Winter 2005 Forward to a Friend

Quick Stops

Driving in FogWhen the Road’s a StageIf You’re Involved in an AccidentLegacy Wagon Cross Bars
Using Head RESTRAINTSDriving with Young ChildrenMy Car Doors Won’t UnlockA Layered Approach to Vehicle Safety

Dense fog makes driving extremely hazardous. When faced with fog:
  • Slow down
  • Be patient
  • Pull completely off the road, turn on hazard flashers and wait – don’t drive, if possible
  • Take seriously all weather reports
  • Avoid passing or crossing traffic
  • Turn on your fog lamps – that’s what they’re for
  • Listen to traffic sounds – turn off all audio systems and lower your window
  • Turn on your low-beam headlamps – high beams reflect and have a blinding effect
  • Brake cautiously – fog makes the road slick, and tends to freeze in winter
  • Maintain maximum visibility – use your wipers and defrosters
  • Don’t stop on the road, unless absolutely necessary
  • Allow additional space between your vehicle and the one ahead

Annual car insurance premiums in the United States include about $200 to cover costs due to insurance fraud. One extremely dangerous type of organized fraud is the staging of accidents. Perpetrators cause accidents in order to collect insurance money.

Reduce your chances of being a victim of a staged accident:
  • Never tailgate
  • If involved in an accident, follow the suggestions listed below – in particular, call the police and get everyone’s contact information
  • Follow up by getting an accident report from the police
  • Notify your insurance company as soon as possible
If you suspect that you’re the victim of a staged accident, report it to the National Insurance Crime Bureau (NICB) by calling (800) TEL-NICB [(800) 835-6422].

Accidents can happen to anyone. If you’re involved in an accident:
  • Try to remain calm
  • Check for injuries, and call 911 for help, if required
  • Call the police
  • Warn other drivers with hazard flashers, reflective triangles or flashlights
  • Exchange and gather contact, license and insurance information, including police information
  • Note damage to all vehicles – carry a disposable camera in your vehicle to help document such emergencies
  • If not injured, stay at the scene until released by police


In the last issue of Drive, we showed the accessory cross bars available for the 2005 Legacy Wagon. (Subaru Outback has standard aerodynamic cross bars.) When installing the cross-bar kit, be sure to use the inserts intended for the undersides of the bars. They will help reduce wind noise, for everyone’s added comfort.


2005 Subaru Legacy, Outback and Forester models have active front head restraints, which provide an additional level of protection to help reduce the potential for whiplash injuries.

Does your vehicle have head rests? No! It has head restraints. Part of your vehicle’s passive-safety equipment, head restraints are designed to limit the motion of your head and neck in a rear-end collision.

Maximize the protection offered by your adjustable head restraints:

  • Position them vertically so the middle of the restraint is even with the middle of your head – at the tops of your ears
  • Move them front to back (if so equipped) to be within three inches of the back of your head, if possible


Tips for driving with young children, whether car-pooling or traveling with your
own family:
  • Seat children properly in age- and size-appropriate child safety seats or boosters in the back seat
  • Fasten seatbelts
  • Carry a list of emergency phone numbers to reach other parents
  • Only use your cellular phone in an emergency after pulling off the road
  • Have in-car rules for safety
  • Pull off the road to discipline
  • Play age-appropriate music
  • Carry age-appropriate soft toys and games


Using your remote keyless entry system transmitter to lock and unlock the doors of your Subaru vehicle enhances convenience. However, just as interference can prevent the signal from your TV/cable remote control from reaching the TV/cable box, interference can block signals from your keyless transmitter to your vehicle.

When unlocking the doors, please note: It is possible to press the unlock button too quickly or not quickly enough. If the interval between the first and second press of the unlock button (for unlocking all passenger doors and rear gate) is extremely short, the system may not respond. All doors but the driver’s door will remain locked. Although the second button press should be within five seconds of the first, wait until the vehicle’s lights have flashed twice before pressing the button again.

Please refer to your owner’s manual for more information.


  1. Common sense – lock your car
  2. Warning device – a visible and audible alarm system (such as the Subaru accessory alarm)
  3. Immobilizing device – requires electronic information that you carry to start the car (available on some 2005 Subaru vehicles)
  4. Tracking device – emits a signal to monitoring stations when a vehicle is stolen (available on all models equipped with OnStar®)