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When I was a kid, my parents took me and my younger sister on long road trips during the summer months. On a couple of occasions, we drove over two thousand miles in our car. Are you planning to go on a summer road trip with your family in the near future? Before you head out, you likely want to ensure your vehicle is operating at optimal capacity. Consider visiting an auto parts store. You might wish to invest in a new oil filter, set of brakes, or battery. You may also wish to purchase a new set of comfortable car seat covers to sit on during your long trip. On this blog, I hope you will discover the most popular auto parts people purchase during the warm weather months. Enjoy!


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Five Things To Bring To A Salvage Yard To Avoid Injuries

If you enjoy working on your own car, you might head to a salvage yard to see if you can find a discount on an auto part. Because of the nature of salvage yards, you'll need to take some precautions to make sure that you don't injure yourself along the way.

1. Footwear

Make sure to wear foot protection when entering the salvage yard. There are many heavy and sharp objects at salvage yards. If you do not wear something that is tough enough to protect your feet, you may step on something sharp and injure your feet. Steel toe boots are the most effective at protecting your feet. In most cases, a salvage yard will have rules against open-toe footwear. But you are better off having the most durable shoes possible.

2. Eyewear

Always wear eye protection. Any liquids you might be exposed to could splash and get in your eyes. Also, as you are trying to remove parts from the junked cars, a piece of metal might fly up and strike you in the eye. 

3. Construction Gloves

Wear construction gloves. Because you will be working with sharp objects, you might touch something sharp and injure yourself. Also, since you might get a cut from a rusty metal object, you may be at risk of getting tetanus. You will want to wear construction gloves because they have the flexibility that allows you to work efficiently, but also will protect your hand from punctures. 

4. The Right Tools

Learn about the tools that are allowed at the salvage yard. Some tools might sound like they could be helpful, but would potentially be dangerous. For example, you are typically not allowed to bring blowtorches. This is because they can potentially cause an injury while on the salvage yard. Also, you might damage a part that you are trying to remove and later choose not to purchase it. Bring anything allowed that can help you remove a part, such as a screwdriver.

5. Helpers

Bring help with you. You may need to move a bulky component and some components might be so heavy that you might injure yourself, such as if you accidentally drop a part on your foot. Also, if you are removing several smaller parts, it will be easier to carry more if you bring a helper with you. Once you take the right safety precautions, you'll be able to find parts that will allow you to service your vehicle at a lower cost.

For more information, visit a salvage yard in your area.