The Salina Journal from Salina, Kansas on October 14, 1996 · Page 23
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The Salina Journal from Salina, Kansas · Page 23

Salina, Kansas
Issue Date:
Monday, October 14, 1996
Page 23
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TO •• CAfe CAfeE V'MONDAY, OCTOBER 14,1996 ADVERTISING SUPPLEMENT TO THE SALINA JOURNAL Test Your Driving LQ. Is it safe to say you know a lot about driving safety? Talcing this little test from the American Automobile Manufacturers Association and its members, Chrysler, Ford and General Motors, can help you tell. 1. If you car has air bags, you don't have to wear your safety belt. (a) True. . (b) False. 2. In cars with passenger-side air bags, the best place for a child safety seat is in the front passenger seat. (a) True. (b) False. 3. If your car has anti-lock brakes, the best thing to do if it's raining and you skid is to: (a) pump the brakes. (b) keep your foot firmly on the brake, even though the pedal may vibrate. (c) only hit the brakes once, then let the anti-lock brakes take over. 4. At 40 miles an hour the average minimum distance to keep between your car and the one in front of you is: (a) two car lengths. (b) three car lengths. (c) four car lengths. Answers 1. (b)False. Air bags are meant to supplement the protection provided by safety belts and then only in moderate to severe frontal or near-frontal collisions. Safety belts help keep occupants in the car—ejection is the major cause of fatalities in car accidents—and reduce the severity of contact with the vehicle's interior and oth- er occupants. 2. (b) False. Both the car owner's manual and the safety seat manual say it's always safer to put a child safety seat in the rear, regardless of whether the car has a passenger-side air bag. This is absolutely essential with a rear-facing infant seat. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, "Research on the effectiveness of child safety seats has found them to reduce fatal injury by 69 percent for infants and 47 percent for toddlers." The child should use the safety seat until he or she weighs between 40 and 65 pounds, depending on the type of seat purchased. 3. (b) Keep your foot firmly on the brake, even though the pedal may vibrate, and steer the car. This pulsation is normal for anti- lock brakes. They can provide Reduce Accident Risk With The Flip of a Switch "We've got a four-car pile up in the westbound lane of 1-24...and a personal injury accident on Second Avenue. Traffic is a monster today, folks, so drive within the speed limit, drive defensively, and turn on those headlights. They really help make your car more visible. This is your eye in the sky, over and out." That's excellent advice from someone in a unique position, a "Trafficopter Reporter." Daytime driving has taken on a new look just in time for those long, sunny summer days; headlights are not solely for night driving. During daylight hours, when an approaching car has its headlights on, drivers can view, first hand, the effectiveness of this idea. The lighted car is. easier to see than the vehicles around it. The lights help you distinguish the car from the highway and other surroundings. Finally, headlights help define the car's position on he Time Your Car's Checkup! the road and therefore its distance from you. Recently, daytime running lamps (DRL) have gotten lots of publicity. Statistics reveal that this safety feature can substantially reduce the risk of daytime accidents. But the good news doesn't end there. Every motorist, even owners of older models, can take advantage of this information by simply flipping a switch; the headlight switch. Daytime running lamps have been used for a number of years in other countries and results, in terms of accident reduction, are exciting. In Sweden, for example, there was a 23% decrease in multiple-vehicle craches. A 1990 study in Canada revealed a 28% reduction in crashes involving cars approaching from front or side angles. No wonder some insurance companies offer rate reduction of DRL-equipped cars. While daytime running lamps al• Engine Rebuilds • Transmission Repair »Valve Work »Tune-Ups «Brakes ' A/C Repair ^Uto Body Repair Painting Repairing ready are standard equipment on some U.S. cars, drivers of cars without JDRL's needn't worry. Some companies offer retrofit kits for older models. Or motorists can make themselves more visible the old fashioned way; they can turn on their headlights during daylight hours. Be aware that daytime lighting will demand more from a car's lighting system than before. This means frequent checks for burned out sealed beam units is essential. According to recent statistics from National Car Care Month check lanes, 20% of vehicles had one or more inoperative lights. Also, once you've formed the habit of turning on your lights during daytime driving, be sure to get in the habit of turning them off. For safety's sake, carry a good .pair of jumper cables because leaving your lights on with the engine shut off is a good way to run down, the battery. Wrecker Service Available 8275901 400 N, 5th Dennis Scoville-Owner shorter controlled stopping distances on slippery roads than most drivers can achieve without them. 4. (c) Four car lengths. The adequate space between you and the car in front should be one car length for each ten miles per hour. Allow longer following distance on slick roads or in bad weather. Keep these answers in mind and you'll be better able to keep yourself and your car on the road to safety. Radiator Flush Includes uf> to 2 gallon antifreeze 825-0844 1622 East Iron, Salina YES, WE'VE MOVED LARRY'S TRANSMISSION REPAIR has moved to... J23JSARNE \ 1 p|ock West of Paylegs Qashways I LOOK FOR US AT OUR NEW LOCATION Because we believe you can't get any better service. HOURS: Bring all your ion.-Fri.8-6 transmission sat. 8-12 needs to us JLARRY ZRUBEK Owner 823-6506

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