Thursday, May 27, 2010

summer car/vehicle safety information/suggestions


Great information from AAA Arizona...

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Breakdown Plan a Must as Summer, 100 Degree Days Begin

Phoenix, Ariz., May 26, 2010

...Without preventive maintenance, the desert heat increases the likelihood of a motorist experiencing a vehicle failure, leaving them unexpectedly – and dangerously – stranded on the side of the road. As a result, AAA would like to remind motorists about the importance of vehicle maintenance, as well as the need to have an emergency roadside plan.

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In the event that a vehicle failure does occur, AAA advises motorists to adhere to the following emergency roadside plan:

Turn on four-way flashers and pull completely off the roadway, if possible. On a freeway/highway, use the nearest exit, if possible. If unable to exit, pull the vehicle to the far right side of the roadway, on the right side of the solid, white line. Do not pull into, or stop in the gore area, which divides the roadway from the exit.

If you’re unable to exit the roadway, stay in your vehicle and remain buckled. Call AAA or your emergency roadside provider.

If you feel that you are in danger, let the dispatcher know immediately. Or, if your vehicle is stopped on the travel portion of the roadway, call 911.

Know your location in order to expedite help. Pay attention to the last exit if on a freeway, mile markers or signs, and your direction of travel.

Stay with your vehicle at all times, so long as it is safe to do so.

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Another must-have...is an emergency car care kit. The kit should include water, non-perishable food items, jumper cables, a flashlight, extra batteries, duct tape, safety vest as well as first-aid items. Kits can be assembled at home or purchased pre-assembled...

AAA also advises motorists to always travel with a cell phone and car charger, which will enable them to summon help...


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