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How Safe is Your Airbag?

Own a previously owned vehicle? Or been in an accident where the airbag deployed? Your airbag system could be at risk.

When purchasing a used car, use available resources to verify the car’s history including if the airbag has ever been deployed.

Less-than-reputable repair shops have scammed unsuspecting car owners by installing non-functioning or inappropriate airbags rather than properly repairing or replacing the system.

Two out of five vehicles “totaled” or given salvage titles are rebuilt and resold. This literally opens cars up for airbag fraud.

Avoid airbag fraud: get a vehicle history report on any used car and only use reputable mechanics and body shops when you need to.

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Collectibe Auto Resources

If you’re considering the sale or purchase of a collectible auto, check out http://www.greatoldcars.com where you can place classified ads, browse categorized listings, find sale tips, and obtain information on financing and insurance.

Visit http://www.classiccars.com for resources to purchase, trade, restore or maintain your dream car. Loads of information for every classic car enthusiast.

Looking to join a car club? The Antique Automobile Club of America is an international organization with members in all 50 states and more than 50 countries around the world. Visit http://www.aaca.org to find a chapter in your area.

In need of an appraisal for your classic auto? Visit http://www.autoappraisals.com for inspection and evaluation of any vehicle over 10 years old that is of special interest due to modifications or customization.

Check out http://www.carestoration.com for high-quality, “how-to” videos showing step-by-step instructions on how to restore your classic automobile.

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Back to School Driving

School is back in session. Here are some helpful safe driving reminders now that buses and school children are back on the road.

Heed school bus flashing lights and stop when the bus is stopped and has its stop signs extended.

Beware: with reduced school zone speeds, the fine for speeding may be more than a non-school zone.

School zones often have reduced speed limits during school hours. Pay extra attention to posted speeds on your commute.

Whether you have children in school or not, allow extra travel time during the school year when there’s more school-related traffic.

Stay alert and be watching for children waiting for the bus, walking across streets or riding bikes on their way to or from school.

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Help Reduce Alcohol-Related Accidents

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, nearly 30 people in the U.S. die every day in motor vehicle crashes that involve an alcohol-impaired driver. That’s one death every 48 minutes. Below are some measures you can take to reduce alcohol-related accidents and save the lives of those you love.

If you have teenagers, talk with them about the danger of driving under the influence. Due to their inexperience, teens are at a greater risk of being involved in an alcohol-related car crash.

If you’re hosting a party where alcohol will be served, remind your guests to make transportation plans, offer plenty of alcohol-free beverages, and make sure all guests leave with a sober driver.

Never let your family or friends drive impaired. Take their keys away and arrange for another means of transportation.

Whenever social plans involve alcohol, designate a sober driver or make plans to call a taxi.  Be safe always.

Practice Pool Safety

 

As summer gets into full swing, it’s a good time to remember to practice pool safety! The number one rule – never leave children unsupervised near a pool or any other body of water.

Don’t rely on swimming classes, life preservers, floaties or anything else to keep a child safe in the water. Children should never be unsupervised when they’re in a pool or other body of water.

Practice Pool Safety! If a child is missing, look first in the pool area

If you have a pool and you’re leaving your kids home with a sitter, make sure the sitter knows pool safety measures and is trained in CPR.

Pools should be fully enclosed with a fence. All gates should be self-closing and self-locking. Any tables, chairs or other items that a child could use to climb into the pool area should be kept away from the fence or inside the enclosed area.

If you have a pool, learn how to perform Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation.

Help keep your kids safe at the pool and the beach this summer – enroll them in swimming classes. But remember, even children who are excellent swimmers should never be left unsupervised in the water.

Practice pool safety! Consider life jackets or floaties for young children who aren’t yet comfortable in the water.

Remember – water is very reflective and can cause serious sunburns in a short amount of time. If you’re going to be at the pool or beach, apply sunscreen before going outside, and reapply regularly.

Most people don’t use enough sunscreen. You should use about an ounce – visualize a shot glass. And remember to reapply regularly.

July 4th Fun

Fourth of July weekend is one of the most popular times in America to be out on the road in an RV.

With so many people on the roads July 4th weekend, be extra aware of traffic laws and courteous to your fellow drivers.

As usual, if July 4th weekend is a hot one, be particularly aware of the sun and protect your skin while out camping.

Here is a list of some popular fun spots to enjoy July 4th from the RV Informer: https://thervinformer.com/4th-of-july-destinations-for-rvers.

 

Keep safe while out RVing this July 4th with tips from CampingRoadTrip.com: http://www.campingroadtrip.com/tips-and-articles/fourth-of-july-safety-tips

Fourth of July Fireworks Safety

Safe Celebration: A surprising number of people are treated in emergency rooms for injuries related to fireworks. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention lists an estimated 7,000 reported injuries in 2008.

Safe Celebration: Read and follow all firework warnings and instructions.

Safe Celebration: Only light fireworks on a smooth, flat surface safely away from people and any flammable items.

Safe Celebration: When lighting fireworks, be aware of any brush or dry grass that may ignite from sparks.

Safe Celebration: Whether you have your own fireworks show or watch a professional display, enjoy the holiday.