Before your trip, take care of any regular maintenance that needs performed on your vehicle such as a tune-up, oil change, battery check and tire rotation. Once your vehicle is well maintained, you can perform a few other safety checks on your vehicle.
•· Check tires’ air pressure, tread and make sure the spare is in good shape.
•· Inspect belts and hoses for blisters, cracks or cuts in the rubber. High temperatures can cause rubber belts and hoses to damage easily.
•· Wiper blades should be checked for wear and tear. Winter can cause wiper blades to become ragged and often need replaced before summer.
•· Carefully check coolant levels to make sure you will have enough for your trip. Long trips during the summer heat can cause engines to overheat if your cooling system is not functioning properly.
•· All fluid levels should be checked prior to your road trip. This includes: oil, brake, transmission, power steering and windshield fluid. If you see any indication of a leak, take your vehicle to be serviced right away.
•· Inspect headlights, brake lights, turn signals, emergency flashers and interior lights.
Aside from making sure your vehicle is safe for your road trip, you should also make sure your children are safe and protected inside your vehicle. Children should be sitting in appropriate car seats and booster seats best suited for their age, height and weight. Also, no child under the age of 13 should be sitting in the front seat.
An accident can happen in an instant on the road. It is important that all drivers stay focused while driving and avoid all distractions. Additionally, you should keep an eye out for different types of traffic such as motorcyclists, pedestrians and bicyclists. Share the road with them and keep in mind that they are more vulnerable since they lack the protection of a vehicle.
We hope you enjoy the warm weather and have safe travels this season.
Safecar.gov, “Summer Driving Tips”