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Parking a car in the garage seems to be a thing of the past. Garages are used for a lot of other things like storing junk or home workshops, but parking in the garage is one of the best things for a vehicle. It increases the security of your significant investment and takes the vehicle off the streets and driveways. Here are 10 reasons an owner should clear out space and park in the garage:
1. Safe from the elements – rain, snow, wind
This is probably one of the most obvious, but rain, snow, wind and other weather elements are enemies of a car’s exterior. They can leave dirt and acid on a vehicle that can cause significant damages to the exterior, like rust and a weakened top clear coat.
2. Protects from dings and scratches from elements or other vehicles
Hail and falling tree branches are just a couple examples of ways a car can get damaged from simply being outside. Dents, scratches, and broken windows are all possible exterior problems that can occur when a vehicle is left outdoors.
3. Keeps vehicle from the sun and temperature extremes
UV rays from the sun can damage a vehicle in ways most car owners don’t consider. Extreme hot and extreme cold can both lead to deterioration of the inside and outside.
4. Keeps those riding in the vehicle safe from elements
When a vehicle is parked in a garage those riding in the car do not have to be exposed to any elements. It keeps everyone safe from hail, temperature extremes, and other outdoor conditions when getting in or out of the vehicle.
5. Less likely to have theft or vandalism which has occurred in our area a number of times.
Cars are a huge investment, and for most they are one of the most valuable things they own. Parking outside leaves a vehicle exposed to vandalism and theft. A garage helps eliminate the temptation for those that want to harm a vehicle in any way.
6. Lower insurance costs
That’s right, some insurance companies offer lower policies for people who store their vehicle in a garage. Saving money is always an advantage.
7. Keeps vehicles exterior looking great
Believe it or not, mechanics can tell if a car is stored in a garage or outside. Vehicle exteriors are kept in much better condition when stored in a garage which can lead to greater resale values.
8. Engine stays lubricated
Because a garage keeps a vehicle warm, the fluid and oil are kept in a stable condition which leads to an engine that runs better than one that is kept outside.
9. Coolant stays warmer, heat/AC comes on faster
Also, with a warmer car comes faster AC and heat. On cold days, the heat will warm up faster than being out in the elements. Same is true for extremely hot days.
10. Visibility is ready to go
Forget the ice scraper or dewy windshield. Parking in a garage helps keep windows clear of weather and condensation so there is no need to ride with one head out the window.
The following incidents were recently reported to the Kennedale Police Department.
01/20 – Theft $2,500 top $30,000 – 400 block of Glenbrook Drive: At 4:39 a.m. officers responded to a reported stolen vehicle. The owner stated that the vehicle had been stolen from his driveway at 4:15 a.m. and that the key had been left in the unsecured vehicle. The 2015 Honda was valued at $24,000.00.
01/20 – Burglary – 1400 block of Derby Drive: At 7:57 a.m. a victim reported that his vehicle and garage had been burglarized during the overnight hours. Security video showed a male walking into the driveway at 1:28 a.m. The male was followed by a trailing vehicle in the street. The suspect opened the two unlocked vehicles in the driveway and removed a wallet with credit cards and three pair of earphones. The suspect then used the garage door opener in one of the vehicles to open the door and enter the garage. A computer and tools valued at $2,410.00 were removed.
To circumvent burglaries such as these, please consider the following options:
1. If at all possible, park your vehicles within your garage.
2. Never leave a vehicle unlocked no matter where it is parked or what is going on.
3. Never leave your keys in the ignition.
4. If your vehicles cannot be placed in the garage, then park them on your driveway.
5. Consider installing motion detector lights and security cameras on your front perimeter.
Last night 1/3/2016 on Steeplechase Trail, someone shot at least two vehicles with an air rifle or something. Both vehicles were hit two or three times which took off the paint and left some nice divots. One vehicle also suffered a shattered rear window. Both were parked on the street. A report was made with the Kennedale Police Department. Everyone please watch your vehicles and try to park them in your driveway for better security.
The following fax was sent to the Arlington City Manager regarding the Sublett Road expansion. Please use this as an incentive to write, call or fax the Arlington City Manager to plead our case!
September 21, 2015
Arlington City Managers Office
Subject: Kroger/Sublett Road Expansion
It is our understanding that over the past 20 years, negotiations have taken place between the Cities of Kennedale and Arlington regarding improvement of Sublett Road West of Hwy 287/Sublett intersection. Kennedale has made drastic improvements to Sublett Rd. from its city limits westward but alas, Arlington has made no improvements other than re-pavement of the narrow road. Thus, the residents of Kennedale and Arlington are stuck with the following dangerous condition of Sublett Road.
1. Absolutely no shoulder on the North side.
2. A dangerously narrow bridge with no provision for pedestrian traffic.
3. Arlington non-bussed school children and residents must traverse this part of Sublett on their way to Kennedale schools and wait for the bridge to clear before attempting to cross.
4. The narrow bridge has been hit by vehicles on several occasions.
5. Residents are reluctant to attempt crossing the narrow bridge on foot, thereby degrading the capability of “strolling the neighborhood”.
For the Kroger expansion project, please consider extending the Sublett Road improvement westward to the Kennedale City Limit and replacing the dangerous bridge.
Thanks for your consideration,
Obie G. Fuller
1254 Elmbrook Drive
Kennedale, TX 76060
City Manager Yelverton asked the Department … View more of Public Works & Transportation to respond to your question regarding road improvements on Sublett Road.
Negotiations are still ongoing with Kroger so nothing is definite at this time. If agreements are reached with Kroger they will construct Sublett adjacent to their site and the city has been looking into funding options to construct the remaining section of Sublett to the West city limit line. This section would include a new culvert under Sublett Road and allow for sidewalks on both sides of the roadway to allow for safe passage of pedestrians in this area.
Funding is a challenge since this section of Sublett Road was not approved in the 2014 Street Bond Program approved by the citizens on Arlington.
Please free to contact me should you have any further questions.
Keith Melton, P.E.
Director of Public Works & Transportation
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