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One of the most useful vehicles owned by fire departments nationwide doesn’t pump a gallon of water. Instead, the truck provides clean, breathable air to firefighters, an important commodity to someone charging into a searing building billowing with smoke.
“Firefighting is inherently dangerous and having a reliable supply of clean air allows us to perform in extremely hostile conditions,” said Capt. Ken Kuykendall of the Folsom Fire Department in California’s Central Valley.
Your family doesn’t need to wear parkas to stay warm in your vehicle this winter. The climate control system may simply need some minor adjustments before traveling for the upcoming holidays.
“There’s any number of reasons why a heater or defroster isn’t working. Sometimes they are simple fixes, other times they are indicative of larger problems,” said Steve Schaeber, manager of service training for the Mobile Air Conditioning Society.
Waxing isn’t just for muscle cars on display at auto shows. Laying down a protective layer over clean paint helps your vehicle weather the snow, rain and salty roads of winter.
“Winter always has the harshest elements on the paint itself,” said Mike Pennington, a product expert for Meguiar’s, a company specializing in car care products. “A thorough washing and waxing before winter is crucial for the preservation of your vehicle’s exterior. It’s not just a job for summer.”
School zones present special challenges for drivers of all ages, especially during the first few weeks of September.
“We want parents to make safety a top priority for their teens as they head back to school this fall,” said Ashley Sharaky, spokesperson for California’s Office of Traffic Safety. “Of course, these reminders apply not only to back-to-school season, but throughout the school year.”
Holiday driving provides plenty of challenges even for experienced drivers. Imagine how a flat tire could ruin your plans to celebrate Thanksgiving with family and friends.
“You should check your spare regularly because tires lose air pressure over time and the last thing you want is a flat spare when you really need it,” said Dan Zielinski, senior vice president of public affairs for the Rubber Manufacturers Association.
You wouldn't watch a movie through broken glasses, so why drive with a cracked windshield?
“Maintaining visibility is crucial for driving safety,” said Ron Fausnight, technology specialist at RainX.