Even though road traffic may not be as intense as it used to be, your neighborhoods are probably bustling with kids not going to school. More pedestrians, bicyclists, skateboarders and rollerbladers than usual are zipping around your community. Some may even be wearing masks. This can make it even more difficult to figure out their intentions when they come to an intersection. That mean right now is the perfect time for a vehicle technology safety upgrade — one that can be performed safely.
Most of us are not commuting right now, so we probably can live without our vehicles for a few days. It is the perfect opportunity to integrate Advanced Driver Assistance Systems — ADAS — into your vehicle. You can start with backup cameras or sensors, and even integrate forward warning collision sensors and blind spot detection. Affiliated Vision Zero Automotive Network retailers are here to help and can implement these technologies into your vehicle safely.
VZAN Retailers Play it Safe
Retailers affiliated with the Vision Zero Automotive Network are keenly aware of the COVID-19 situation when it comes to vehicle touchpoints and want to gain your trust. They would not integrate electronic safety systems and install them in a reckless manner. In addition to our normal safety protocols that ensure every wire we need to run is fused, protected and routed in a tidy manner, our retailers are making sure techs are wearing gloves and masks, and are disinfecting all surfaces they may come into contact with. When your vehicle is returned to you from one of our affiliate retailers, it will be sanitized and safe for you to drive to complete your essential errands.
For example, Custom Sounds and Tint has locations throughout Texas, Oklahoma and Missouri. Mike Cofield, CEO, notes, “Custom Sounds & Tint has always been committed to creating better and safer driving experiences for our customers. Our employees train to understand and embrace the latest aftermarket products so they can confidently educate customers on the best options for their vehicle. It is an honor to be considered a ‘Preferred Plus Retailer’ by the Vision Zero Automotive Network. We look forward to doing our part to make vehicles safer and the overall driving experience better.” The company has established new protocols for both vehicles and retail locations to make sure everyone is safe.
Columbus Car Audio President Todd Hays has implemented a well-thought-out plan for customers at his two locations. He notes, “We all unfortunately had a lot of time to think about our reopening because we were closed for over four weeks. Although we could have been deemed an essential business, we felt it was in the best interest of our staff and our customers to be closed. Before reopening, we spent a lot of time with our management team discussing how to do so safely. Ohio had specific guidelines for businesses to reopen that we followed and expanded on to ensure a safe environment for our employees and our customers. I have been in several retail establishments in Ohio and Florida, and I truly believe we are doing more than some retailers, but it is the right way to conduct business right now.”
Some of Columbus Car Audio’s thoughtful touches include cleaning all customer vehicles, especially the seats, gear shifts and steering wheels, and using floor protectors. Hays also says, “We’re regularly cleaning and disinfecting all common areas, high touchpoints, sales counters and product displays multiple times a day. We’ll have key drop boxes and can take credit card information over the phone when it’s time for your appointment. We also offer other no-touch payment options. We’ll be practicing social distancing by monitoring and limiting the number of people, including staff, inside our stores and install garages. This also means we’ll be limiting the number of appointments per day. We’re rigorously following safety protocols for illness in our workplace, with most office staff working remotely. We’re not allowing any employee with any signs of illness to report to work in our stores. We’re also taking the temperature of every employee every day at our stores. Our client’s trust is at the very heart of our family business, and we appreciate our customers’ support in this time.”
We also really like that Columbus Car Audio considers high-risk and older folks who may request one-on-one appointments before or after regular store hours for their safety.
Safety is at the forefront of everyone’s mind right now. Vision Zero Automotive Network affiliated retailers can help you install vehicle technology in your car while you are not commuting. Our affiliate members will adhere to the latest safety protocols to make sure you are safe as well.