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CAR THEFT PREVENTION TIPS

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According to Geico, there are many theft prevention devices on the market: a mechanism that locks onto the steering wheel, ignition cut-off systems that prevent a car from starting, and passive alarms that activate automatically when the key is removed from the ignition.

However, you don’t necessarily have to spend money to keep your car safe. Here are a few tips to help ward off thieves:

Hide your valuables. You take good care of your car, so what thief could resist it? Don’t make your car look any more desirable by leaving your Coach purse, Nike shoes, iPod, phone, or wallet within plain sight of people walking by. Always take your valuables inside with you. If you can’t, put them in the trunk or hide them underneath your seats.

Put your car in the garage. Parking your vehicle inside protects it from thieves as well as from thunderstorms, hail, and wind. Even if you park in your garage, It is recommended that you lock your car doors. By locking both the garage and vehicle doors, you have doubled your chances of deterring a thief.

Lock your doors. This seems like a pretty obvious tip, but often, people don’t lock their doors. They figure they are only going inside for a few minutes. They also assume that their car is safe when it is parked in their driveway. The thief might not have enough time to take your car, but he will have enough time to steal your purse, iPod, or phone from the passenger’s seat. As a rule, you should always have your car doors locked, even when you are driving. That way, no one can get in if you don’t want them to.

Don’t leave your keys in the ignition. This goes hand-in-hand with the last tip. Again, this may seem obvious, but you’d be amazed how many people leave the car running with the keys in the ignition while they run inside on a quick errand. Even if you are in the safest, best neighborhood of your city, it’s never a good idea to leave your car keys in the ignition. It only takes one wrong person to see it and make off with your car.

Park in a safe spot. Thieves like to work in the dark where they are less likely to be seen. Whenever possible, make sure you park in a well-lit spot in a safe neighborhood. If you have to park in a parking lot, try to park near the periphery—you want a lot of pedestrians or traffic going by.

The sad truth is that every forty-five seconds, a vehicle is stolen in the United States. If it happens to you, immediately contact the police and file a stolen vehicle report. Next, contact your insurance company to submit a theft claim. If you locate your vehicle before the authorities do, notify the police and your insurance company as soon as possible.

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Hitch trailers correctly and save lives

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A nice, clear day. It’s hot and the lake beckons with cool breezes, some fishing and maybe a dip to cool off.

Get that boat on the trailer and get going!

Not so fast.

Most people don’t know that one of the most dangerous things they can do on the highway involves towing a trailer.  What you do between hitching and driving could save your life or ruin it.

According to Dangerous Trailers, every year about 400 people lose their lives at the scene of the accident when an improperly towed trailer unhitched from the tow vehicle and careens across the highway, or even hits the car towing it.  About 10,000 people are injured every year in towing accidents.  Property damage accidents alone surpassed 1 million since 1975.

So what can you do when you need to get your boat to the lake?

1 Check your tires.  Check the tires on the tow vehicle and the trailer.  A blowout on the road can be deadly.  Don’t take chances.

2 Spend 25 cents.  That is how much it costs to buy a pin that holds the safety latch in place. In many states, this is the law.

In 2017, on a closed course at Lancaster National Speedway in New York, a professional driver tried to tow a small trailer without the pin. On the first turn, the latch came undone and the trailer careened across the track and hit a wall, according to Inside Edition. On the highway, this could be deadly.

3 Use two chains. The trailer hitch must be connected with two chains, not one. The chains must be crossed under the hitch, so that the hitch is cradled in case the latch comes undone.

4 Use the right size ball for your hitch. A 1 7/8-inch ball on a 2-inch trailer hitch could easily come loose and cause an accident.

5 Check and recheck. Check and recheck every time you start the tow.

 

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1215 Thomas G. Wilson Drive

Conway, AR 72032

(501)327-1882

How to drive in hail

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Hail storms are extremely dangerous to drive in. Not only can they cause extensive damage to your car but can also be harmful to anyone who decides to venture out of their vehicle.

Hail can also impair visibility and even break your car’s windows in extreme conditions. If hail is severe, stop driving and pull over to a safe – preferably sheltered – place.

If you have to travel, plan your route to avoid known affected areas.

We also recommend informing relatives and friends of your intended route in case of an emergency.

The following tips should always be followed when driving in hail storms:

  • Stay inside the vehicle. Hail falls at fast speeds, and can cause injury
  • If hail is severe, stop driving and pull over to a safe place so the hail doesn’t break the windshield or any windows. Stop under an overpass if you can, or pull out of traffic lanes and on to a hardshoulder
  • Keep your car angled so that the hail is hitting the front of your car. Windshields are reinforced to withstand forward driving and pelting objects. Side windows and backglass are not and are much more susceptible to breakage
  • Avoid ditches due to possible high-rising water

Customer Service Representative

1215 Thomas G. Wilson Drive

Conway, AR 72032

(501)327-1882

Robotic vests gain acceptance in industry…

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A vest that acts as an external skeleton might be one answer to reducing occupational health injuries.

The vest, developed by Ekso Biotics, is currently being used by the Ford Motor Company and has been widely tested since 2010.

Workers in industry and construction frequently have jobs that require them to keep their arms raised and outstretched for hours, often using tools while they are doing so. At Ford, according to Ekso, workers in repetitive overhead tasks raise their arms an average of 4,600 times per day or a million times a year.

The wear-and-tear on shoulders is dramatic.  Workers in repetitive lifting jobs frequently have shoulder injury and chronic pain. About 13.6 percent of all workplace injuries are shoulder injuries, according to a study by the National Council on Compensation Insurance (NCCI). Shoulder injuries cause a median number of 24 days off work, the greatest number for any body part. Along with this, the incidence of chronic pain is 41 percent, commonly in the 45- to 64-year-old age group. Construction and manufacturing workers often are forced to end their careers early because of pain and injury.

For employers, these statistics are daunting. A NCCI study that looked at 4.2 million workman’s compensation claims from 1996 to 2000, showed that shoulder injuries were the most costly.

Enter the EksoVest. The 9.5 pound vest can be strapped on in seconds like a jacket. It is a wearable robot, that works to support the weight of the worker’s arms, putting less strain on their shoulders. The vest provides 5 to 15 pounds of lift assistance per arm, noticeably supporting overhead tasks.

According to Ekso, “By reducing the strain on a workers body, he/she not only feels better at the end of every day, it also reduces the likelihood that the worker will sustain injury. Jobs get completed to a higher level of quality, in a shorter amount of time, increasing both productivity and morale.”

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Conway, AR 72032

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