Everyone seems to take advantage of the fact that they have a car. However, many people neglect to think about different car safety issues. In this article we are going to discuss a few safety tips that should be followed by everyone.
No matter what, we are all going to end up breaking down at one point throughout their lives. This could be something as simple as a flat tire, or something more complicated like transmission issues. To prevent unnecessary breakdowns, be sure to have a mechanic check your fluid levels and your tires at least twice a year and do a full tune up on a yearly basis.
Even if your car is well maintained, you can still have an unexpected breakdown. In the event of a problem with your car, do your best to get the car far off the road and put some flares around it so people will know there’s a problem. Also if possible, try to get your car to a well lit area where there are plenty of people around.
Something else to watch for is theft of your car. Across the United States, approximately 180 vehicles are stolen every hour. Taking certain actions will reduce the likelihood of someone stealing your car. First thing is to make sure you always lock your car no matter where you are. Another good idea is to purchase a locking device such as the “Club” to place on your steering wheel. These can serve as a visual deterrent to thieves. And lastly you may want to look into getting an alarm system for your car. When alarms go off on a car most thieves will instantly run away to avoid being seen at the car.
One more thing you should do for your own safety is to create an emergency pack for your car. In this pack you should have jumper cables, flares, blankets, bottled drinking water and also just normal tap water in case you overheat. And a non battery-operated, self-powered radio is another useful item you may want to have with you. And you should also have maps of every area you drive through and if you’re going on a long trip you may want to pick up an atlas for the entire United States.
One last thing you should always keep with you is a cell phone. This can come in handy if your car breaks down in an isolated location. It will then be easy to reach the police or the auto club in an emergency. Having a cell phone when you’re on a road trip can literally make the difference between sleeping in your car and reaching someone who can give you a tow and get you safely back home.
Originally posted 2011-08-02 05:24:42.