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As the summer is almost ending, we would like to express our deep gratitude to the firefighters who had a very busy last few months, especially here in California as no less than 4,587 fires raged since January1.

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Last December, the Thomas fire clouded the sky as it burned more than 281,893 acres of land and destroyed 1,063 structures2. Countless families in the Santa Barbara and Ventura counties had to be evacuated and many lost their homes. It took an excruciating 7 weeks to contain with an estimated $2.2 billion of damages.

Thomas fire map - resqme blogThomas Fire information map from December 17, 2017

Nature only had a few weeks of rest as the Carr fire soon began to follow. As we are writing these lines, it was finally declared contained after 39 days and 8 fatalities. It destroyed 1,079 homes and reduced 229,651 acres to ashes in the Shasta and Trinity counties3. It also has the sad distinction of being officially recognized as the 7th most important fire in California’s history.

Our communities and environment have been shattered and it will be a long road to full recovery. But we must be aware that as devastating as it was, it could have been a lot worse without the incredible efforts of the firefighters and first responders. Firefighters from Oregon, New Mexico, Nevada, Utah, Washington and Arizona also joined forces with Californian firefighters to fight the flames. Some of these people lost their lives to allow us to continue ours.

From the bottom of our heart, to all the firefighters, first responders and volunteers who fought so bravely to protect our homes, community and forests, Thank you!

As a safety company, we care about your wellbeing and we have at heart to accompany you in emergency situations. As a reminder, here are the most important steps to follow when being under evacuation order in our blog article “Wildfires: how to evacuate”

The resqme, Inc. team

1 Source: http://cdfdata.fire.ca.gov/incidents/incidents_stats
2 Source: http://www.fire.ca.gov/current_incidents/incidentdetails/Index/1922
3 Source: https://www.sfgate.com/news/article/Carr-Fire-is-100-percent-contained-after-39-days-13195598.php
How to prevent the 10 most common car problems

Sooner or later, all car owners have to deal with problems with their vehicle and bring them to the shop for car diagnostics services. They may have the fanciest car brand or type, but car problems can happen to anyone. Some car problems are even more common than others. Thankfully, many of these common car problems can be prevented. Let’s take a look at some of these car problems and the things you can do to prevent them.

1. Battery problems

If your car doesn’t start, it’s possible that you are having problems with your battery. It could be faulty connectors, or it’s drained of power, or it could just be old. Car batteries, after all, are expected to last about five years.

There are a number of things you can do to prevent car battery problems. You need to keep it cool since heat drains it out, so if you can park in a cool or shaded spot, the better. If your car has a lot of electricity-hungry devices like DVD players, onboard computers, and whatnot, re-assess what your needs really are to cut down on car battery drain.

You may also need to increase your driving time, because short-distance driving can cause terminal and clamp connector failures. You also need to be aware of how old your car battery is so you can buy a new one long before it dies out.

2. Flat tires

Over time, driving regularly will eventually lead to flat tires because of lost air pressure. Some of us, however, get flat tires because of sharp objects on the road. While we cannot be completely aware what’s on the road especially at night, we can at least minimize the risk of sharp objects puncturing our tires by driving more carefully. We should also check our tires’ air pressure regularly to make sure they aren’t over-inflated or under-inflated. Also, never leave home without a spare tire.

+ Read our article about tire safety here.

3. Starter system trouble

When you turn the key in the ignition and all you hear is a click, then your starter has probably failed, although a dead battery could also be the reason. Poor maintenance, or wear and tear can trigger starting system troubles. Performing periodic checks on your starter motor’s main components can help prevent starter failure, as it would enable you to see if anything needs fixing or replacing.

4. Oil leaks

When you find dark stains on wherever you park your car, it’s possible that you have an oil leak. There might be a problem with your oil filter. It’s also possible that a missing or a misaligned plug is causing the problem. Changing your oil filter periodically can help prevent oil leaks. Bringing your car in for maintenance or a tune-up on a regular basis will also help.

5. Alternator issues

When you hear a rattling sound from the engine or experience electrical failure constantly, you might have a problem with your alternator, which keeps the battery charged. To avoid breaking down in the middle of the road because of alternator problems, you have to keep track of your alternator’s age, because the older this component gets, the more likely it is to break down. Knowing how old your alternator is can help you prepare to replace it before it gives you a major problem.

6. Radiator leak

Car AC problems? Then you might be leaking coolant, and that is going to cause much bigger problems than not having cooled air inside your car. When your radiator is leaking, your engine can overheat, and you know what happens after that.

You need to check and make sure that all connectors of your car are right where they should be, and if something’s damage, replace it straight away. Flushing out coolant and replacing it regularly should also serve you well.

7. Spark plug fail

Wear and tear will take its toll on spark plugs. When a spark plug fails, you can expect your car to run at much lower speeds, which you don’t want to happen because it means higher fuel consumption.

Spark plugs have a short shelf life, and they need to be replaced every five to ten months.

8. Fuel Issues

Believe it or not, many people make the mistake of pumping the wrong type of fuel into their cars, which could lead to problems down the road. It’s also common for many drivers to let their vehicle run on empty, which can take a serious toll.

These fuel issues are entirely preventable. Just have enough presence of mind to see which button on the pump releases which type of fuel so you won’t get it wrong. And once the “low fuel” indicator lights up, fill the tank immediately. You wouldn’t want a low tank to cause condensation and cause fuel ignition problems.

9. Squeaky windshield wipers

There’s nothing more annoying as the piecing shriek of squeaky windshield wiper blades. To spare yourself from this very common car problem, always keep the blades clean and free of buildup. Wiping the blades with a wet paper towel with a small amount of rubbing alcohol or hot, soapy water should be enough to do the job. You will also need to clean the windshield using an ammonia-free glass cleaner and wipe it down with a soft, lint-free cloth.

10. Stinky interior

Admittedly, this is more of a car owner problem than a car problem, but cars with funky-smelling interiors are a common car issue. If you’re not in the habit of cleaning the inside of your car, don’t be surprised if your passengers crinkle their noses at the mildew-y smell. And car fresheners can only do so much. Actually, they do nothing but mask the smell.

Aside from the obvious solution of cleaning the interior consistently, you can also prevent your car interior from becoming a stink gallery by sprinkling the seats and floor with baking soda. Just let it sit there for a few hours, then vacuum it all up.

You know what they say about what an ounce of prevention can do, so do whatever is necessary to prevent—or at the very least delay—the onset of car problems, and you’ll be the better for it.

How to travel with your dog

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America’s love for dogs is getting stronger and stronger. In 2017, there were 89.7 million dogs living in household as pets. Our furry companions make life more joyful. Now that summer is approaching it is time to plan your next road trip with your best friend! With a little bit of planning, patience and a lot of love, your vacation will go smoothly!

Before leaving

  • Check with the vet. Since he knows Fido good enough and holds his medical record, he’s the best person to talk to about your plans. You can also consider purchasing an identification microchip for your pet before a road trip. These chips are embedded beneath your dog or cat’s skin and provide your contact information. If Fido does run off, the chances of getting him back will be higher. While you’re at the vet, it is also a good idea to get a record of any vaccinations your pet has received, and any medication that might be needed for the trip.
  • Get the right equipment. The two best ways to travel with your pet inside of your car are with harnesses and crates. Check out this list of top performing harness for your dog here.
  • Few weeks before the big trip, start taking your pet on short car rides. This way, you can try out your travel equipment and see how great your dog is doing in a moving car.
  • Plan wisely your itinerary by looking for dog-friendly-stops. You can use com, a road trip planner that will list all of the dog-friendly hotels, campgrounds, restaurant, activities and more. They also list beaches and off-leashes parks, veterinarians and pet supply stores. Just to give you an idea, experts suggest stopping every two hours to let your pet walk around and relieve itself. Best way to prevent pet accidents and discomfort!
  • Pack his belongings! Collar, leash, food, water, bowls, medications, blankets and pillows. Everything to make him feel safe.

+ If you were looking for a pet-friendly new ride, check out the best cars for dogs.

Why is it important to restrain your dog in the car

Unrestrained pets can become missiles, injuring you or your passengers. An 80-pound pet colliding with your seat at 30 mph exerts 2,400 pounds of force. Unrestrained pets can also be ejected into traffic, endangering themselves and other motorists.

On the road

  • Some dogs get very excited to be in the car. You know, the jowls and ears flapping in the breeze kind of happiness. Right before hitting the road, take him on a nice walk to relax him.
  • Make him feel comfortable and safe. To do so, make sure that his harness is tighten and fits properly.
  • Act like usual. Do not use the sad nor apological voice. Stay positive and calm.
  • Turn off power windows!
  • Try to stop ~ every 2 hours. When stopping, always keep an eye on him and never leave him unattended inside of your car. Many dogs die each year because of heatstroke. More and more places are making it illegal to leave a pet in a hot car. If you leave your pet inside you might come back to a car with a broken window, no pet, and a police officer with handcuffs waiting for you!
  • Give him snacks that are high in proteins.

Enjoy your trip 🐶

Meet our team: Patricia

A German in New York

We are thrilled to introduce Patricia, our international sales manager. Originally from Germany, she moved to New York ten years ago. “I got a scholarship for track and field. The university recruited me for running.” Because spots are in her DNA: “I started running when I was 18.” She was a semi-professional in Germany there and this tells a lot about her personality. She’s very energetic, and a funny person. Which is valuable when you work in sales because a good energy is key to a good communication and building trust: “I have developed great relationships with some of our customers.” Yes. you’ll often hear her talking about soccer games with some of them.

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Patricia running on the Bridge of Spies that connects East with West Germany, Potsdam, Germany.

Creating opportunities

Within the past two years, Patricia has opened many doors. “I moved from NYC to Santa Barbara two years ago to work at resqme. Inc. My work is about maintaining our current business relationships with our existing customers and creating new business opportunities.” To do so, she’s often at tradeshows and makes cold calls on an everyday basis. Moving here also brought a new hobby to her life. She started training for Triathlons, which involves swimming, cycling, and running over various distances. “Mens sana in corpore sano” – “A healthy mind in a healthy body”, is her motto. “Triathlon helped me developed my skills and my awareness. It is tough. You have to deal with obstacles” she says. This meaningful relationship with sports brought more than a routine to her life. “During a race, you do not stop because it hurts. You keep going.” Just like you would do in life! She says that being able to set up goals, focus on them and get there has “so much in common with my job too.”

She bikes to work everyday

She bikes to work every day

A product you can trust

What is it like to work for resqme, Inc.? Celebrating two years in the company, Patricia has become an ambassador for the product she believes in. Our car escape tool, the resqme, is carried by more than 4 million drivers worldwide: “the resqme car escape tool saves lives, we save lives with this product, it’s a gracious and amazing circle. The trust that people put into us is so rewarding. I feel that we have a life deal with everyone we sell the tool to.”

At resqme, we are building a community of people who care for each other.

At resqme, Inc., we like to say that we are more than just a company. It is also true with the people who buy our tools, who are more than just customers. We are all building a community of people who care for each other. This enthusiasm for our line of safety products also brings some challenges: “Because the product is so great, we are getting more and more interest and every customer is a priority in its own way.” As she focuses on the Business 2 Business relationships, Patricia also sees an increase of requests from promotional agencies or through bids. “With an imprint on it, the resqme is the right tool to promote safety values! We had orders from the NASA or UNICEF, it is so rewarding to see these big companies or agencies putting their logo on our tools!”

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Ready, set, go!

A worldwide future  

What’s next for Pat? The opening of resqme Europe, located in France is something she’s looking forward to: “I’m very excited for the opening of our European sister company because it will make it so much easier for our European customers to get our tools!” She’s also looking forward to get there to meet our German partners. “Europe is very central, on a spatial and political scale. We have our part to play to increase everyone’s everyday safety there!” On a personal side, she is training for the Ironman Italy, trying to qualify for the World championship in Kona: “It takes most of my time!” When we look at the 140.6-mile journey that presents the ultimate test of body, mind and spirit, we understand why!

+ Patricia was recently interviewed on a local Santa Barbara TV channel. Watch her demonstrate our tool and go more in details about the mental relationship between sport and life in this video.

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Thank you, Life Savers!

We exhibited at the Lifesavers Conference in San Antonio, Texas. The annual Lifesavers National Conference on Highway Safety Priorities is the largest gathering of highway safety professionals in the United States. It brings together a unique combination of public health and safety professionals, researchers, advocates, practitioners and students committed to sharing best practices, research, and policy initiatives that are proven to work.

We had a great time sharing stories, tips and experiences with everyone visiting. Safety behind the wheel is our priority and resqme, Inc. is committed to make the road safer. Together, we can save more lives!

Special thanks to our partners at KidsAndCars, a non-profit organization formed to protect children in and around motor vehicles. You can donate to then when buying a Kids & Cars resqme car escape tool here.

 

Driving is a very sensitive skill that should always be done with extreme keenness. It is estimated that about 1.3 million people lose their lives every year due to car accidents. That is a whooping 3200 deaths every single day. Absent-minded driving aka distracted driving pose a deadly impact to passengers and pedestrians alike. With more and more people texting while driving, its no wonder car accidents are on the rise.

Moreover, the number of pedestrians killed has increased over the past few years. Research shows that a pedestrian gets injured every 7.5 minutes and 1 pedestrian dies every 1.6 hours. Distracted driving results in more car accidents.

Keep your phone off as you drive

Car fatalities from the use of smartphones have increased by 47% since 2010. Additionally, smart phone use has been responsible for a 40% increase in injuries. You should minimize your phone usage to the answering important calls only.

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Do not drive under influence of alcohol

Alcohol causes hallucinations and poor judgement. Drivers under the influence of alcohol are prone to distraction hence causing fatalities.

Focus while driving

Most people drive subconsciously. However, driving should be an active process and should involve all the senses.

Attend driving lessons

Every person aspiring to drive should attend a driving lesson to ensure that they are competent enough and can confidently drive on the roads.

Limit the number of your passengers

As a driver, you should ensure that you only carry the recommended number of passengers. Novice drivers should however not be allowed to carry a large number of passengers or goods. Besides, teenage passengers are very distractive hence teenage drives should be more careful if they carry fellow teenagers.

Eat before or after driving

Do not eat as you drive. Though eating while walking or driving may appear to be a time saving mechanism, it does not help in preventing distractions.

The overall effort in preventing distractions on the road is to ensure that both you and your passengers are safe. Multitasking is not always possible for everyone. This therefore means that distracted drivers will often shift their attention intermittently. Road carnages are a detriment that should be eliminated by every individual. Besides, if you have any question or wish to report an issue, contact a car accident attorney. Failing to focus while driving and getting distracted is the lead cause of road crashes.

Get the full infographic here. —–

Christian Denmon

 

 

 

Aaron Simon, the Donor communications officer at United Hatzalah recently sent us a rescue story. This non-profit medical service organization is doing an amazing work at providing the fastest medical first response in Israel.

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United Hatzalah’s Volunteers on duty

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The resqme tool is attached to the volunteer’s keychain

“Four cars were involved in a horrible collision, with one of the cars smashed into a wall. United Hatzalah EMT Ariel Giat arrived on scene and quickly searched the vehicles for victims, miraculously most of the victims’ injuries were not life-threatening. He then approached the car that had slammed into the wall. One side was heavily damaged and the doors were jammed shut, while on the other side, the doors were blocked by the wall. Ariel saw three young girls trapped inside!
He used your resqme tool to break a window and extricate the three young children. They were quite shocked from the crash and hysterical from being trapped inside. Once Ariel freed them, the experienced medic reassured them as he assessed their injuries. They had sustained suspected spinal injuries, multiple lacerations and contusions in the crash. The United Hatzalah EMT immobilized the victims and bandaged their wounds, calming them as he worked. He then helped transfer all of the victims into ambulances. Your resqme car escape tool enabled Ariel to rescue the children from the car accident. Thank you, resqme!”
About United Hatzalah
United Hatzalah of Israel is the largest independent, non-profit, fully volunteer Emergency Medical Service organization that provides the fastest and free emergency medical first response throughout Israel. United Hatzalah’s service is available to all people regardless of race, religion, or national origin. United Hatzalah has more than 3,500 volunteers around the country, available around the clock – 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year. With the help of their unique GPS technology and their iconic ambucycles, their average response time is less than 3 minutes across the country and 90 seconds in metropolitan areas. Their mission is to arrive at the scene of medical emergencies as soon as possible and provide the patient with professional and appropriate medical aid until an ambulance arrives, resulting in many more lives saved.
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Behind the Wheel at Work

April is Distracted Driving Awareness Month. It’s the right time to take a closer look at this prevalent problem and dangerous behavior that claimed 3,477 lives in 2015 alone. Millions of workers drive or ride in a motor vehicle as part of their jobs. Knowing that motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of work-related deaths in the U.S, the risk is there.

About Distracted Driving

Distracted driving is any activity that diverts attention from driving, including talking or texting on your phone, eating and drinking, talking to people in your vehicle, fiddling with the stereo, entertainment or navigation system—anything that takes your attention away from the task of safe driving. Many distractions exist while driving, but cell phones are a top distraction. Texting is the most alarming one: sending or reading a text takes your eyes off the road for 5 seconds.

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At 55 mph, that’s like driving the length of an entire football field with your eyes closed. Holding a phone in your hands while driving is illegal in many states. Even if other distractions such as eating, putting make-up on, and having a dog sitting in your lap are not illegal, it doesn’t mean that you should still do it.

More info: https://www.nhtsa.gov/risky-driving/distracted-driving

 

Keeping workers safe on the road

Distracted driving is a growing risk to workplace safety but both employer and employees can tremendously change the tendency with few easy steps. Companies that have a policy that prohibits any use of the smartphone while the vehicle is in motion (and actively enforce the policy) have seen drops in crash rates in excess of 50%.

Efficient steps for the employer

  • Face and address the issue. 400.000 people are injured every year because they were not paying attention to the road. Addressing it gives you an opportunity to establish and enact best practices and be a leader in the community.
  • Require workers to pull over in a safe location if they must text, make a call, or look up directions.
  • Use health and safety promotion programs to get road safety information to all employees and their families to improve their road safety on and off the job.
  • Partner with local and state governments and safety advocacy groups that will help you identify regional safety problems, select solutions, and create real change. You can also organize speeches and conference in the work place with professionals.
  • Choose fleet vehicles with advanced safety features like automatic emergency braking. It raises the level of safety for everyone on the road.

The example of Tulsa

While no state has a law prohibiting all cell phone use while driving, employers are putting policies in place banning the use of handheld and hands-free devices. See how the city of Tulsa implemented a total-ban cell phone policy for employees.

Simple steps for the employee

  • Take your time driving. The entire object is to keep yourself and your passengers safe on the road.
  • Store loose gear, possessions and other distractions that could roll around in the car, so you do not feel tempted to reach for them on the floor or the seat.
  • Secure children and pets before getting underway. If they need your attention, pull off the road safely to care for them. Reaching into the backseat can cause you to lose control of the vehicle.
  • Do not manipulate your smartphone while driving your vehicle. If the device is used for music or navigation, it should be programmed before the drive commences. Activate the “Driving mode” on your phone if available.
  • Do your multi-tasking outside the car.
  • Limit the level of activity inside the car.

How to prevent drowsy driving

Driver fatigue, which may be a result of insufficient sleep, long distances traveled to well sites, and long work shifts, is a factor in some of these crashes. In addition to the loss of life, the average on-the-job fatal crash is estimated to cost employers $671,000. Legal settlements can be even more costly.

  • Implement a fatigue management policy and program, and integrate it into your existing health and safety management system.
  • Limit the number of hours employees may work and drive per day or trip segment.
  • Provide a rested driver to transport workers from remote sites after extended shifts.
  • Practice open communication, and check in regularly with drivers to create a culture of caring.
  • Make sure workers have an opportunity for sufficient sleep.
  • Educate workers about how alcohol and drugs impair driving, and the possible side effects of prescription and over-the-counter medications.
  • Consider using technologies to detect fatigue before driving (such as actigraphs that monitor rest/ activity cycles) and while driving (such as lane departure warning systems). The alertme drowsy driver device is a great safety tool for any driver as it helps prevent accidents caused by falling asleep behind the wheel.

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Meet our team: France

Meet our team! A true French girl, France was born in Vichy, France. At the age of 21, she decides to travel to perfect her English. Boston, New-York… so many dreamy destinations she got to see. She eventually set her mind on the sunny town of Santa Barbara, California. “It was a life call to me. This town is so peaceful and you feel safe and happy there.” With almost 300 sunny days per year, we understand why. And it goes without saying that her beloved grandmother used to watch a TV series named Santa Barbara. “A lot of French people know about Santa Barbara thanks to this show”, she laughs. After this American adventure, she went back to France to get her international business certification before settling down for good in Santa Barbara, where she got a diploma in Business and Marketing.

Her journey at resqme started 7 years ago, over a cup of tea with Laurent Colasse, the president of the company. “Back then, we were only three people working: Enrick, Cesar in the warehouse and Laurent. I started as Enrick’s assistant and quickly became the sales manager of the company.” She is now in a new position as the supply chain manager. “I am the physical link between the sales team and the clients. I make sure that everything goes well and smoothly, by informing, explaining and assisting the clients. I explain the prices, why it takes that much time, which packaging would suit the best their needs, and more.” This sense of responsibility suits her well. Seeing the company evolving is an everyday motivation for her: “We started with three employees and we’re now sixteen- with a real boost over these last two years. Being a part of the growth of the company is really stimulating.” Very sensitive to the graphic environment, she enjoys seeing the website and product packaging evolve and become modern.

Among many current projects, she’s excited about the opening of a new warehouse in Ventura, California and the launch of resqme Europe in France. “The new structure will allow a faster and better service to the European customers by providing shorter shipping times, as well as increasing inventory and product availability and avoiding custom duties. This is really exciting!”

Any challenges? “Of course, and this is also what makes everything that interesting. At resqme, we all come from very different places and have different cultures. Success is making it all work together. Luckily, we all get along very nicely here.” And to give her the extra boost during days spent behind the computer screen, France can count on her best frenemy, Mister Chocolate!

Saying your tires are crucial to the safety and performance of your vehicle is likely one of the understatements of the year. To ensure the four tires on your car stay in great shape, they must be regularly checked and maintained.

Tire-Defects

With this in mind, here are four tips to help keep your tires as safe as possible and performing at their peak:

  1. Perform Regular Rotations

Tire rotation is a lot like exercising — it’s something we know we should be doing, but don’t always set enough time. But just like being fit might help us live longer, performing regular tire rotations can extend the life of your tires and vehicle. In general, tires should be rotated every 5,000 to 8,000 miles — and failure to do so can cut the life of your tires in half.

Additionally, most tire manufacturers will not honor warranties if the tires aren’t regularly rotated on schedule. Getting your tires rotated isn’t overly expensive, and some installers will do it for free if you purchased the tires directly from them. But no matter how much you wind up spending, this small investment will come back many times over in the form of extended tire life and vehicle safety.

  1. Ensure Proper Balancing and Alignment

If you notice one or more of your tires are wearing unevenly, it might be time to have all four balanced and the wheels aligned. According to Exchange.AAA, properly balanced tires last longer, vibrate less and make for a quieter ride. Tires should be balanced when they’re first installed and when a puncture is being fixed. When you purchase new tires, spring for the additional wheel alignment to ensure the tires wear evenly. Then, once you’re on the road, listen for any odd vibrations in the tires; if you hear anything, bring your vehicle in to have the tires rebalanced.

  1. Check the Air Pressure

To optimize vehicle control, get the best fuel mileage possible and help your tires last as long as possible, they must be properly pressurized. As Tread Wisely notes, be sure to check the air pressure when the tires are cool. You can find the manufacturer’s recommended air pressure located on a sticker inside your car’s door jamb or in the owner’s manual.

Make sure to follow these steps: Remove the valve cap, take a tire gauge and press down on the valve stem of each tire; if the reading is too high, push on the metal stem in the middle of the valve with the tip of a pen to release air. If the reading is too low, immediately add air and then recheck the reading until it’s at the correct level.

  1. Examine the Treads

Every time you drive, the tread on your tires gradually wears down. Over time, tires can become bald, which increases the chances of it going flat or you being in an accident. To ensure your tires have plenty of life left in them, examine your treads regularly and have a penny or quarter handy.

Brand new tires have a tread depth of around 10/32nds of an inch, which is about 1/3 of an inch. Once the tread wears down to 2/32nds of an inch, your tires are considered legally worn out. To check the depth of your treads, insert a penny into the tire grooves with Abe Lincoln’s head facing down. If you can see the top of Honest Abe’s head, the tires are at 2/32nds of an inch or less, meaning you should buy new tires right away.

If you do the same trick with a quarter, using George Washington’s noggin as a guide, you can see if your tires have 4/32nds of an inch or more left. This may be the more prudent approach, as you will know when your tires are “almost” worn out as opposed to totally bald and dangerous.

Read more about tire treads here.

Regular maintenance prevents big time tire problems

Proper tire maintenance doesn’t have to be time-consuming. In fact, simply checking all four tires on a regular basis will only take a few minutes, and scheduling regular rotations and checking the air pressures should also be a quick process. By following these easy and important tips — and making tire safety a priority — your tires will last longer and keep you safe on the road.

 

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As we move into the future, electric cars are known for being impressed basically to do away with the gasoline propelled engines. Interesting fact, when we look back into history, electric cars were much more popular in the late 19th century and early 20th century but there came the advanced combustion engines and production of cheap gasoline to propel them and everyone shifted to the combustion engine cars, which also had electric starters.

Re-emergence of electric cars

From the year 2008 more effort and focus has been put into manufacturing of electric cars by manufacturing companies. This has been greatly propelled by the advancement in batteries, the great desire to reduce greenhouse gas emissions which cause global warming and also the concern of the increase in prices of oil.

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Electric cars a much quieter than the gasoline engines with no emissions. As much as they have this advantages they can take really long to charge and the battery costs are much higher and also have limit range. The rise in popularity of electric vehicles has led to a new phenomenon — range anxiety. There an electric car driver will suffer greatly from range anxiety where the driver is worried that the battery will surely deplete on the way before they reach their desired destination.

Electric car batteries

Electric cars are relatively costly compared to combustion engine propelled vehicles. This is mainly due to the high cost of battery packs but statistics show that the prices are reducing by about 8% p.a. due to their high production. According to study shown in 2016, it is reported that battery car cost dropped from $1300 kWh kilowatt hour in 2007 to about $145 kWh kilowatt hour in 2016.

Range of electric cars: how far can an electric car go?

Well, it depends. Day in day out manufacturers are struggling with engineering troubles and problems when it comes to how far a fully charged electric car can take me as a driver in a single full charge. According to the Bureau of Transportation, an average driver commuting per day will cover less than 40 miles.

With many drivers shying away from acquiring this very environmentally friendly plug-in model cars, many manufacturers are asking why but hey the answer lies in the driving range, how long can a fully charged battery take me?

Car range will vary between electric vehicles, that depends mainly on the size of the battery, if the car is fully powered and also the condition of the road you’re using. An example of an EV (electric vehicle) is the Nissan leaf made in Japan by Nissan automakers which actually provide a driving range of about 80 miles which is quite a limit for drivers. But this was eventually countered by the Tesla motors which offered a range of 200-mile electric car, which pushed the Nissan manufacturers to engage in building a battery with a larger battery that managed 107-mile range. Recently, Tesla has added a new battery option to its menu that offers an range of 335 miles on a full charge. This makes it the longest-range consumer electric vehicle in the world.

Other smaller Electric vehicles like the G-Wiz and the new Renault Twizy was known as quadricycles and meant for urban driving. These vehicles have smaller batteries and their range measure much lower with the G-wiz managing a range of 48 miles on a full charge and the Twizy stands at a range of about 60 miles.

Other aspects that affect the range

Drive reasonably. If you want to get far then you have to keep a watch on how you are driving. Aggressive driving significantly reduces the range, so when driving don’t be too hard on the brake and throttle. I would advise you follow the traffic flow and drive without aggressive braking and gentle deceleration will improve the range as the energy is usually recaptured.

The weather also plays a part in affecting your range. During very cold weather or intensely hot weather, the battery performance degrades which will significantly reduce the range. Traditional batteries for internal combustion engine cars also reduces its capacity, so they need to be checked in cold weather. Batteries perform best with temperatures between 20-40 degrees centigrade, this has led to some electric vehicle being built able to regulate temperatures. Using air conditioners during hot weather to warm the interior or using it during cold weather to raise the temperatures will surely drain the battery power and likewise cut the range really low.

Use the right tires! Did you know that wider tires can put a drag on efficiency? More tread in contact with the ground means greater friction. If you were racing, you’d love that friction, but when you’re looking for maximum range, you want narrower tires and ideally ones made from an efficient compound.

Distance between electric car charging stations

Three converted Prius Plug-In Hybrids charging at San Francisco City Hall

Three converted Prius Plug-In Hybrids charging at San Francisco City Hall

As electric cars ownership increases all around the world, public and accessible electric charging stations are very much needed. They are more convenient if they support fast charging and at high voltages than those available at the residential charging points. Many EV charging stations are being put up by electric companies on streets or at retail shopping centers operated mainly by private people or companies. A charging station will mainly be located in various areas and these are often:

  • Residential area– this is a station owned by the resident where he/she can easily charge the car overnight. It is a home charging station and usually for a specific user. Portable chargers can also be mounted on the walls as charging stations. Get your own at-home charging station on Amazon or on Home Depot!
  • Parking charging stations– these enable you to charge your vehicle while parking, usually in commercial ventures which are offered in the sole partnership with the owner of the parking lot. These charging stations may be low speed or high speed.
  • Fast charging public stations– with charging power of 40kw above and enabling one to achieve a range of over 100 km in just 10 to about 30 minutes. These charging stations will enable long distance traveling by increasing the range of the electric vehicle. Also, may be located in metropolitan areas for fast charging by the commuters.

You can locate the closest charging station using the PlugShare map or the chargeHub one. The filters will inform you about the location, availability, the types of plugs, networks, if they are privately held and much more.

Ann Williams

Driving in any season is risky, but driving in winter weather can be downright treacherous, especially if you have a job that requires traveling in all road conditions. Before you get behind the wheel, take time to prepare. Follow these life-saving tips to keep your winter commutes as safe as possible.

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Winterize your vehicle.

Schedule a tune-up with your mechanic to check for any leaks, worn hoses, and any other parts that need repairing or replaced. Ask about recalls, and do a little research yourself by visiting the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s current list of recalls. If anything on your vehicle has been recalled, have it replaced immediately or as soon as possible.

Specifically, make sure these are maintained or replaced if needed:

  • Car battery – tighten cable connections, check voltage, amps and reserve capacity
  • Headlights, taillights, brake lights and turn signals
  • Windshield wipers and blades – fill washer fluid reservoir, replace worn wiper blades
  • Antifreeze
  • Front and rear defrosters
  • Tires – make sure you’re using the right tires for your vehicle and road conditions.

Stock emergency supplies.

Having some essential items stored in your car could mean the difference between life and death if you happen to get stranded. Some things you should have on hand at all times, such as a good spare tire, jack, tire tool, pressure gauge, flashlight, flares, warning triangles and jumper cables.

For winter driving, you should also stow these items:

  • Small snow shovel, broom and ice scraper
  • Kitty litter or sand for traction if you’re stuck in the snow
  • Extra blankets
  • Tow and tire chains
  • Extra wiper fluid and antifreeze
  • Water and non-perishable snacks
  • A car escape tool like the resqme tool

For every trip, make sure your cell phone is fully charged. Make sure you have a charger that can plug into your cigarette lighter, or bring a portable charger. Pack extra doses of necessary medications to avoid possible medical emergencies.

Keep your children safe and warm.

Protect your most precious cargo. All children under the age of 13 should ride in the backseat with proper child restraints. Review the NHTSA’s guidelines to make sure you’re using the safest booster or convertible car seat for your child’s age and size. Check for any recalls and replace your child’s restraint if needed.

Keep these items on hand, depending on your child’s age:

  • Extra winter clothing – hats, gloves, socks, snow or hiking boots
  • Small, vehicle-safe space heater
  • Sleeping bags
  • Water and snacks
  • Extra diaper bag stocked with diapers, wipes, formula, bottles, etc.
  • Trash bags and toilet paper
  • Coloring books, crayons, mp3 player, earbuds, books, hard candy, etc. to keep them occupied if you get stranded

Drive with extra caution.

Before setting out, be as well-rested as you can. Since winter driving requires an extra level of alertness, it’s extremely important to stay awake at the wheel. The NHTSA estimates that an annual 83,000 vehicle accidents are caused by driver fatigue. Stay safe with a drowsy driver alert like the alertme®. This electronic device helps prevent accidents caused by falling asleep behind the wheel.

Check local weather conditions to be prepared for incoming snowfall or ice. If at all possible, wait until road conditions improve before you drive. But if you must be on the road, remove all ice and snow from your vehicle, including lights, mirrors and windows. Make sure your gas tank is full or close to full. When warming up your vehicle, don’t keep the engine running in a closed garage. Every year, nearly 20,000 to 30,000 people die of carbon monoxide poisoning, which can come from car exhaust.

When you get behind the wheel, put on your seatbelt, and make sure any passengers are properly restrained as well. Avoid all distractions. Plan your route so you won’t have to take your eyes off the road to look at your GPS. Stay off your cell phone – don’t talk or text! Avoid eating, putting on makeup, and listening to loud music or other audio content.

On the road, slow down, and don’t use cruise control. Don’t follow too closely behind other vehicles to allow more braking time in case you need it. Keep your headlights on in poor visibility conditions. Watch out for ice, especially on overpasses and bridges. If you start to skid, don’t panic. Take your foot off the gas and steer in the direction you want the vehicle to go. Don’t slam on the brakes or accelerate. If you cannot see the road in a snowstorm or conditions become too hazardous to continue, seek shelter, and wait it out if possible.

What if you become stranded?

If you get stuck due to road conditions, an accident or a vehicle breakdown, try to pull off the road and out of traffic. Stay calm and call for roadside assistance or 911. If you’re in an unpopulated area, unless you know there’s a busy road or building nearby, stay in your car with the doors locked. Be cautious if a stranger stops to offer help. Crack the window and ask him/her to call for emergency roadside service. If your only alternative is to accept his/her help, ask for identification, phone number and address. Write this down, along with where you are going and why and leave this in your vehicle.

While you wait for help, take these steps to stay safe and to alert other drivers and first responders:

  • Turn on your emergency flashers.
  • Watch for oncoming traffic while setting out warning triangles 100 – 300 feet behind your vehicle. The bright orange color will alert approaching traffic by day, while the red reflectors make it visible at night.
  • Clear your tailpipe of any snow and ice to prevent buildup of carbon monoxide in the vehicle’s interior.
  • Start your car if possible and run the heater occasionally.
  • Stay warm, and try not to overexert yourself if attempting to push or dig your way out of the snow. Excessive sweat can cause loss of precious body heat.
  • On a very busy road, it may be safer to exit the vehicle. Turn on emergency flashers, exit the car on the side away from oncoming traffic and seek shelter as far from the road as possible (preferably in a gas station or other public building) until help arrives.

Slippery roads increase the risk of skidding or slipping that can cause a car to go into water. If you get trapped inside of your car, follow these lifesaving steps.

By following these winter driving tips, you’ll be well prepared to venture out despite the road conditions. To help you remember, print out this brochure from AAA, review it before every winter season, and keep a copy in your car for reference when you need it.

Emma from BestCarSeatHub.com

A little note on safety

Road safety rules are meant to be followed. They are, after all, not there just to punish you with tickets. Road safety rules are primarily in place to protect lives, including your own, so follow them at all times. While this may sound preachy, it also sounds like common sense. To know more about road safety rules everyone must follow at all times, check out the infographic below (courtesy of arizdui.com)Important Road Safety Rules Infographic

Last week, we received a touching rescue story from Eli Beer, the President of United Hatzalah. This non-profit medical service organization is doing an fantastic job at providing the fastest medical first response in Israel.

“Recently, a grandmother accidently locked her baby grandson in the car, with the keys still inside. The little boy was screaming and crying, and his grandmother was frantic with worry. Your partner in lifesaving Yishai Solomon of Jerusalem immediately responded to the call. Police on scene were awaiting firefighters to arrive and extract the child. Having responded to many similar situations, Yishai grabbed his United Hatzalah resqme tool, designed especially to break car windows. Shattering the window opposite the child, the resourceful medic managed to safely break in to the vehicle and open the door. He extricated the baby, checked him over and handed him to the anxious grandmother. Thanks to Yishai’s quick response, the baby was safe and out of harm’s way!”

The resqme tool Yishai used to break the side window

The resqme tool Yishai used to break the side window

After the resqme

After the resqme

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Resqme is proud to work with United Hatzalah (their name means ‘united rescue’). Seeing a natural alliance between the goal of the organization and the resqme, Inc’s mission, it was clear to the president of resqme, Inc, Laurent Colasse, that resqme, Inc. needed to contribute to their efforts. Accordingly, he first sent 2400 resqme tools to United Hatzalah to equip their volunteers, back in 2013. He later offered 1500 more units during their big fundraising event taking place in New York.

“Every single volunteer in Israel has one with them at all times and it has been used on many occasions to rescue people.” Eli Beer

Since time is key when it comes to saving lives, the resqme tool is the perfect tool for the job! Seven lives were saved with the use of the resqme tool! Eli Beer says: “We have already saved many people using your tool. Thank you so much for this, it is really wonderful. Every single volunteer in Israel has one with them at all times and it has been used on many occasions to rescue people. Thank you for partnering with United Hatzalah to save lives in Israel!”

About United Hatzalah

United Hatzalah of Israel is the largest independent, non-profit, fully volunteer Emergency Medical Service organization that provides the fastest and free emergency medical first response throughout Israel. United Hatzalah’s service is available to all people regardless of race, religion, or national origin. United Hatzalah has more than 3,500 volunteers around the country, available around the clock – 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year. With the help of their unique GPS technology and their iconic ambucycles, their average response time is less than 3 minutes across the country and 90 seconds in metropolitan areas. Their mission is to arrive at the scene of medical emergencies as soon as possible and provide the patient with professional and appropriate medical aid until an ambulance arrives, resulting in many more lives saved.

united Hatzalah statsMore info about United Hatzalah here: https://israelrescue.org/

Wildfires: How to evacuate

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Resqme, Inc. was one of the many businesses affected by the Thomas Fire in Southern California during the month of December 2017. Several of our employees had to evacuate and were in the danger of losing their homes. During this fire we learned how important it is to be prepared for emergencies that may occur in our county, and we want to share this wisdom with our community. When a fire like this one hits, time is of the essence. Here is a to-do list to help you be ready to evacuate if you need to.

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Things to do ahead

  • Sign up for a local alert system: receiving timely and updated information about weather conditions, fire directions and evacuations are essential during a wildfire. To find out what alerts are available in your area, you can do an Internet search with your town, city, or county name and the word “alerts”; you can go to the website for your local emergency management or public safety office; or you can contact these offices by telephone.
  • Remember to always act as the fire would come your way. Being ready is a great way to ensure your safety.
  • Make a list of what to pack. It’s better to write it down ahead of time to avoid forgetting anything important.
  • Assemble an emergency kit before a wildfire or another disaster occurs. Plan to be evacuated for at least three days. This kit should include:
    – P95 or N95 masks to avoid breathing inhaling hazardous particles
    – Important documents (birth certificates, passports, etc.)
    – Three-day supply of food and water and change of clothing
    – An extra set of car keys, credit cards, cash or traveler’s checks
    – Map marked with at least two evacuation routes
    – Prescriptions or special medications, extra eyeglasses or contact lenses
    – First aid kit
    – Flashlight
    – Battery-powered radio and extra batteries
    – Sanitation supplies
    – If you own pets, get food and water.
  • Open your garage doors and gates. Fill the car gas tanks and park the vehicles nose-out.
  • Receiving updated information is critical. A battery-powered radio tuned to local stations will help you stay updated in case of a power outage. You can purchase NOAA Weather Radio All Hazards.
  • Know your escape routes. Have a backup plan in case roads are closed. Also, have a safe destination planned, such as a friend’s house or an evacuation center. A Family Communication plan will allow all family members to have access to the same information if separated during an evacuation.
  • Have fire extinguishers on hand and train your family on how to use them. Ensure that your family knows where to locate the shut-down controls for your gas, electric, and water.
    => You can download an official home-evacuation checklist here.

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If you have few hours to evacuate

  • Assemble supplies. Grab your emergency kit and add last-minute items: passports, phones, chargers, laptops, easily carried valuables. Also, grab what you would miss! Everything that has a special place in your heart: pictures, paintings, a special piece of clothing or a plush… We all have different stories and memories that speak to us. Put everything in the trunk.
  • Wear long pants and long sleeves shirt to protect you against the heat and the ash. Provide every member of the family with a flashlight and a respirator mask.
  • Share your location with your family and friends. You can use the Google Maps feature that allows you to share your current location for few days or more.
  • Turn off your gas when leaving.
  • Snap pictures of every room in your house and your yard: you might have to use them for insurance purposes.
  • If you have enough time, give your home the best chance of surviving a wildfire. To do so, you can irrigate your roof and property if you have a pool and a pump. Remove dead leaves and clear the gutters. Gather up flammable items from the exterior of the house and bring them inside (patio furniture, children’s toys, door mats, trash cans, etc.). You can also leave buckets of water around your property for the animals.
  • You don’t really need to unlock your doors and windows. If the firefighters need to enter, they will find their way in, whether the house is locked or not (that’s a tip given by a firefighter!).
  • Check on your neighbors.

How to stay updated

You can monitor the fires and the air quality on this interactive map.
Google also has a crisis map that shows you the active wildfires and the voluntary and mandatory evacuation zones. Google’s dynamic maps are worth bookmarking, so you can stay up to date with the latest updates from affected areas.
Another great source of the latest info would also be your County/City Twitter account.

Download the the Wildfire is Coming, Are You Ready to Go! brochure from the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection.
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Our hearts go out to everyone affected by the Thomas Fire and other wildfires.
We also want to thank all of the firefighters for their brave and hard work to fight the fires and keep everyone safe.

This article was written using content and advice from the Santa Barbara Independent Magazine, the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection website and personal experience of the author.

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