Garages are an unheralded aspect of vehicle maintenance and security

January 28, 2013 12:00 AM

One of the biggest aspects of vehicle maintenance has become so mainstream that many drivers don't even realize its importance. Garages keep cars safe from theft as well as the wear and tear caused by natural elements, yet many people are unaware of the history behind this helpful structure. 

History of the garage
Garages as we know them today came to the U.S. in the 1920s, when the popularity of automobiles began to rise. Originally, owners could convert barns or sheds to house their new rides, but as more and more people started coveting these vehicles, they realized they needed the storage space that came along with it. 

According to AutoBlog, more than 82 million homes in the U.S. come equipped with a garage, a number that has exploded in recent times. Before the 1960s, less than 60 percent of all new houses were built with a garage, but in the late 2000s that number was already up to 79 percent. 

Other common uses for a garage include extra storage, an extension of a home's square footage - man caves are common garage rooms - and some even act as the home base for a new business or band. The most important use, however, is frequently protecting automobiles from theft or damage that would need some kind of car repair, and drivers should make sure their garages are outfitted with the best technology, security and safety features. 

Keeping a garage secure
Garages can be overlooked when it comes to home security, but savvy car owners understand the importance of treating the shelter as another home space. Whatever security system is present throughout the rest of the house should be extended to the garage, especially considering the majority of homeowners use the entrance in their garage as the main door to their house. 

The security company recommends that homeowners cover all garage windows. Curtains or even frosted glass work well, helping to keep the contents of a structure hidden from prying eyes. Similarly, individuals should also consider installing peepholes on doors leading to the garage, especially if it is attached to the home, so they can scope out a suspicious noise or situation without opening the door. 

Homes that are equipped with an automatic garage opener should be careful about where they leave the device. Don't keep them in a car in the event the automobile is left outside the garage and disable the feature before leaving home for an extended period of time. 


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