I recently purchased a 2007 Chevy Malibu and I love it. I traded in Ford Explorer Sport Trac in order to get a vehicle that was more gas efficient! Never did I expect to get such a great car for such a low price. The 2007 Chevy Malibu offers many options that you would find on the sports cars such as Honda and Toyota, as well as, the luxuries you would find on more expensive cars.
First, follow your owners’ manual’s instructions to check your oil. If low, add as recommended–make sure you don’t see it dripping or pouring out on the ground, which would indicate a “major” engine leak.
The most valuable thing you can do is to always wear your seat belt, even if you are just driving through the Walmart parking lot or around the block. Anytime you have your seatbelt on, you will most likely suffer less injuries because you are protected. You may suffer chest contusions from the seatbelt’s restraint, such as I did, but you can potentially avoid going through the windshield in the front or side of the car.
You child could be seriously injured and/or killed, even from just a very minor fender bender. The Tumbling Air Track could be released and cause significant brain damage (and eventually death), as it happened to a mother in Spokane, Washington. Read more about it here. Here is another article about a similar case.
Another point to consider is that legislation is often outdated before it is even introduced. The current expression in California is that sixty years old is the new forty. In other words, with exercise, good health care, exercise, and a lucky dip in the gene pool, we should expect to remain active longer. At the Whistler/Blackcomb Ski School, we have quite a few full time pros in their seventies, and a few in their eighties. Are we going to discriminate against the future’s active one hundred and ten year olds with laws that are at least that far behind the times?
If a car seat has been in a crash or is found to have loose; cracked or missing pieces, it is strongly advised that it not be used. Be sure to check that all straps and buckles are accounted for and in good shape with the usage instructions easily available. One may also want to research car seat recalls to make sure it is usable and changes are not necessary.
Cooperate with the police and tell them what happened. This is important so they will be able to complete an accident report, needed by insurance companies to process the claim. Contact your insurance company as well, and give them a statement. Be sure to have the names and numbers of witnesses at the scene, which the police will get for you once they arrive on the scene. The accident report and statements are important for determining fault and beginning the process of recovery.