prius? No. But we give Toyota points for their creativity!

Audi

A tribute to David Bowie with an incredible storyline, Audi’s commercial was one that you couldn’t help but smile at. We’ve never been to the moon, but we would love to get behind the wheel of the new Audi R8.

Fiat Chrysler

To celebrate Jeep’s 75th anniversary, FCA focused their two commercial spotlights on the vehicle’s history and current capabilities. The first commercial was a heartfelt photo tribute of all of the places Jeep has been, including the beaches of Normandy, Jurassic Park and the moon. Happy 75th Jeep!

With so many great car commercials this year, it is hard for us to pick a favorite, but we would love to hear yours! Click here to share your response with us on our Facebook page.

No matter what brand of car you drive, PermaPlate’s automotive protection products will ensure your vehicle looks like new throughout your time together.

PermaPlate’s Top Five Tips for Teaching Your Child to Drive

teen learning to driveWhile every teenager is busy counting down the days until they can get behind the wheel of a car, every parent is busy worrying about their child’s safety. It is completely normal to be nervous about teaching your teen to drive, but it is important to put your fears aside so that you can do your best to instill good driving practices. Here are PermaPlate’s top five tips to help ensure a positive driving experience for you and your child.

Discuss the Drive Ahead of Time

Before heading out on the road with your teen, we recommend deciding on a route ahead of time and discussing what skills you would like to focus on. Working on parallel parking? Choose quiet side streets with curbs. Practicing left turns? Start with an area that’s not too busy and slowly work up to those loud, congested roads.

Keep Your Cool

Even though it may be hard, remember to keep your cool while you are out on the road. Learning to drive is stressful enough as it is, add a shouting parent to the mix and it is easy for your child to get discouraged. Pay close attention to the road as your teen drives, giving them advanced notice for turns and lights that have just changed.

Also, instead of talking as you drive, have your child pull over to discuss mistakes or miscommunications. Instead of talking down to your teen, try to maintain a calm, positive tone. As much as kids hate to hear those “when I was your age stories”, this is a great time to pull one out. Share your most embarrassing driving story with your teen and remind them that driving is a skill that improves with time and lots of practice.

Review the Session

After you get home, talk to your teen about the session, complimenting on improvements they have made and noting things that you would like to continue to work on with them. Don’t forget to ask your child their opinion, discussing what skills they aren’t yet comfortable with and how they would like to work to improve them. If your teen wants to spend an hour making three point turns over and over again, let them! Driving is all about confidence and if this activity will help them feel more prepared for the road ahead, then sit in the passenger’s seat and provide all the support you can.

Lead By Example

Now that your teen is learning what to and what not to do on the road, it is more important than ever to follow the rules of the road when you are behind the wheel. Sure, some drivers may feel comfortable speeding or even hitting the gas when they see a yellow light, but you wouldn’t want your child picking up on these traits while they are learning! Stay on your best driving behavior to help your child stay on theirs, and remember to talk about the importance of putting away your cell phone before getting behind the wheel.

Consider Drivers Education Classes

Whether you are having a hard time teaching your child or just want to ensure they are learning the rules of the road the right way, drivers education classes are a great way to improve your teen’s driving skills. Not only are the instructors trained to prepare teens for their road test, but they are also a stranger, and having someone who isn’t you tell your teen what to do can always help them to listen.

Teaching your teen to drive can be tough, both on your emotions and your vehicle – which is where PermaPlate comes in. Our automotive protection products can keep your car looking like new, even when facing a first-time driver.

Source: http://www.dmv.org/articles/tips-for-parents-teaching-their-teens-how-to-drive/

Will You Trust Autonomous Vehicles?

autonomous vehicles drivingJaguar Land Rover has just announced its latest research project targeted at making autonomous vehicles pleasant to ride in. Right now, companies are interested in the safety aspects of autonomous cars; having a vehicle that will stay in its lane, break for stop signs at the appropriate times and handle the approach of emergency vehicles with ease. But we have yet to consider how people will feel sitting in a vehicle that drives like a machine and not a human.

Over the course of the next three years, a program called “Move UK” will be implemented, allowing Jaguar to monitor driver reactions to a wide variety of obstacles, including bad weather and heavy traffic, to teach autonomous vehicles how to properly handle them. Not only will this research help to create a more trustworthy, driver friendly vehicle, but it will also be used in the development of insurance policies for self-driving cars.

While the most tech-savvy, early adopters will jump at the chance of getting behind the wheel of an autonomous vehicle, many more drivers are wary about the idea of letting their car drive itself – and who can blame them? Autonomous cars are something out of sci-fi books and futuristic movies, non-existent in real life.

According to a study performed by the University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute, 43.8 percent of drivers do not prefer any type of autonomous vehicle and 40.6 percent of drivers prefer partially self-driving cars. With more than 80 percent of drivers uninterested in getting behind the wheel of a fully-autonomous vehicle, Jaguar’s research could be a crucial piece of the success of autonomous vehicles in the years to come.

Even when vehicles can drive themselves, there will still be muddy footprints in the back seat, salt stains throughout the winter and sap on the roof, which is why PermaPlate offers a wide range of protection products to keep your vehicle looking like new.

Head Back to the Future with a Brand New DeLorean

The DeLorean Motor Company has just announced its biggest news since Doc Brown built a flux capacitor in the 1985 movie, “Back to the Future”. The company, which has been refurbishing old DeLorean vehicles since 1995, will soon be building the first new DeLorean cars since 1982.

Built from leftover factory parts, as well as some pieces that have been recreated from original blueprints, the new DeLoreans are able to be built thanks to a recent manufacturing bill approved by the federal government. This bill exempts small volume car manufacturers from safety requirements if they are building replica vehicles; ones that resemble a car originally produced more than 25 years ago.

Currently, the company is sorting through its engine options, since the recently passed low-volume production law does not exempt them from meeting current emissions requirements. With a third-party engine installed, these reproduction DeLoreans will have a lot more horsepower than their 1980-something counterparts – 300 or 400 horsepower instead of the original 130.

DeLorean Motor Company CEO Stephen Wynne expects new vehicles to be available early in 2017, estimating that there are enough supplies available to build at least 300 cars.

If you are interested in driving the iconic gull-winged DMC-12, it’s time to start saving up. New vehicles are expected to cost just under $100,000, while refurbished vehicles run between $45,000 and $55,000.

Regardless of if you are interested in purchasing a cult-classic car like the DeLorean, an up-and-coming semi-autonomous vehicle or your everyday sedan, PermaPlate offers protection plans that will keep your vehicle driving smooth and looking like new.

Not Sure if a Minivan is Right for You and Your Growing Family?

unpacking a minivanEarlier this month, Chrysler unveiled the Pacifica, a minivan that will replace the Chrysler Town & Country and the Dodge Grand Caravan in 2017. Although this vehicle has a sleeker design than its predecessors, we aren’t sold on the idea that the minivan will become cool. But for the growing family, there are plenty of benefits to driving this practical and roomy vehicle. Known for its high safety ratings and ability to move almost anything, the minivan isn’t an option to discredit while shopping for a vehicle that your whole family will enjoy.

Interior Space

For families with three or more children, third row seating is a must. With plenty of space for your kids, their friends and Fido, driving a minivan prevents you from hearing the constant complaints from the little ones squished together in the back seat. Yes, someone will still make it their mission to bother someone else, but it is much easier to separate the troublemakers when driving a minivan than it is while driving a two or four door sedan.

Not only does a minivan provide plenty of space for your family, but it also offers more than enough cargo space for your groceries, sports equipment and more. Just bought a new dresser? Need a few sheets of plywood for your next big project? Taking your teen snowboarding? Just fold down or take out your back seats to create all the room you need to move almost anything.

Family-Friendly Features

Minivans have really stepped up their game since their introduction in the 1980s. With versatile seating options, rear air-conditioning, power-sliding doors, USB ports, entertainment systems and more, you can keep the kids content no matter how far away your destination may be.

V6 Engine

Now standard among most minivans, the V6 engine provides more than adequate acceleration and about 25 miles per gallon on the highway. While you won’t be able to outrun a Camaro, you sure won’t feel like you are driving your mother’s old minivan.

Regardless of whether you decide to go with the family-friendly minivan, an SUV or a mid-size sedan, PermaPlate is here for all your automotive protection needs.

Sources: http://www.cheatsheet.com/automobiles/5-reasons-you-should-buy-a-minivan-especially-a-toyota-sienna.html/?a=viewall

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Japan’s Vision for Autonomous Vehicles

Japanese autonomous carsAs we all know, the race to create the first fully autonomous vehicle is well underway, with almost every automotive company in the running. While US-based brands like Ford and Tesla are interested in creating high-tech cars for the younger generations to enjoy, Japanese automotive company Toyota is taking a different approach, working with Kanazawa University to extensively test an autonomous vehicle in the hopes of helping the growing elderly population retain their independence.

Japan’s Aging Population

With one in four of the country’s citizens over the age of 65, Japan is facing a set of unique social trends and problems. Especially in the countryside, seniors are having a difficult time getting around, unable to drive any longer and without many alternative transportation systems like buses and trains to use for grocery-getting and other necessary travels.

Testing in Suzu

With almost half of its population over the age of 65, Suzu, Japan is one of many sleepy, countryside towns facing a transportation crisis. But for the past few months, a little Toyota Prius has been causing quite a stir in the area.

Inside this test car sits a researcher from Kanazawa University and on top of the roof sits a spinning sensor that helps direct the car’s movements. The country’s first extensive autonomous vehicle test, this project hopes to help the country become the first to have fully-autonomous cars for sale to the public.

Predictions

While Toyota has not been as open about their autonomous vehicle predictions as companies like Tesla, the Japanese government is funding 16.3 million dollars a year towards autonomous vehicle technologies.

No one can predict exactly when fully autonomous vehicles will be on the road, but it is clear that this day is coming fairly soon. With so many companies working towards the same goal, drivers young and old will be able to sit back and let their vehicle take the wheel in the years to come.

Here at PermaPlate, we are interested to see what changes these new inventions will trigger in the automotive business and in daily life. Regardless of if you are directing your car or it is driving itself, you will want your vehicle to stay well maintained. From windshield protection to paintless dent repair, we offer a wide range of automotive protection products to keep your vehicle looking like new.

Siskin Enterprises, Inc. Announces ISO 9001:2008 Quality Management System Recertification

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Manufacturer of PermaPlate Products, Siskin Enterprises, Inc., demonstrates an ongoing commitment to delivering superior automotive protection products with their recent recertification.

siskin enterprisesSalt Lake City, Utah, January 7, 2016 – Siskin Enterprises, Inc., is proud to announce that it has obtained ISO 9001:2008 recertification. Originally certified in November 2014, the company continues to meet the standards for packaging, sale, distribution and administration of aftermarket automotive protection products. This recertification demonstrates the commitment that Siskin Enterprises, Inc. and PermaPlate have to their customers and to the continual improvement of the automotive industry.

“It is important for our partners to know that our internal processes are geared toward consistently delivering superior products and end user customer service on a day-in-day-out basis,” says Willard Nisson, CEO of Siskin Enterprises, Inc.

“Siskin Enterprises, Inc. has long espoused a culture of growth and continuous improvement. We are pleased to have achieved this important milestone which will help us achieve our mission of delivering world-class products and service to our customers well into the future,” says Bret Milne, Vice President of Operations.

Certification to ISO 9001 requires an accredited third party auditor to review the company’s quality management system to ensure that it complies with the elements of the ISO standard and that it can consistently deliver products and services that meet the needs of its customers.

Siskin Enterprises, Inc., headquartered in Salt Lake City, UT, is an industry leader in the manufacturing of automotive appearance protection products and in the delivery of world class warranty administration services to the automotive industry. Siskin Enterprises, Inc. is the manufacturer of PermaPlate branded products which are sold through participating auto dealerships throughout the United States, Canada and Puerto Rico. 

Car Maintenance Tips to Extend the Life of Your Vehicle

checking vehicle's oil Whether you have just purchased a new vehicle or have been driving the same one for years, regular maintenance is an important way to keep your car running smoothly. Every driver wants their vehicle to live a long life, and there are a few proactive steps you can take to ensure your vehicle is there – and running in top condition – when you need it.

Drive Consciously

You may not think anything of speeding out of the driveway in the morning or stopping abruptly at red lights, but rough driving can cause a lot of damage to your vehicle. To keep your car in top condition, drive with care, easing your car onto the road when you start it up, braking in a smooth fashion and taking turns slowly to prevent unnecessary wear and tear. Your vehicle, your mechanic and the other drivers on the road will thank you.

Check Fluids Regularly

Don’t forget about the fluids under your hood as you are driving around town. Keeping your fluids full is a key aspect of car maintenance, which is why we recommend regularly checking fluid levels and changing your oil as recommended. It is easy to forget to look under your hood, so instead of wondering when the last time you checked your vehicle, stick to a schedule and pop your hood on the first day of each month, checking your oil and transmission fluid as well as brake fluid, coolant and wiper fluid.

Address Problems Right Away

Instead of turning the radio up when you hear your vehicle make a strange noise, pay attention to what the noise sounds like and where it is coming from, then give your mechanic a call. Putting off minor maintenance will only make the problem worse, leading to a bigger problem and a bigger bill down the road. By fixing the small problems as they happen, you will ensure a longer life for your vehicle and smaller repair bills for your wallet.

To help keep your vehicle running and looking its best, PermaPlate offers a wide range of protection products, including a pre-paid maintenance program that ensures that your vehicle’s maintenance schedule is upheld.

Winter Weather and Four-Wheel Drive

SUV driving off-roadAs rain and snow continue to fall across the country, we are all shifting our vehicles into four-wheel drive. But new drivers and first-time owners of trucks and SUVs are probably wondering the same question:

When should you engage four-wheel drive?

The goal of four-wheel drive is to improve traction on slick pavement, in snow and while traversing off-road. And while most of us know the purpose of four-wheel drive, many drivers are unsure of when each mode should be used. With four-high, four-low and automatic four-wheel drive to choose from, which is right for the situation you are in?

Four-High

The most commonly used four-wheel drive setting, four-high allows you to drive at normal speeds on roads covered in snow and ice, as well as on loose gravel and terrain that is easy to maneuver. Four-high provides improved traction, reducing the amount your wheels will slip and slide as you travel to your destination.

Four-Low

Used in the most serious off-road conditions – to get through deep snow and cross water – four-low should not be used when traveling more than 40 mph. Instead of providing you better traction like four-high does, four-low creates the extra torque needed to get through difficult terrain.

Also used for towing purposes, four-low will allow your vehicle to slip a bit more than four-high does and should only be used at appropriate speeds.

Automatic Four-Wheel Drive

A great option for drivers who are unsure of when they need to put their vehicle into four-wheel drive, automatic four-wheel drive will do the thinking for you, monitoring tire traction and transitioning to four-wheel drive if you start to slip. Great for combating icy patches on the roads, you can use automatic four-wheel drive throughout the winter to keep your vehicle moving smoothly.

To ensure your vehicle maintains its new appearance throughout its first winter, consider PermaPlate protection products. With tire protection, windshield protection and more, your vehicle will be up for anything your four-wheel drive can get you into – or out of!

The Weekend In Review: Autonomous Car News

autonomous vehiclesAs we saw at CES 2016, completely autonomous cars are on the horizon with companies like Tesla, Mercedes and BMW already releasing vehicles with self-driving features. Over the past weekend a Tesla software update went live and Ford announced a plan to test drive self-driving vehicles in the snow, bringing us one step closer to having fully autonomous cars on the roads.

Remote-Control Parking

The new Tesla software update that was introduced this weekend gives more than 60,000 vehicles the ability to park themselves – without a driver inside. To operate this remote-control parking feature, the car’s driver must stand less than ten feet away from the vehicle, directing it into its spot using their key fob or Tesla smart phone app. A useful way to park a car into a tight spot, the update also allows your vehicle to exit its spot when summoned and to open and close your garage door.

Autonomous Vehicles and Snow

With snow falling in Detroit, Ford has announced that it will be conducting self-driving car tests at Mcity, a University of Michigan test facility that focuses on the simulation of real-life driving conditions to better prepare autonomous car technology for the roads. Since autonomous cars use sensors to read lane markers and tell where other vehicles are, driving in snowy conditions has been a difficult complication to get around. This winter, Ford, Google and Uber will all be working to overcome this hurdle and we look forward to seeing what answers they come up with.

Even if our cars become fully autonomous in the next few years, their interior and exterior surfaces will still need protecting! PermaPlate offers a wide range of appearance protection products to keep you vehicle looking like new and to ensure that any damage that occurs will be remedied by professionals using the latest reconditioning techniques.

Most Interesting Automotive Innovations at CES 2016

car showroomCES 2016 kicked off in Las Vegas yesterday morning and some of the most exciting innovations in the showroom can be found in the automotive area. Here at PermaPlate, we are always interested in up-and-coming automotive technology, and there were plenty of unique showcases that have caught our attention at CES.

BMW

This year, BMW unveiled the i8 Mirrorless Concept at CES, a vehicle that uses cameras and LCD displays in place of side and rearview mirrors. This vehicle boasts wing-like cameras where side mirrors are typically located, detecting movement and sending blind spot alerts to the driver. Images picked up by the vehicle’s cameras will be displayed on the LCD screen that serves as the rearview mirror.

Mercedes Benz

With a glowing, customizable dashboard, the Mercedes Benz Concept IAA allows the driver to adjust their screen with touch pads located on the steering wheel. The left-hand screen can display traditional gauges as well as a road map, while the right-hand screen is geared toward the vehicle’s passenger. These screens aren’t just a glimpse into the future; drivers can look forward to using them in the newly revamped E-Class sedan later this year.

Ford

Self-driving cars have been making headlines for a while, and Ford showed off a Ford Fusion Hybrid with spinning Lidar sensors at CES. Along with this display came the announcement that the company will be testing 30 autonomous cars on actual roads throughout the year 2016. A leader in the development of self-driving vehicles, Ford will be performing their tests in Arizona, California and Michigan.

PermaPlate looks forward to seeing these innovations progress and become available in new vehicles in upcoming years. From paintless dent repair to paint protection film, we are proud to offer our own innovations to keep your vehicle looking its best.

Keep Your Kids Safe and Your Vehicle Clean This Winter

kids in winter gear in vehicleKids and cars don’t mix well, especially during the cold and snowy winter months. From slippery parking lots to slushy footprints on the rugs and mittens dropped under the seats, there are plenty of problems that parents face when transporting their young children when it’s snowing. While the safety of your kids is your number one concern, you are probably a little worried about what they are doing to the interior of your vehicle this season. Luckily, PermaPlate has some answers to keep your family safe and your vehicle clean in the chilly months ahead.

Staying Warm

The most important part of driving during the winter months is keeping your family warm. To prevent your little ones from catching a cold this season, we recommend heading outside ahead of time and warming your vehicle up. Another important winter safety tip is to put together a winter safety kit. Kept in your back seat or trunk, this kit should include blankets, hats and gloves for the whole family, as well as the items listed in our previous blog post. With a winter safety kit you and your kids will stay warm and safe regardless of what weather you encounter out on the road.

Bundling Babies

For families with babies, it is important to keep your littlest ones warm and safe while traveling. Although a thick winter coat may seem like the warmest way for infants to travel, they are actually a safety hazard. The padding in a bulky winter coat will prevent you from being able to strap your child into their car seat as securely as possible, which could lead to injuries during an accident. Instead of bundling your baby up to get in the car, dress them in a thin fleece jacket, a hat and glove. Warm up your vehicle before heading outside, strapping your child into their car sea following proper safety instructions once it is. To ensure your baby is nice and toasty in his or her seat, place a blanket over their seat, tucking it around the sides. Now that everyone is warm and safe, it’s time to head out.

Avoiding Icy Falls

The only thing worse than slipping and falling in an icy parking lot is seeing your child slip and fall. To keep your young ones safe throughout the winter months, we recommend getting out of your vehicle first and helping the kids out one at a time. This way, you’ll be right there to catch anyone who may slip. Also talk to your kids about walking carefully through icy parking lots and look for winter boots with good traction on the bottoms.

Keeping Your Vehicle Clean

Now that we’ve run through some important safety tips for you and your children to follow while driving during the winter, we have a few words of advice for protecting your vehicle. Not only are salt stains unsightly, but the slushy water that caused them can cause a lot of damage to your vehicle. The salty water can soak through carpets quickly, causing the floor of your car to rust. The easiest solution to this problem: rubber mats.  Placed at the driver’s feet and across the floor of the beat seats, these mats will keep the interior of your vehicle in top shape throughout the winter season.

Looking to ensure that both the interior and exterior of your vehicle make it through the winter unscathed? Consider PermaPlate protection products. From appearance protection to tire and wheel protection and so much more we can keep your entire car looking like new and ensure that any damage that may occur will be remedied by professionals using the latest reconditioning techniques.