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487 posts categorized "Safety - Child Safety"

March 03, 2015

AskPatty's Tips for Driving with Dogs -- Tip #1

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DON’T: Let your dog ride loose in your car.

Keep your pet in the back seat in his crate or with a harness attached to a seat buckle.

Lauren Genkinger, president of Adopt a Golden Atlanta, recommends not allowing your dog in the front seat to avoid driver distraction and injury to the animal if there is a sudden stop or accident and the airbag goes off.

If you choose a crate, make sure it's large enough for your pet to stand, sit, lie down, and turn around in. Always secure the crate so it won't slide or shift in the event of a quick stop.  And P.S., it's smart to get your pet used to the carrier in the comfort of your home before your trip.

Get all 10 tips for driving with dogs here at AskPatty.com

February 26, 2015

AskPatty's Winter Driving Do's and Don'ts -- Tip #10

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DO make sure you are awake and alert behind the wheel.

If necessary, take a break and grab a coffee.

DON’T lose track of how many hot toddies you consumed to stay warm.

The most important winter weather safe driving tip of all is to refrain from drinking and driving under all circumstances. If you think you will drink, arrange for alternate transportation ahead of time.

February 24, 2015

AskPatty's Winter Driving Do's and Don'ts -- Tip #9

9-DO-stay-calm

DO stay calm

if you find yourself stuck in the snow or broken down on the side of the road in adverse conditions

DON’T leave your car unless available shelter is close by.

If you need to run the engine to stay warm, make sure the exhaust pipe isn’t clogged with snow so the interior stays clear of harmful carbon monoxide.

February 19, 2015

AskPatty's Winter Driving Do's and Don'ts -- Tip #8

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DO turn the steering wheel in the direction of the slide

when driving on snowy or icy roads until you gain control.

DON’T apply power or change directions suddenly on snow or ice.

February 17, 2015

AskPatty's Winter Driving Do's and Don'ts -- Tip #7

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DO apply even pressure when braking

in slick conditions if your vehicle is equipped with anti-lock brakes. Keep in mind anti-lock brakes do not shorten stopping distance, but they do help you maintain control.


DON’T become overconfident in snowy and slippery road conditions.

Always test road conditions with cautious driving when the surface area is wet or icy, particularly on bridges and overpasses.

February 12, 2015

AskPatty's Winter Driving Do's and Don'ts -- Tip #6

6-Do-remain-aware-of-whats-around-you

DO remain aware of what’s around you on the road,

including checking your blind spots and keeping an eye out for pedestrians or lost reindeer from Santa’s sleigh.

DON’T follow too closely.

The general rule is the vehicle ahead should pass a road marker two seconds before you. In slippery conditions, it is recommended to double the amount of space between you and the vehicle in front.

February 10, 2015

AskPatty's Winter Driving Do's and Don'ts -- Tip #5

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DO prepare your car for an emergency.

Essential items to keep in the trunk are a blanket to stay warm, proper attire (boots, jacket, hat and gloves) in case you have to be outside for an extended period of time, a shovel, flashlight with fresh batteries and snacks. Keep your cell phone charged to call help if necessary.

DON’T forget the kitty litter or sand, which can be used to provide added traction if your car becomes stuck in the snow.

February 05, 2015

AskPatty's Winter Driving Do's and Don'ts -- Tip #4

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DO maintain at least half a tank of gas.
Keeping your tank half-full will help prevent stranding yourself in adverse conditions.
DON’T forget to check that all fluids are at proper levels and ensure all tires, including the spare, have the required pressure and tread.

February 03, 2015

AskPatty's Winter Driving Do's and Don'ts -- Tip #3

3-DO-wash-your-car-regularly

DO wash your car regularly to remove salt and dirt from the roadways.
DON’T let road grime prematurely age the body of your vehicle by neglecting to bathe it.

January 29, 2015

AskPatty's Winter Driving Do's and Don'ts -- Tip #2

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DO use winterized windshield wiper fluid to make sure your wiper sprayer doesn’t freeze over or crack, preventing you from washing away dirt and salt.
DON’T try to melt ice from your windshield by pouring hot water on it. Using hot water can crack the windshield.