Protecting Your Car and Yourself
As Winter makes its way to Spring, and Spring makes it way to Summer, the idea of car safety may be taking a backseat. People often think of snow tires, instant car starters, and ice/snow removal tools when Jack Frost hits. When the sun is shining and the birds are singing, we may forget to remain ever vigilant for safety. Given the global health pandemic, car safety should be on everyone’s radar. Although driving is typically a more common hazard than a parked car, car thieves, disease, and even animals, can pose a problem as well. Here are a few ways to protect yourself and your trusty ride during uncertain times.
Plague and Pestilence
We are all familiar with the Covid-19 virus now, as many state and federal officials have issued a “shelter in place” warning for residents. Social distancing of 6 feet and avoiding public places are great ways to protect yourself and others. But what happens if you need to go out? Keeping antibacterial wipes in your car is a smart precaution. When you get in to drive, wipe your hands and the steering wheel thoroughly. Wipes help minimize the viral and bacterial load on the most commonly touched surfaces. While you’re at it, wipe your door handles when exiting the vehicle as well. Air out your car when you arrive at your destination (weather permitting). Fresh air reduces the potential for disease to linger. Do your best to avoid ride-sharing services like Uber, Lyft, or even carpooling until coronavirus is contained.
Lions, Tigers, and Thieves, Oh My!
Even when there isn’t an outbreak, hidden dangers are still present. Criminals are always looking to capitalize on unaware or lax car owners. If you don’t have proper security measures in place, you could become a victim. When you’re away from your car, make sure your doors are locked and your alarm active, if available. If you don’t have an alarm or would like extra protection, consider a steering wheel lock. Steering wheel locks make your steering wheel immobile, rendering your vehicle inoperable to thieves. You can also get GPS tracking for your car and keyless entry systems so no one can get into your car except for you. Anyone who lives near or who is traveling to rural areas should be sure to throw away any trash in your vehicle. Bears have a powerful sense of smell and scavenge for garbage. Keep cleanliness in mind for yourself and your vehicle as an essential safety measure.
by Nick Climan – Content Creator at Half Full Marketing