Wednesday, April 28, 2010

How to prevent your car from being stolen or broken into.

You don’t have to drive the most sophisticated of cars for your vehicle to be a target to theft. Older cars are actually sought out more because they lack the security that the newer cars are fitted with.

The longer it takes to steal a car, the better the chances are it won’t be stolen. You can’t stop a thief from stealing your car but you can definitely make your car less appealing by following a few simple tips.

Keep valuables out of sight – Most cars are stolen for simple reasons.

1. The keys are left inside,
2. There are bags left in plain view or ...
3. Valuables such as wallet left on the dashboard. Put all valuables in the trunk or glove box.

Never leave your car unattended – Car alarms are becoming harder to bypass so unattended cars are becoming bigger targets. Even if you’re leaving your car for just a few moments, remove the key from the ignition and lock the doors.

Park in well lighted areas – Thieves like to steal in the night and do not want witnesses so try to park in the brightest area or in an attended parking lot.

Lock all doors and windows – People still forget to lock their days and even on the hottest of

days, roll up your windows. The smallest opening can make your car an easy target for theft.

Install Car alarms and indicators – You want to make the thief aware that there is an alarm system installed. Use alarm stickers on windows but leave out what type of alarm is installed. Use LED indicators so it’s more visual for the thief. Your car alarm should be loud enough to attract attention when it goes off.

A separate battery for the alarm system – The first thing a thief will do is try and cut the battery cable as the car alarm is tied into the battery. Use a hidden 12V motorcycle battery for the alarm system.

Although following these steps will not provide 100% protection from theft, they will make your vehicle less attractive to the thieves.

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Wednesday, April 21, 2010

What to do when you're in a car accident.

Car accidents, even the small ones can be a traumatic event. There is no doubt that you will feel scared, jittery or frustrated. You may not be focused on what just happened. Unless you or any others involved in the accident needs immediate medical attention whereas you should dial 911, you will need to work through the fear and compose yourself. What you do at the scene of the accident can play a big role in the resolution of the case.

Here is a list of things to do when in a car accident:

· Stop the vehicle. Leaving a scene of an accident whether it’s your fault or not, could have you charged with hit and run.
· Avoid too much conversation about the accident. Do not admit to any fault or liability. You want to discuss details with the police or your insurance agent only.
· You may not have a camera on hand but if you’ve got a cell phone with a camera, take pictures of the vehicles involved, the location and any debris surrounding the accident. Take pictures of any other damages on the other vehicle that could not have happened in this accident.
· Gather as much information as possible. You’ll want to make sure you’ve got the names, addresses and phone number of the driver and all passengers. Get a description of the other vehicle involved. Don’t forget the other driver’s license plate and insurance information. It may also be wise to get any witnesses information, collect the date and time of the accident and also record the location.
· Cooperate completely with the police. You never want to argue and lose your temper with the police or with the other party involved. Doing so may result in you looking guilty.
· As soon as possible, contact your insurance company and file a report with them.

It’s important to know what to do when you’re in an accident before it happens, so keep your checklist and review it from time to time.

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