April is Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Month. Throughout the month buildings and landmarks will go orange to support The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals® (ASPCA®) and raise cause awareness. Going orange is a tribute to the lifesaving work of the ASPCA and a celebration of kindness for living things. For more information, go to www.aspca.org.
Nearly 80 percent of collisions involve some form of driver distraction. Here are the most common mistakes leading to an accident:
For this biannual event, we remind you to visit your Subaru dealership. Last year’s inspections found that seven out of every 10 vehicles failed at least one component during inspection. For example, 12 percent of vehicles had front windshield wiper failure, and 7 percent needed rear wiper service.
Common items needing attention:
Most Subaru dealerships offer free inspections to support this program, and April begins the “Spring is in the Air” cabin filter instant rebate program. Drop by your local dealership to make sure your Subaru is ready for warm-weather travel.
Besides pivoting into the roof rails when not in use, the cross bars on the all-new 2010 Outback have several features that are different from the 2009 model’s aero-style cross bars:
Every vehicle has a 17-character VIN. It’s unique to that vehicle, and it tells the manufacturer, make, model, year, which automotive features are included, and more.
Occasionally, you will need your vehicle’s VIN – to open an auto insurance policy, fill out an accident report, contact Subaru Customer Serive, request Roadside Assistance, take your vehicle to a dealer for service, sign up for Added Security, and so forth.
Subaru VINs are located on:
Your VIN also can be found on auto insurance and auto registration documents.
Reminder: You’re not alone on the road. Some of the vehicles around you are larger, and others are smaller. Be aware of them as you drive.
It’s springtime, and the warmer weather in many parts of the country means that more motorcycles and bicycles will be using the roadways. If you live in warmer climates, two-wheel vehicles are with you all year – so this is a reminder. Be ever vigilant, because these smaller vehicles are more difficult to see. Allow safe spacing between your vehicle and bicycles and motorcycles, for everyone’s safety.
The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration lists a number of safety tips for sharing the road at www.sharetheroadsafely.org.
New Jersey (Safe Passage) and a number of other states have their own motorcycle and bicycle awareness programs. Find a list of links below.
Motorcycle and Cyclist Awareness and Safety Links
AVOID HIGH-RISK SCENARIOS
RULES OF THE ROAD
WARM WEATHER BRINGS OUT MORE MOTORCYCLES
MOTORCYCLE RIDER SAFETY PROGRAMS
GENERAL SAFETY/AWARENESS TIPS
SHARE THE ROAD INFOCAST
MOTORCYCLE RIDER SAFETY TASK FORCE
MOTORCYCLE SAFETY AWARENESS MONTH