Danger is everywhere. It can be at home, at work, at play, or even when repairing your own car. According to National Safety Council, the average economic cost per death, injury, or collision is $1.5 million,[1] and each have a story to tell. Car repair that is done at home is often done due to lack of trust with machine shops that are nearby, or with the consideration to save some money that would be spent on repairs.

It is not advisable to repair your car yourself, unless you have experience in mechanics, and already know all of the precautionary measures when repairing a car. So if you’re a newbie, the tips below are going to help you most. There are many common possible dangers an inexperienced person should watch out for if they insist on repairing their car themselves. Here are 5 tips to help you stay safe during a car repair.

1. Wear Proper Attire

Generally, it is best to be wearing suitable clothing before you start repairing your car. If you don’t have something that a proper mechanic has, then you might want to use old clothes that you don’t mind getting dirty with. Use a hair-tie and/or hat as well to keep stray hair tucked away. Take off your necktie if for some reason you are wearing one before you start the car repair. When wearing long-sleeved shirts, it is best to keep them buttoned because they can easily get caught, which can cause further problems. Most of the time, a pair of gloves is necessary, especially if you are dealing on electrical work. And, last but not least, wear goggles or safety glasses while performing any maintenance.

2. Deal with the Battery

Before working on serious repairs for your car, disconnect your negative battery terminal first.[2] A car battery’s voltage is enough to get a person electrocuted. In the event that you are working on the engine, electrical, or fuel lines, it is advisable to disconnect it from its cables.

3. Be Careful with Hot Surfaces

When you are repairing a car at home, consider this car repairing safety tip as an important one. Let the car cool down before touching anything that is inside of it. But if you really need to repair the car while on the road – say, in the middle of a long drive – you need to make sure that you avoid possible hot surfaces of the car interior. First, shut off the engine and let it cool down a little before starting the repair. Watch out for glowing red hot surfaces, especially in the car engine, which easily heats up even for a short distance of travel. Be extra careful, and be patient enough to let the car cool down.

4. Be Careful with Gasoline

Always remember that even a small amount of gasoline is highly flammable, and when it is exposed to sparks or small fire it can, under certain conditions, burst like a stick of dynamite.[3] That is why you should ALWAYS secure the gasoline tank or any containers that contain gasoline. Keep it in a place that is away from possible sparks while repairing the car.

5. Let the professional do what you can’t

It’s really not a bad idea, sometimes, to admit to ourselves that we cannot do anything more than what we already did. For serious repairs and concerns, faulty airbags,[4] or a complete overhaul, it’s best to leave it to the experts. Also, if you need to move your car, the safest option is to use a towing service[5] near the area.

Your life is more important – always remember that. So, in case your car is beyond repairable, there’s always the solution of selling your vehicle[6] rather than risking your life in whatever future accidents that may occur. Of course, saying goodbye to something that you have invested in is really hard, but occasionally you simply have to let go and start again.

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