Safety Matters: Items to Check this Fall

We’ve all been taught to change our smoke detector batteries when we change the clocks back. With the autumn season here, it’s a good time to review the basics of car safety. When you are driving your Cadillac, Buick or GMC, safety is first.

  • Buckle up: If you live in the State of Illinois, you know that all passengers, no matter what seat they are in, must be wearing a seat belt. If you have children, make sure you are using the correct booster or car seat for your child’s weight and height.
  • No texting: Your life is more important than the text message you just received. Texting while driving is against the law in the State of Illinois. Have a talk with all of your drivers about the dangers of texting and driving.
  • Don’t speed: We all have that day where we leave the house late. Keep things in perspective. Being a minute or two late to where your going isn’t as important as the safety of the passengers in your vehicle.
  • Tires: Check the pressure on your tires once a month and before you head out on a road trip. This will prevent uneven wear on your tires and excessive stress. Pull a quarter out and test the depth of your tire treads. If you can’t reach Washington’s head on that quarter, you really need to invest in some new tires. Always carry a jack and a spare.
  • Brakes: Does your brake pedal feel firm? Are you stopping straight and smooth? Are your brakes squeaking? It’s a great time of the year to get your brakes checked, especially for short, start-and-stop drives and snow-filled journeys.
  • Lights: Just like smoke detector batteries can die, headlights, taillights, turn signals and hazards can burn out. The cost of a new bulb is a lot cheaper than the cost of a ticket.
  • Glove compartment: You’re glove compartment is not just for gloves. It should house your owner’s manual, maintenance records, registration and insurance, emergency phone numbers, flashlight and a map. Be prepared for anything.

For all of your maintenance concerns, remember you can visit Arnie Bauer. We’re ready to ensure your vehicle is safe to drive for the approaching winter season.

Source: Daily Herald

Photo courtesy of New Jersey Audubon

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