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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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Reference

[1] Sawaya Law Firm: Breaking Cost Accident
[2] Do It Yourself: Disconnecting a Negative Battery Terminal
[3] East Side Fire Department: Flammable substance facts and tips
[4] Gruber Law: Automakers Still Selling Vehicles with Potentially Deadly Airbags
[5] TotalCarRemoval: Towing truck services near you
[6] Cash For Cars: Sell your vehicle

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Last Updated on March 13, 2019

How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

Have you gotten into a rut before? Or are you in a rut right now?

You know you’re in a rut when you run out of ideas and inspiration. I personally see a rut as a productivity vacuum. It might very well be a reason why you aren’t getting results. Even as you spend more time on your work, you can’t seem to get anything constructive done. While I’m normally productive, I get into occasional ruts (especially when I’ve been working back-to-back without rest). During those times, I can spend an entire day in front of the computer and get nothing done. It can be quite frustrating.

Over time, I have tried and found several methods that are helpful to pull me out of a rut. If you experience ruts too, whether as a working professional, a writer, a blogger, a student or other work, you will find these useful. Here are 12 of my personal tips to get out of ruts:

1. Work on the small tasks.

When you are in a rut, tackle it by starting small. Clear away your smaller tasks which have been piling up. Reply to your emails, organize your documents, declutter your work space, and reply to private messages.

Whenever I finish doing that, I generate a positive momentum which I bring forward to my work.

2. Take a break from your work desk.

Get yourself away from your desk and go take a walk. Go to the washroom, walk around the office, go out and get a snack.

Your mind is too bogged down and needs some airing. Sometimes I get new ideas right after I walk away from my computer.

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3. Upgrade yourself

Take the down time to upgrade yourself. Go to a seminar. Read up on new materials (#7). Pick up a new language. Or any of the 42 ways here to improve yourself.

The modern computer uses different typefaces because Steve Jobs dropped in on a calligraphy class back in college. How’s that for inspiration?

4. Talk to a friend.

Talk to someone and get your mind off work for a while.

Talk about anything, from casual chatting to a deep conversation about something you really care about. You will be surprised at how the short encounter can be rejuvenating in its own way.

5. Forget about trying to be perfect.

If you are in a rut, the last thing you want to do is step on your own toes with perfectionist tendencies.

Just start small. Do what you can, at your own pace. Let yourself make mistakes.

Soon, a little trickle of inspiration will come. And then it’ll build up with more trickles. Before you know it, you have a whole stream of ideas.

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6. Paint a vision to work towards.

If you are continuously getting in a rut with your work, maybe there’s no vision inspiring you to move forward.

Think about why you are doing this, and what you are doing it for. What is the end vision in mind?

Make it as vivid as possible. Make sure it’s a vision that inspires you and use that to trigger you to action.

7. Read a book (or blog).

The things we read are like food to our brain. If you are out of ideas, it’s time to feed your brain with great materials.

Here’s a list of 40 books you can start off with. Stock your browser with only the feeds of high quality blogs, such as Lifehack.org, DumbLittleMan, Seth Godin’s Blog, Tim Ferris’ Blog, Zen Habits or The Personal Excellence Blog.

Check out the best selling books; those are generally packed with great wisdom.

8. Have a quick nap.

If you are at home, take a quick nap for about 20-30 minutes. This clears up your mind and gives you a quick boost. Nothing quite like starting off on a fresh start after catching up on sleep.

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9. Remember why you are doing this.

Sometimes we lose sight of why we do what we do, and after a while we become jaded. A quick refresher on why you even started on this project will help.

What were you thinking when you thought of doing this? Retrace your thoughts back to that moment. Recall why you are doing this. Then reconnect with your muse.

10. Find some competition.

Nothing quite like healthy competition to spur us forward. If you are out of ideas, then check up on what people are doing in your space.

Colleagues at work, competitors in the industry, competitors’ products and websites, networking conventions.. you get the drill.

11. Go exercise.

Since you are not making headway at work, might as well spend the time shaping yourself up.

Sometimes we work so much that we neglect our health and fitness. Go jog, swim, cycle, whichever exercise you prefer.

As you improve your physical health, your mental health will improve, too. The different facets of ourselves are all interlinked.

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12. Take a good break.

Ruts are usually signs that you have been working too long and too hard. It’s time to get a break.

Beyond the quick tips above, arrange for a 1-day or 2-days of break from your work. Don’t check your (work) emails or do anything work-related. Relax and do your favorite activities. You will return to your work recharged and ready to start.

Contrary to popular belief, the world will not end from taking a break from your work. In fact, you will be much more ready to make an impact after proper rest. My best ideas and inspiration always hit me whenever I’m away from my work.

Take a look at this to learn the importance of rest: The Importance of Scheduling Downtime

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