October is National Auto Battery Safety and Car Care Month
When you’re stranded on the side of the road with a dead car battery, you probably don’t really think about how jumping your car battery may result in serious injury to yourself or others assisting you – you just want to get back on the road. But injuries do happen to drivers who are stranded, and 6000 eye injuries, skin burns, and injuries due to strain or crushing have been caused by improperly jumping a vehicle battery.
Automobile batteries, even when they’re dead, can release an explosive hydrogen gas that ignites easily and can cause harm. To draw awareness to the risks of changing a car battery, October is National Auto Battery Safety Month. October is also Car Care Month, with the goal of bringing a driver’s attention to vehicle inspections that can prevent being sidelined on the road in the first place, including fluid levels, tires, lights, and other components that ensure you have a safe drive.
Before changing or jumping your own vehicle battery, you should be aware of the following:
- Check your vehicle’s owners manual before you change or jump start your battery
- Keep any open flames or sparks away from the battery
- Wear eye protection at all times
- Ensure the black and red cables do not touch when connecting them to the battery
If you practice preventative vehicle maintenance, you may be able to spot a battery that needs replacing long before it causes you to break down. During October’s Car Care Month and National Auto Battery Safety Month, be sure to stop by a repair facility for a free vehicle check on your fluids, lights, tires, battery, and other components and stay safely on the road this fall.