This week is National Tire Safety Week May 28 – June 3

 

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration recommends drivers check tire pressure at least once per month. Also, check your tire tread. Proper tread depth gives your vehicle the traction to stop and hold the road on curves.

As a quick home test, you can check tread depth with a U.S. penny, make sure the tread goes over Lincoln’s head. If it doesn’t, your tire needs to be replaced.

Spending just a few minutes each month on maintenance can make all the difference in your tires’ safety, life, and performance. Just stick to the four essentials.

  1. TIRE PRESSURE

Proper inflation pressure gives tires the ability to support the vehicle and you to control it for maximum performance. Maintaining proper inflation pressure maximizes fuel economy, too. Check your tires at least once a month. Under-inflated tires generate excessive heat build-up and stress, causing irregular wear and internal damage. Over-inflated tires are more likely to be cut, punctured or damaged when hitting an obstacle, such as a pothole. Check your tire pressure using a tire gauge to check inflation pressure. And don’t forget about your spare.

  1. TREAD DEPTH

Tread equals traction—giving your tires a grip on the road, especially in bad weather. Lose too much tread and you could lose control.

  1. TIRE ROTATION

Rotating your tires based on the recommendations in your vehicle’s owner’s manual can prevent irregular tire wear. Tires should be changed every 5,000 to 8,000 miles for most cars.

  1. TIRE ALIGNMENT

Striking a pothole or other road hazard could cause alignment issues. Misaligned wheels can lead to uneven, rapid tread wear and should be corrected by a tire dealer.

Spending a little time on these essentials every month and every few thousand miles will help your tires keep you safe.

Also keep in mind, as seasons change, so do driving conditions. Prepare for safer travels in all kinds of weather with tire care and driving tips for spring, summer, fall and winter.

 

Break Glass In Case Of Emergency

You never think of real life emergencies happening to you, but you should always be prepared. One handy tool that will get you out of an emergency situation is a safety hammer.  The safety hammer has an infinite set of practical uses and will provide a lifetime of reliable service.

You may be in a car crash where your car is in the water and power to your car is disrupted and your door is jammed. In that situation, if you have that hammer in your car you can break a window and it also has a blade to cut your seatbelt.

We recommend that everyone keeps a safety hammer in their car.

Be well prepared & stay safe!

Berke Law Firm, P.A.
4423 Del Prado Blvd. S.
Cape Coral, Florida 33904
(239) 549-6689-phone
(239) 549-3331-fax

How to Avoid Lightning

 

When you see a lightning flash, count the number of seconds until you hear thunder, and seek shelter if the count is less than 30. Seek shelter in any closed building with a roof, four walls and an insulating floor or a vehicle with a roof. You should avoid open garages, patios, and convertible automobiles. When inside, avoid using water or landline telephones because lightning travels through plumbing and telephone wires. You should stay indoors for 30 minutes after you hear the last clap of thunder. After 30 minutes, you can be sure the storm is too far away to strike you with a bolt of positive lightning.

Here are some helpful tips to staying safe:

Stay indoors if possible

Stay away from windows.

Don’t touch anything metal or electrical.

Get out of the water.

Be alert for more lightning strikes

Minimize your risk. If you absolutely cannot reach shelter during a lightning storm, do everything you can to minimize your risk. The safest place to be during an electrical storm is indoors. Pay special attention to the weather forecast in cases like these to keep yourself updated.

 

 

HOW TO PROPERLY INSTALL A CAR SEAT

Installing a car seat correctly is no easy task. You must first make sure you are using the right car seat type.

Then there’s the question of when to transition your child to another type of car seat.

You should position car seats in the back seat. This is the safest location in the car for a child to ride.

Lock the seat belt. If your vehicle doesn’t have lower anchors, refer to your owner’s manual to find out how to lock a seat belt once the seat is in place.

Secure tightly. Once the safety seat is in place and attached with either the seat belt or lower anchors, wiggle it side to side, back and forth. It should not move more than 1 inch in any direction.

Adjust the recline angle. For rear-facing seats, it is important that the base of your car seat is level to prevent your child’s head from flopping forward. Most seats will have indicators on the side to help.

Connect the tether strap. Forward-facing seats have an extra strap at the top as an added safety measure. Double-check your vehicle and attach and tighten the tether strap if possible to prevent head movement in the event of a crash.

Child safety seats greatly reduce the risks of fatal injury in infants and toddlers riding in motor vehicles. Keep in mind that car seats should be replaced after a car accident. NEVER use a car seat that has been involved in a moderate to severe crash.

Just as you would click your own seatbelt to keep yourself safe, you should always buckle your child into the right car seat for their age and size.

Always follow manufacturer’s instructions.