June is National Safety Month
Observed annually in June, National Safety Month focuses on reducing leading causes of injury and death at work, on the road and in our homes and communities. The focus is on the following four areas:
Week 1: Emergency Preparedness
Week 2: Wellness
Week 3: Falls
Week 4: Driving
In our shop we hold car care classes to share ideas with our customers. There is a wide variety of topics we talk and teach about. Every topic is about something we all should know and should know how to do. These are things that don’t cost little to nothing, but prevent a lot of problems later on when we really don’t need them. (Like anybody ever needs a problem, but there is no worse problem than the one you could have prevented.)
Safety is a huge concern in so many ways when we get on the road. And I am not even talking about people being distracted by their phones or other things. Most of us don’t really think about this until we make plans to travel out of town. There are comprehensive lists to be found on the internet on what an emergency kit should contain. We have kits available at our shop, that we upgraded to allow you to safely handle most emergency situations. These kits can be purchased at Walmart and many other places and should contain basic tools and supplies needed if your vehicle breaks down.
Real preparedness though starts long before this. From our point of view this starts with you taking care of your vehicle. Maintenance trumps everything. Check your tire pressure and make sure this includes your spare tire. It’s real fun when you get down and dirty to change your flat tire just to find out you have another useless and flat tire. Been there, done that.
Check your fluids, because NOTHING has the potential to be more disastrous than driving your car without the proper fluid levels. Do your recommended oil changes and maintenance services. Just check your owner’s manual and see what the manufacturer’s recommendations are. Compare these services, like transmission flush, brake flush, etc. to dialysis. Like a body without functioning liver and kidneys, your vehicle can not rid itself of polluting particles that get into its various systems and slowly start grinding down parts vital to vehicle safety.
Since we focus on taking care especially of our female customers, there are extra precautions women should take, travelling at night or in unfamiliar areas. This is not a discussion about our personal rights as women, but a common sense approach to keeping ourselves as safe as possible. Sometimes what is legal is still not expedient.
I don’t park in dark(creepy) places. If it doesn’t feel right- don’t do it. Park as close as possible to where you need to go in the dark. Two are better than one – and more fun – and carpooling saves gas. If you drink, have a designated driver or call an Uber. Plan your night/trip. NOBODY will watch out for your interest/safety like you yourself.
I am sure most people got this covered, but since I really care about my customers, I want to encourage everybody to make the time to plan.
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