BUPD Day is October 21st. 

BUPD Day is October 21st.  This stands for Buckle Up, Phone Down. 

The Missouri Department of Transportation asks that you accept their challenge and do your part in making Missouri roads safer. 

Right now, Missouri has a “no texting” law for drivers age 21 years and under. But distracted driving isn’t just a young driver problem. Approximately 70% of drivers using cell phones in Missouri traffic crashes were 22 years of age or older. They are challenging all drivers to honor that ban no matter what their age.

The challenge is simple, when you get in to any vehicle, buckle your safety belt and if you are the driver, put your cell phone down, turn it off if you have to.  Every trip, every time.  Then challenge family, friends, and neighbors to accept the challenge themselves.

For more information and to accept the challenge, go to modot.org.

Max Motors Launches Ford Mobile Service Van

Max Ford of Harrisonville now offers mobile automotive maintenance services

The Ford Mobile Service Van is now available out of the Max Ford of Harrisonville location, 2502 Cantrell Road in Harrisonville, Missouri. The van comes fully equipped to provide the following services to vehicle owners in Harrisonville and the surrounding area.

  • Oil Changes
  • Filters
  • Brake Services
  • Batteries
  • Tire Rotation
  • Wiper Replacement
  • Fluids
  • Multi-Point Inspection
  • Lamps and Bulbs
  • FSAs, Pre-Delivery Inspection
  • Software Updates
  • Recalls

Mobile Service was born out of the evident need for remote services during the COVID-19 pandemic.

“In 2020, we rolled out Max Transit, which allows people to purchase a vehicle online and have it delivered to their door,” said Bob Jacaway, Max Motors President and CEO. “If customers can purchase a vehicle from home – or anywhere they may be – why not provide automotive services using the same principle?”

The change helps fulfill Max Motors’ mission to be the premier quality vehicle retailer in the Midwest.

“We are always seeking new ways to grow and adapt,” Jacaway said. “Mobile Service is one more way we can provide ease and convenience to our customers.”

Harvest season means more slow-moving vehicles on road

This harvest season, the Missouri Coalition for Roadway Safety is reminding motorists to keep a watchful eye for slow-moving farm vehicles. Being patient, driving carefully and respecting boundaries are all equally important when driving around farm vehicles.

“It can be easy to forget that farmers are simply doing their jobs when moving equipment from field to field,” said Robert Brinkmann, chairman of the Missouri Highways and Transportation Commission and the Missouri Coalition for Roadway Safety. “It’s important that we as drivers be patient and give them the space they need, so we can all reach our destinations safely.”

Motorists that are unfamiliar with farming communities may not immediately recognize farm equipment on roadways or be aware of the special hazards they present. Lighting and reflector locations on tractors, combines and other farm equipment are different from other motor vehicles. Loads on farm vehicles may be wider than other vehicles, which present special hazards for other motorists when left, right, rear and front projections are not easily recognizable.

The most common collisions occur when the approaching motorist hits a farm vehicle from behind (rear-end collision), or when a passing motorist hits a farm vehicle that is attempting to make a wide left turn (left sideswipe).

The Missouri Coalition for Roadway Safety recommends these simple tips when driving around slow-moving farm machinery:

  • Be mindful that it’s harvest season and keep an eye out for machinery.
  • Be patient and remember that farmers are just doing their jobs.
  • Always pass on the left and only when you have clear sight distance.
  • Always wear your seat belt. It’s your best defense in any traffic crash.
  • Pay full attention to the road and put your cell phone down.

Missouri’s strategic highway safety plan, Show-Me Zero, provides more information on how all Missourians can do their part to achieve zero traffic fatalities. The plan can be viewed at www.savemolives.com.