Category Archives: Safety Tips

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How Do You Stay Safe on Slushy Roads?

As we’ve noticed in the last few weeks, this season presents some pretty ugly weather conditions. Seems like every year around this time, we begin enduring worse elements than we’re used to, and that we might not seem especially prepared to navigate. For example, how do you stay safe on slushy roads? It’s one of the most dangerous travel elements out there, and we’re here to help keep you on the road. Read the rest of this entry >>

What to Do After a Car Accident

We often talk about how to successfully take on all sorts of automotive challenges, from driving safely during different seasons to avoiding deer when they pop out of the ditch. But what to do when you get in a car accident? Every accident is different, so there isn’t a standard script in many cases where fender benders are concerned. However, there are a few standard operating procedures that you should follow to help ease the headache of a car accident. Read the rest of this entry >>

How to Keep your Pets Safe on Halloween

We’re only a few weeks away from Halloween, which any reader of our blog knows is among the holidays we love most. We also love our pets, oftentimes more than we love our own family members. This obviously results in times when we dress up our pets and take them to parties, but it’s got us wondering, is this a good idea? Here are some hints for keeping your pets safe on Halloween. Read the rest of this entry >>

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How to Know when your Teen is Ready to Drive Alone

Now that school is back in session throughout Alabama, we’re definitely seeing more teen drivers around than we had previously. They obviously have every right to be on the road; they’ve taken all the requisite courses, of course. However, studies have shown that car accidents are the #1 cause of death for US teens, and that the risk is greatest for an accident in the first six to twelve months of driving alone. So, how do you know when your teen is ready to drive alone? Read the rest of this entry >>

Are We There Yet? Safety Tips for Traveling with a Child

When we reach a certain point in life — hey, let’s just call it parenthood — you realize you probably should stop thinking about yourself all the time. That’s the point of something going on nationwide from September 13th through September 19th, Child Passenger Safety Week. It’s an effort to educate and reinforce positive practices for when we’re traveling with our kids, and we at Harbin Auto are here to do our part. Here are a few tips for traveling with a child that we at Harbin Auto have learned to put to good use. Read the rest of this entry >>

How to Keep your Dog Cool in the Heat this Summer

Do you have a dog? Of course you have a dog. This is the south, and people are about as likely to have a dog as they are to have a football allegiance. If you do have a dog, you probably also intend to take your furry friend with you in the car this summer, which is about the most logical reason to have a car or a dog or a summer season at all. However, with our extreme heat, care must be taken when you take your dog with you, and we at Harbin Auto are here to help. Here are ways to keep your dog cool in the heat this summer. Read the rest of this entry >>

Hold On, Everyone: Tips for Driving on Rough Roads

After the winter has passed, you might notice that one of the most irritating remnants of poor weather has been left in its wake: potholes. It’s true, even in an area such as ours that doesn’t receive an enormous amount of snow, the drastic fluctuations in temperature combines with occasional plow usage to inflict considerable damage on our roads. So what should you know before you head out onto a rough, heavily rutted road? Here are a few tips for driving on rough roads; who knows, they just might save your tires. Read the rest of this entry >>