Monday, August 15, 2011

How to Keep Your Car and its loads Safe?


"Better to be safe than Sorry" probably also coined the phrase "You can never be too careful." That said, keep your doors locked at all times — as soon as you get in the car, while you're driving and after you park. Whether you're parked in a garage or driving through a seedy neighborhood, locking your doors is the first step to car safety.

Keeping car into safety should not be taken fro granted. Many things should be keep to consider. If you have to park in a deserted area, have a friend walk you to your car. Always lock your doors.
A wise person (who surely spent more than $1,000 a year on textbooks) once said, "It's better to be safe than sorry." When it comes to bringing you car to campus, truer words were never spoken.

The following advice might seem like common sense, but as a college-educated young adult, you probably know what they say happens to common sense as intelligence increases.

Keep Track of Your Stereo -Often, thieves don't want your car so they can make a beer run; they target a car for its parts or what's inside it. One common target is aftermarket stereo equipment. If you've installed a killer sound system in your car, write down the equipment's serial number so that if it's stolen and recovered it can be returned to you. Some systems come with a removable faceplate that you can take with you when you park your car — much like cyclists who remove their bicycle seat to prevent theft. 
It's always a good idea to park in well-lit areas that have lots of foot traffic. You may also want to bring a friend when walking to your car late at night.  Don't leave valuables out in the open. Leaving your iPod in plain view on the car seat is like taping a "steal me" sign to it. If you must leave your valuables in your car, conceal them in the glove compartment, center console or trunk.  No one wants to be stuck in the middle of nowhere with an empty gas tank or a dead battery. 
Try to keep your gas tank at least a quarter full. Get routine oil changes and maintenance checks when you go home, or find a trusty mechanic near campus. It's also smart to join an organization such as AAA, which can help you in the event of a breakdown. Also check if your insurance company offers roadside assistance.
Check Out Your Surroundings - When deciding to bring your car to school, it's a good idea to consider the neighborhood you'll be driving in. Your campus may be beautiful and well-lit, but remember to check out the surrounding area. Does it have a high crime rate? Are you driving a high-theft car? If you're concerned, you may want to invest in an anti-theft device.
By Renee Krejci, Cars.com

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