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Don’t Forget to Lock Your Car and More…

7 Jul

July is National Vehicle Theft Prevention Month. Many people in the United States rely on their vehicle as their primary mode of transportation.  Yet, many are not familiar with or take enough precautions to keep their vehicles safe from thieves. According to NHTSA, nearly three-quarters of a million vehicles were stolen in the United States in 2015 and half of those thefts would likely have been avoided with some simple preventative measures.

 

Infographic: USDOT 

Since over 40% of stolen vehicles are never recovered, here is what you can do to avoid becoming a victim:

  • Don’t leave your car unlocked
  • Take your key; do not leave it in the car
  • Don’t leave any windows open
  • Park in well-lit areas
  • Install an anti-theft device (learn more here)
  • Don’t leave valuables in the car
  • Don’t leave the second set of keys in your car
  • Park with the wheels turned towards the curb to make the car harder to tow
  • Don’t leave your registration card in the car
  • Have your VIN stamped on your windshield

If your car was stolen call the police and be prepared to give them the following information:  a detailed description of your vehicle, the VIN number, license plate number. You can find more info on what to do when your car is stolen here.

We are aware that many of these tips are common sense and yet many people fail to take precautions, but we are sharing these tips in the hope that fewer people have their vehicle stolen due to a lack of awareness.

Stay safe and remember to lock the car, but don’t lock the kids or pets in the car!

Sources

https://www.trafficsafetymarketing.gov/get-materials/vehicle-safety/vehicle-theft-prevention

http://www.safercar.gov/Vehicle+Owners/Resources/Theft+Prevention

http://www.autobytel.com/auto-news/july-is-national-vehicle-theft-protection-month-107624/

http://www.insurance.com/auto-insurance/claims/what-to-do-if-your-car-is-stolen.aspx

 

Summer Safety Travel Tips

22 May
Photo credit: pixshark.com

Photo credit: pixshark.com

 

Memorial Day weekend is here, which means it is the unofficial kickoff to summer! People start to head out on road trips and vacations, meaning that there are more drivers on the road during the summer months. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety reports that there are higher fatalities during the summertime.

Before you get behind the wheel, read these safety tips to ensure a safe summer:

  1. Check the air pressure in your tires. Prevent flat tires or a blowout by checking the pressure in your tires at least once a month.
  1. Never leave children or pets unattended in a car. In only 10 minutes, a car’s temperature can rise over 20 degrees. Even if you are just running into a store for a few minutes, the car can heat up to dangerous and fatal temperatures. Always take your child or pet with you!
  1. Watch out for bicyclists! Warm weather can bring out many bike riders, both experienced and novice. When you are driving, be cautious of bicyclists by slowing down and moving into the next lane when it is safe to do so. Always be scanning the road for bicyclists and other pedestrians.
  1. Keep an eye out for children. During the summer, kids are out of school and are spending more time outside. Watch for children playing, walking, and riding bikes. Go slow through neighborhoods.
  1. Don’t drive distracted. Never talk or text on the phone while driving. If you are on a road trip, have someone else in the car use the phone to get directions. If need be pull over to the side of the road or find a rest stop to use your phone. Taking a life isn’t worth a text message! Keep your eyes on the road at all times.

These tips can help keep you and other drivers and pedestrians safe all summer long!