Lucky for us, not too many crazy things happen here on the Monterey Peninsula. However, that doesn’t mean we should blow off preparing for disaster. Monterey County has seen numerous wildfires, evacuations, car accidents, and other disasters. Why not prepare yourself, your family, and your car in case you need to leave your home on short notice?
If you take the time to be prepared, the painful sting of unexpected accidents or emergencies can be reduced. Of course, one can never be fully prepared to a life-altering event, but advance preparation can remove some of the chaos that comes with it.
Earlier this month, we shared some helpful advice that can help you and your family prepare. Here’s a recap:
Check your tires.
Just a couple extra minutes in the morning, make sure your tires aren’t going flat on you. You can even use the penny trick! When your tires are properly inflated, not only will your tires last longer, but you will reduce your chances of a blowout or a flat. When your Tire Pressure Monitoring System alerts you to check your tires, we encourage you to do so for safety’s sake.
Take your vehicle in for preventive maintenance.
Yes, we know. You hear this all the time. Even still, we can’t stress enough how important regular maintenance like oil changes and factory-scheduled service are to the life of your car and your engine. After all, do you really look forward to sitting with a disabled car on the side of the road at night or during rush hour traffic? Preventive maintenance reduces the risk of breakdowns and accidents, so never neglect your vehicle’s maintenance schedule.
Keep your insurance up to date.
Not only will this keep you driving worry-free for the year, but it’s mandatory. Take a moment to check that your papers are in the car and your stickers are up to date! We also advise that you keep the contact information handy for your insurance company so you can quickly make a claim in the event of a traffic accident. The sooner you can connect with your insurance company, the sooner you’ll be able to repair your car.
Pack a personal health kit.
Make sure your kit includes at least two spare face masks, hand sanitizer, bottled water, and some Kleenex. Not only will this help you reduce your risk of exposure, but it may also come in handy for anyone who accidentally leaves the house without their facemasks.
Prepare an emergency kit for your car.
In the event of an accident or a breakdown, your emergency kit should tide you over until you reach help. Make sure there’s a packed first aid kit, emergency flares, water, a spare tire, and the tools to replace that tire. No one wants to get into an emergency, but if you have what you need already in your car, you’ll be glad you’re prepared.
Establish family plans.
To add, we recommend that you and your family establish plans for various emergencies. What steps will you take if your house catches fire? What roles will each family member assume if you and your pets must evacuate? How will you handle quarantine, job loss, an accident, an earthquake, or other emergencies?
If you have other ideas to add to this list, we encourage you to contact us at CARSTAR Robert’s Collision in Monterey. Or, make an appointment for auto body repairs and service at http://www.roberts-autorepair.com/appointments/.