Do-it-yourself car maintenance on the safety radar

ON JUNE 21, the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (“ACCC”) issued a media release urging consumers to be more cautious when undertaking DIY maintenance on their vehicles.

This was in response to statistics revealing that 120 people had been killed and many hundreds injured whilst maintaining their own vehicles since 2000. …

Of the 120 people killed since 2000, the majority were men aged between 40-49.

To further assist in raising awareness of the health and safety risks associated with DIY vehicle maintenance, the ACCC also created a webpage and videos showing the correct procedure for the most common maintenance tasks.

Whilst there are many unsafe DIY practices that can cause injury, the ACCC identified the following as some of the most common:

  • performing the maintenance on unsteady ground, sand or sloped surfaces;
  • using improvised support stands such as bricks or wood;
  • failing to apply the handbrake or put the vehicle in park;
  • not “chocking” the wheels on a raised vehicle;
  • improper use of vehicle jacks;
  • using faulty jacks despite knowing they are faulty.

If you are a DIY’er and maintaining your own vehicle, then you need to take safety seriously and put precautions in place. Head on over to the ACCCs DIY Car Safety page at www.productsafety.gov.au/ news/diy-car-safety and check out their hints, tips and videos.

Until next week – Keep it Legal!

Katie Caldow
kcaldow@walkerpender.com.au

*The legal information in this article is of a general nature only and not intended to be legal advice to rely upon.

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