|Written by Jeff Larson|
It's a reality of life. Our skills as drivers change as we age.
Maintaining a Vehicle for Safe Operation
This is an issue that often takes a back seat through lack of time, finances or just plain denial. Scheduled maintenance of our vehicles over time ensures that you’re not only less likely to break down, but will have a safer ride overall.
Keeping your tires, brakes, and suspension systems in good condition can help you to avoid a col-lision and keep you free of injury.
The following websites are available to provide tips on keeping you and passengers safe while driving:
Keep Tires Up to Date
Check tread depth. Tread depth should not be less than 1/16 of an inch. Hint: use a penny. If you can see the top of Lincoln’s head, you need new tires. Keep tire pressure at recommended PSI (pounds per inch). Use snow tires in winter in areas where snow falls. More information
Seat Belt Usage
Wear your seat belt. It is safer. Seat belts save lives. You are less likely to be injured in an accident and will be better prepared to deal with an emergency situation if you are wearing your seat belt. If you need to take emergency action while driving, a seat belt can help to keep you better positioned behind the wheel so that you can more effectively maintain control of your vehicle. More information
Child Restraint Systems
This is a critical issue for parents with young children. Children should be placed in the back seat of the car in a car seat. This sounds like a simple solution, but children of different ages and sizes require different restraints. It raises questions about what type of car seat might be best. How do you know that your child is properly secured in the seat should an emergency occur?
The following websites provide pertinent information on child restraint systems, including child restraint laws:
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