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Making Minor Car Repairs Can Save You In the Long Run

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There’s a minor car repair needed on your car, but it doesn’t interfere with driving, and seems more of a nuisance to fix than the time and cost involved. So you keep putting it off.

minor car repairSound familiar?

Maybe you’ve got a brake light out. One of the lights that illuminate your license place is burnt out. Or a turn signal works intermittently. So when it’s not working, you roll down your window and use hand signals when you’re making a turn. If you haven’t been that driver, you’ve probably seen someone on the road needing a minor car repair like this.

If Your Vehicle Isn’t Working Properly…

These kinds of minor car repairs are easy to fix and usually don’t cost a lot of money. But if you ignore the problem, it can cost you a lot more than you think. The Central Iowa Traffic Safety Task Force, Governor’s Traffic Safety Bureau, and Polk County law enforcement teams regularly organize extra patrols to enforce the law.  Something as simple as a broken taillight could turn into a hefty fine if stopped.

If you have one of those nagging car repairs you keep putting off, you might avoid detection for a while, but there’s always the chance that an officer might roll up behind you or spot you making a turn and discover a problem with your vehicle that you can be cited for. The more likely scenario is that you get pulled over for speeding, but instead of just getting a ticket for going over the speed limit, the fine gets a lot bigger for the broken tail light or faulty turn signal. It’s not a situation you want to find yourself in.

Increased Patrols Improve Public Safety

The periodic increase in patrols is an excellent public safety effort by law enforcement officers. It’s a great reminder to drive the speed limit, avoid texting while driving, and follow the rules of the road, which includes keeping your car in working order.

If you’ve got one of those minor problems that can be considered a violation, don’t wait for a citation to fix it. Bring your car in, or schedule an appointment through our Web site, and we’ll get you back on the road as soon as possible.

Safe Driving Tips for Halloween

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In just a few short days, ghouls, goblins, and ghosts will roam the streets after dark to trick-or-treat on Halloween night. If you’ve got to make a trip the store for more candy, or drive your car for some other reason, there are a few things to keep in mind before you get behind the wheel on a night like this.

safe driving downtown des moines iowa1. Check your brakes. If your brakes squeal or you experience a lot of vibration when slowing down, your brakes may need to be replaced. And waiting until Halloween night isn’t a good idea. If you need to drive your car when trick-or-treaters are out and about, you need to be sure you can brake quickly and safely just in case a costumed-creature runs out in front of you.

2. Refill wiper fluid. If your windshield is dirty, it’s going to be harder to see what’s in front of you, especially if you’re staring into the glare of a streetlight, oncoming car, or the glowing flashlight of a trick-or-treater. Wash your windshield and top off your wiper fluid reservoir. And if your wipers don’t clear your windshield well during rain, take care of those now before you’re on the road Halloween night.

3. Check your vehicle lights. Headlights, brake lights, and turn signals. Have someone help you make sure all the lights on your vehicle are working properly. If you plan to drive at dusk or just after dark on Halloween night, properly working vehicle lights will make things safer for you and trick-or-treaters.

4. Watch for pedestrians. In many neighborhoods, there isn’t a lot of pedestrian traffic after dark. But an estimated 97 percent of all children in the United States are expected to trick-or-treat on Halloween night. You’ll want to pay particular attention to parked cars and curbs where little trick-or-treaters could be hiding. And stop at all corners and intersections to make sure it’s clear to go. With all the excitement of filling their bags with candy, kids don’t always follow the look-both-ways rule on Halloween night.

5. If you’re out-trick-or treating…If you don’t have plans to drive anywhere on Halloween night, maybe you’ll be escorting trick-or-treaters through your neighborhood. If that’s the case, make sure everyone wears reflective clothing along with their costume. Carry a flashlight. Use the sidewalk and walk in lighted areas whenever possible.

If you’ll be driving your car on Halloween night, it doesn’t have to be scary. Just make sure your car is working properly, drive cautiously, and watch out for ghosts and goblins. Happy Halloween!