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On: Fri, Nov 28, 2014 at 9:27AM | By: Karen Cook

Personal Safety Check

The news is full of safety recalls on all sorts of vehicles. We expect auto makers to produce vehicles with the highest level of safety possible. That’s a pretty tall order with all the technology involved in getting one to run. We had fewer problems when windows rolled down using a handle and doors unlocked using a key. I’m not so sure that cars weren’t safer without airbags as well. Anyway, manufacturers are doing what they can to ensure that our cars don’t kill us, but that’s not what this article is about.

There’s not much you can do about some of the safety issues inherent in a motor vehicle. There is something you can do about keeping your car safe though. As faulty human beings, we have a myriad of things we do in and to our cars that create safety problems that are not mechanical in nature.

Keep your windshield and windows clean. If you can’t see where you’re going or see other vehicles on the road, you are much more likely to hit them. This goes for any mirrors on the car too. Vision is a high priority when driving, and any obstructions should be removed as soon as possible. This includes all those stuffed animals you think look so cute in your back window and , heaven forbid, on your dashboard.

An abundance of trash in the vehicle is unsafe too. Things rolling loose on the floor can easily lodge under the pedals, causing you to be unable to brake. Debris can also cause your feet to slip which may lead to unintentional acceleration. Either of these conditions could have deadly consequences.

A car is difficult to control if the tires are not properly inflated. Tire gauges are cheap and some of them are kinda cute. Keep one in your glove box and check your tires every time you fill up. Low or uneven tires can lead to blow outs which can lead to an impossible to control vehicle. This is dangerous to the driver and passengers in the car and to others on the road.

It’s easy to place blame on the automakers for all the problems we experience with our vehicles. It’s not so easy to accept responsibility for the unsafe situations we place ourselves, our passengers and fellow drivers in when we fail to have a little foresight and take a few simple precautions. Take a cue from Michael Jackson, let’s start with the man in the mirror. After you’ve cleaned the mud off from the last rain storm.

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