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5 Car Repair Safety Tips You May Not Know

5 Car Repair Safety Tips You May Not Know

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.

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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.

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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.

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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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Last Updated on December 2, 2018

How to Flow Your Way to a More Productive Life

How to Flow Your Way to a More Productive Life

Ebb and flow. Contraction and expansion. Highs and lows. It’s all about the cycles of life.

The entire course of our life follows this up and down pattern of more and then less. Our days flow this way, each following a pattern of more energy, then less energy, more creativity and periods of greater focus bookended by moments of low energy when we cringe at the thought of one more meeting, one more call, one more sentence.

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The key is in understanding how to use the cycles of ebb and flow to our advantage. The ability to harness these fluctuations, understand how they affect our productivity and mood and then apply that knowledge as a tool to improve our lives is a valuable strategy that few individuals or corporations have mastered.

Here are a few simple steps to start using this strategy today:

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Review Your Past Flow

Take just a few minutes to look back at how your days and weeks have been unfolding. What time of the day are you the most focused? Do you prefer to be more social at certain times of the day? Do you have difficulty concentrating after lunch or are you energized? Are there days when you can’t seem to sit still at your desk and others when you could work on the same project for hours?

Do you see a pattern starting to emerge? Eventually you will discover a sort of map or schedule that charts your individual productivity levels during a given day or week.  That’s the first step. You’ll use this information to plan your days going forward.

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Schedule According to Your Flow Pattern

Look at the types of things you do each day…each week. What can you move around so that it’s a better fit for you? Can you suggest to your team that you schedule meetings for late morning if you can’t stand to be social first thing? Can you schedule detailed project work or highly creative tasks, like writing or designing when you are best able to focus? How about making sales calls or client meetings on days when you are the most social and leaving billing or reports until another time when you are able to close your door and do repetitive tasks.

Keep in mind that everyone is different and some things are out of our control. Do what you can. You might be surprised at just how flexible clients and managers can be when they understand that improving your productivity will result in better outcomes for them.

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Account for Big Picture Fluctuations

Look at the bigger picture. Consider what happens during different months or times during the year. Think about what is going on in the other parts of your life. When is the best time for you to take on a new project, role or responsibility? Take into account other commitments that zap your energy. Do you have a sick parent, a spouse who travels all the time or young children who demand all of your available time and energy?

We all know people who ignore all of this advice and yet seem to prosper and achieve wonderful success anyway, but they are usually the exception, not the rule. For most of us, this habitual tendency to force our bodies and our brains into patterns of working that undermine our productivity result in achieving less than desired results and adding more stress to our already overburdened lives.

Why not follow the ebb and flow of your life instead of fighting against it?

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