Life-Saving Safety Tips For The DIY Mechanic

Most people are happy enough to take their car to an auto shop as soon as they run into any problems. For a particular kind of car nut though, mechanical issues are an excuse to have some fun! Like many enthusiasts, you might be getting more and more involved in your car and all the work it needs done. If this is the case, here are some safety guidelines that may just save your life!


First of all, make sure your jack stands are high-quality and stable. Cars are extremely heavy, in case you hadn’t noticed! When you’re mounting it to do some work on the chassis and undercarriage, having a reliable set of jack stands is essential. When you’re browsing for jack stands, be sure to check its load capacity. Then, simply multiply this by four and check it against your car’s gross vehicle weight. Yes, it’s true that there are jack stands which will probably do a fairly good job despite being a couple of notches under the load capacity. However, when you’ve got at least a tonne of machinery hanging over you, it’s not the best time to start taking chances!

The next thing to be aware of is the exhaust. Believe it or not, this is one of the most commonly neglected health hazards when it comes to people working on cars in their own garages. I’m sure you know someone who leaves the car running for one or two minutes to warm it up in winter. When you do this in a garage, you’re gambling with your life! Even when the door is wide open, two minutes is all it takes for the carbon monoxide to hit dangerous levels. This gas is invisible and odourless, so serious precautions have to be taken. If you have to keep the engine running for any work, be sure to do it outside. If this isn’t an option, then consider a vehicle exhaust removal system from sites like

Finally, make sure you’re well-informed before attempting even the smallest of jobs on your vehicle. I know your car is your passion, but it’s not something you can screw around with when you’ve got a blasé attitude. After all, the last mechanic who worked on your car didn’t just walk in and start working! Before doing any work, make sure to find the technical service procedure you need, and read the whole thing thoroughly once, then again as you do the work step-by-step. It’s also a good idea to seek out the information you need on the day you’re going to have a stab at the work. It’s scarily common that we hear about a certain model being recalled because of some faulty part. When these happen, you can be sure it reaches every professional auto shop in the country. You can search for information on recalls at

There you have my five most important safety tips for working on your car at home. After these, the next best precaution is a sharp and attentive mindset.

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