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A Strong Crack-Free Windshield Can Keep You Safe

No one wants to have an accident but a strong crack-free windshield can be what you need to keep you and your passengers safe

 A Crack Free Windshield is More Than Just a Way to View the Road In Front of you.
That being said – even a small crack on a windshield can obstruct your view of the road. It is worth it for that reason alone to have it repaired or replaced promptly.

 A Strong Crack-Free Windshield can support the roof. When the structural integrity of a windshield is compromised from a crack, chip or other type of damage, its ability to keep people safe is compromised too. A windshield helps support the roof. adding another layer of defense keeping people safe inside during an accident. During a rollover accident, serious injuries and deaths are far less likely when the windshield is in good shape. Even a seemingly small, insignificant crack could reduce the structural integrity. This may be enough to increase the odds of the roof caving in and crushing the vehicle’s occupants. The best way to prevent it is by taking windshield damage seriously and addressing it promptly.

Your Windshield and Airbags work together. 

Here is what you may not be aware of: The windshield plays a crucial role in the way in which an airbag is deployed during an accident. When an airbag is deployed after an impact, it is designed to bounce against the windshield. It is dependent on the backstop of the windshield to properly protect you. This can also protect passengers from being ejected and from making contact with the  windshield. If the windshield is damaged, its ability to push the airbag back may become compromised and render the airbags useless. The airbag may not end up where it needs to be, and you or your passengers can be seriously injured or even killed.

 The Windshield Acts as a Cushion. The windshield acts as a cushion. Modern windshields are made from two sheets of glass that sandwich an inner layer of a polyvinyl material. As a result, the glass can fracture upon impact, but it will not shatter. The windshield acts as yet another line of defense keeping you in the car rather than being ejected from it. Sure, you can be bruised and battered by hitting the windshield during an accident – especially if the airbag does not deploy properly. However, it is still vastly preferable to the alternative: being ejected from the vehicle.

Windshield Repair can keep you safe. 

If you have been driving around with a damaged windshield, do not put off repairing it for another minute. Even if you are fine with having your vision partially obstructed, you should not be fine with the serious safety risks. Auto glass can be repaired or replaced quickly and for a surprisingly affordable price.  This can be free in some states such as Florida, It is always best to address windshield issues as quickly as possible.

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Safety for Back to School

Yellow School Buses! Day Care Vans! Family Cars! More Traffic! More Congestion! Back to School Safety is our #1 Concern!

Go Slow! You are sharing the road with bike riders and walkers not to mention more vehicles – buses and cars. If carpooling is an option, do it – as it lessens the number of cars on the road.

Give yourself a few extra minutes! Even if you don’t have any children at school, you need to have patience going to and from work now especially in school zones.

School Drop Off and Pick Up Rules – Follow the school rules especially as stated for drop off and pick up. Don’t double park as it blocks visibility for other children and vehicles. Another hazard is parking across the street from the school and dropping off or picking up children.

Walkers and bike riders –Tragedy can also occur when school zone speed limits are not respected common cause of collision is a driver turning left in front of a cyclist.

School Buses – It is illegal in all 50 states to pass a school bus that is stopped to load or unload children. If the yellow or red lights are flashing, traffic must stop – not an option. Accidents occur when a motorist illegally passes a stopped school bus.

Be Alert – As a driver, you need to be alert and take it slow. Children can be unpredictable. Be extra alert in school zones and residential neighborhoods.

School safety is #1 as the children go back to school. Make it a safe year.

 

 

 

 

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Never Leave Kids or Pets in a Hot Car

Here in Florida, the temperature goes from hot to hotter especially in the summer months. While leaving a child in a car is not always unlawful*, leaving a child or pet in a hot car can be deadly.

Even at 70 degrees on a sunny day, after a half hour, the temperature inside a car is 104 degrees. After an hour, it can reach 113 degrees. When temperatures outside range from 80 degrees to 100 degrees, the temperature inside a car parked in direct sunlight can quickly climb to between 130 to 172.

While walking through the parking lot, you see a child or pet in a hot car. You are appalled and want to help. What should you do? Break a window? In March 2016, Governor Scott signed into State Law House Bill 131, which “creates immunity from civil liability for property damage that may occur when an individual attempts to rescue a minor, elderly or disabled adult, or domestic animal from a motor vehicle.”

But you just can’t start swinging a hammer. The rescuer must have reasonable belief that the person or pet inside is in imminent danger of death or injury. To get immunity, you have to try other options first. Call 911 and stay with the vehicle in question until law enforcement arrives. Take the advice of the 911 dispatcher while waiting. Check to see if the car in unlocked. If it is, open the door to let some “cooler” air flow inside.

While you are perfectly justified to call 911 to save a life, acting on your own can be risky. For instance, the car’s owner can arrive before authorities do. There can be an angry confrontation especially if there are broken windows. Some people don’t like others minding their business. The best thing to do is step aside, jot down the license number and make of car and let law enforcement take it from there.

The Good News is that you can be a Good Samaritan without penalty to you if you are acting in good faith.

* Florida Statute 316.6135 A parent, legal guardian, or any other person responsible for a child, younger than 6 years of age, may not leave the child unattended or unsupervised in a motor vehicle, for a period in excess of 15 minutes. Other conditions apply.