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Tips To Help Your Teen Be a Better Driver

Posted by Jarrett Ward on Thu, Jul 20, 2017 @ 07:00 AM
by Jody DeVere at AskPatty.com

It’s that time of year when we send our kids back to school, and for the first time, some of them will be driving themselves -- and maybe even siblings -- to and from campus.

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Topics: teen driving, car safety

The Heat is On! Keep Those Kids and Pets Safe Don't Leave Children and Pets in Vehicles!!!

Posted by Jarrett Ward on Tue, Jun 27, 2017 @ 03:47 PM
The Heat is On – Keep Those Kids and Pets Safe

The summer months can be uncomfortable—even dangerous—for people and pets. It’s difficult enough simply to cope with rising temperatures, let alone thick humidity, but things really get tough in areas that are hit with the double blow of intense heat and storm-caused power outages, sometimes with tragic results.

Strategies to NEVER Leave Your Kids in the Car

We remember those days. You are so tired you have to ask yourself: Did I shower today? Did I take my vitamin? Pill? When we think back to being that exhausted and we (Cherie and I) have to think that for a parent to “forget” their child – the most precious thing in the world …you must be tired beyond belief! We are asking ourselves could we have ever left our child in the car? Could that have happened to us? Ask yourself – could you do that? We would like to think NO – that could never happen, but, if you have been a parent long enough you have learned to say to yourself…..never say NEVER. So our take on this is: Forget about “could you do it.” Let’s discuss prevention strategies to help you NEVER do it!

Strategy #1 - Leave your pocketbook or wallet and cell phone in the backseat next to your child in the car seat. By doing this you are not only ensuring that you won’t forget your child, but you can also now sign up for Oprah’s no phone zone because if your cell is in the backseat you are not talking or texting.

Strategy #2 - Put a stuffed animal in the car seat when your child is not in it – when you go to put your child in the seat – you take the animal out and put it next to you as a reminder your child is in the car seat.

Strategy #3 - Write yourself a brightly-colored sticky note on the dashboard of your car – baby in back!

Strategy #4 - Buy yourself the child safety mirror that attaches to your rearview mirror so that you can see your child at all times.

 

Easily Preventable - This tragedy is so easily preventable – just by using the above strategies, you could save a life. Please relay this information to friends, family and coworkers so no more families have to suffer from this awful tragedy.

Never Leave Your Pets in a Hot Car

Pets should never be left in a hot car. Not even for a minute. Not even with the car running and air conditioner on. On a warm day, temperatures inside a vehicle can rise rapidly to dangerous levels. On an 85-degree day, for example, the temperature inside a car with the windows opened slightly can reach 102 degrees within 10 minutes. After 30 minutes, the temperature will reach 120 degrees. That beloved pet may suffer irreversible organ damage or die.

 

For more great information take a look at this article written by the American Veterinary Medical Association regarding Pets in Vehicles.

 

Sources: 

American Veterinary Medical Association

Kids Safe Foundation

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8 Tips for Winter Car Safety

Posted by Jarrett Ward on Thu, Feb 02, 2017 @ 01:36 PM

 

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Topics: winter driving, winter car

5 things to look for in a good mechanic in Bel Air Maryland

Posted by Jarrett Ward on Tue, Oct 25, 2016 @ 07:20 AM
Just twenty or so years ago, most handy guys could work on thier own cars and many of them did. But engine technologies and computers have made them so sophisticated that you pertty much have to take your car to a reliable mechanic. But how do you find one you can trust? Take a look at these 5 tips for selcting a trusted Auto mechanic in Harford County Maryland or anywhere else.
  • Seek referrals. Check with your friends, family, or co-workers to recommend a local mechanic with an excellent track reputation. If you’re new to town or just want to do a little more research on a mechanic, ask the mechanic for references.
  • Steer clear of the “shadetree mechanic.”  We all know someone who fixes cars. Someone who works on cars at home, rather than in a repair shop. Although it can be tempting to go this route, someone who fixes cars this way generally cannot offer any guarantees on work quality.
  • Check for ASE Certification. The National Institute of Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) certifies individual repair technicians. In order to become ASE certificatied, a technician must pass a rigorous test every five years. This qualification indicates that a mechanic is extremely well versed in automotive repair and in specific automotive technologies.
  • Check the repair center’s track record. If an individual shop or mechanic has been serving the neighborhood for a long time, that’s a great sign of reliable, long-term service.
  • Look for a warranty. Good mechanics will always stand behind thier work and the parts they use. Ask a prospective mechanic about how any warranty program works, and whether you may be covered if your car breaks down.

Ward Automotive is a separate division of Bel Air autobody, a Harford county Auto Body shop serving the residents of Bel Air, Edgewood, Fallston and Abingdon for over 20 years. If you car needs mechanical work, why not take it to a shop that knows your car literally inside and out?

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Watch out for bicyclists in Bel Air, MD

Posted by Jarrett Ward on Fri, Sep 16, 2016 @ 10:43 AM
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The Heat is On - Keep Those Pets Safe

Posted by Jarrett Ward on Thu, Sep 01, 2016 @ 03:53 PM

The Heat is On - Keep Those Pets Safe

The summer months can be uncomfortable—even dangerous—for pets and people. It's difficult enough simply to cope with rising temperatures, let alone thick humidity, but things really get tough in areas that are hit with the double blow of intense heat and storm-caused power outages, sometimes with tragic results.

With a Pet Safety Days initiative, you can help your community keep their pets safe and cool this summer. 
See The Human Society thoughts on this  SAFE
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Who Can Change My Timing Chain in Bel Air, MD

Posted by Jarrett Ward on Thu, May 19, 2016 @ 12:15 PM
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Green Driving Tips

Posted by Jarrett Ward on Wed, Apr 20, 2016 @ 01:02 PM

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Green Driving Tips

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Topics: Car Detailing

6 Post -Winter Auto Detailing Tips for Bel Air Drivers

Posted by Jarrett Ward on Wed, Mar 16, 2016 @ 03:10 PM

As I sit here writing this, we have just had our first warm days of spring here in Bel Air Maryland. I have three daffodils in full blook with more on the way. The trees are all budding up with new growth. I can’t say this winter has been as bad as in the past, (well except for that major snow storm we had), but we did have enough winter weather to shorten the lifespan of your car if not properly handled. Here are some tips for Bel Air drivers to do this week without delay!

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Topics: Car Detailing

WIPER BLADES

Posted by Jarrett Ward on Fri, Jan 08, 2016 @ 10:36 AM

Wiper Blades- what Bel Air drivers need to know

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Topics: wiper blades