Arrive Alive

Safety Precautions when working on your Vehicle

Safety Advice when Working on Your Vehicle 

  • Never trust a jack. Rather buy some sturdy stands and use them whenever you need to crawl underneath the car.
  • Remove the earth strap (almost always the negative pole) at the battery, to avoid accidentally activating the starter, starting a fire, or heating up your jewelry or watch, if you accidentally touch an open wire.
  • Make sure that all electrical components are switched off when you remove the strap, otherwise a spark may occur, which could cause the battery to explode.
  • Never leave tools on the battery, where they might short the terminals and create a spark.
  • Keep loose clothing and long hair away from moving parts.
  • Wear eye protection when your eyes are at risk, such as when you grind, or drill upside down.
  • Don't overfill the sump, or any other reservoir, because it may cause damage to the seals, or an even more serious malfunction.
  • Don't remove the radiator cap from a hot cooling system. If you really have to open up, use a cloth over the cap, and stand to one side, releasing it slowly.
  • Don't add cold water to a hot engine, because the subsequent distortion may cause damage. If you have no choice, pour the water in slowly while the engine is running.
  • Don't allow small children or animals near the car while working on it.
  • Keep a fire extinguisher near your working space.
  • Don't try to extinguish a fuel or electrical fire with water; rather use sand.
  • Take care when carrying a battery, or working with one, because spilt acid will eat holes in your clothes and irritate your skin.
  • Don't run the engine for long in an enclosed space.

Petrol is unpredictable, especially in vapor form and, just because you've spilt fuel onto a hot pipe once and nothing happened, you cannot assume that it will be safe next time.

Also view:

Vehicle Maintenance and Repair

Vehicle maintenance and safety guide to roadworthiness of vehicles

Safety with Vehicle and Car Batteries

Vehicle Modifications, Alterations and Road Safety

Loading...

Search Road Safety Articles

Latest Pages

Lighting and Safe Driving

Lighting and Safe Driving

Introduction This is a highly simplified article of a much more complex field of interest with a lot of comparative evaluation between certain lighting technologies. This should not be used as a platform for design, engineering or legal argument. It is intended and written for information purposes

Read More

How do Seatbelts Save Lives?

How do Seatbelts Save Lives?

How do Seatbelts Save Lives? The Mechanics of a Seatbelt Explained When you use the word seatbelt, people often think only of the "webbing." The black (or another colour) strap you pull across your lap and chest. But there is more to this amazing invention than a mere belt to hold you

Read More

Vehicle Modifications, Alterations and Road Safety

Vehicle Modifications, Alterations and Road Safety

Manufacturers deliver vehicles which cater for the average driver and have settings that will provide the best (erring on the conservative) in terms of longevity, economy, ride comfort, performance. That satisfies most drivers but some, quite possibly because they can’t find/afford a “performance”

Read More

Using the Drone for Accident Investigation and Road Safety

Using the Drone for Accident Investigation and Road Safety

We are very happy to report that we have upgraded our drone camera/gimbal system once again and we are now able to take much better aerial photographs of scenes. In an effort to show the evolution, we would like to show the following images, as a comparison between Google Earth, our first camera image

Read More

How to Choose an Accident Investigator

How to Choose an Accident Investigator

When fleet operators experience the horror of one of their assets being involved in a serious accident, involving a loss of life and/or serious spills or stock losses, they are often forced to procure the services of a contractual accident investigator under less than ideal circumstances. In the midst

Read More

Speed Enforcement In Security Estates

Speed Enforcement In Security Estates

A worrying new trend has started in many parts of South Africa and has proliferated about as silently as the approach of winter: Security Estates have started buying speed measuring devices (speed cameras) of varying kinds and have started enforcing speed limits and “issuing fines” inside

Read More

Load More Pages

Partners

View All