It’s the last half of Summer, and everybody is trying to get in that last road trip / vacation before school starts. Here are some tips from us on how to stay safe on the highway getting to and from your destination, or just with every day driving:
Put the cell phone DOWN!
Texting and driving, and even distracted driving by cell phones, is becoming a big killer on the roads. It’s not worth it…….if you have to text or talk, PLEASE pull over!
- Tire pressure: Making sure you have adequate tire pressure can not only help prevent a blowout, but can also help you in your gas mileage. (Don’t forget to check your spare tire as well!) Watch a short video on our YouTube channel how to check your tire pressure.
- Tire tread: Driving on bald tires is the main cause of flats and blowouts. Rotating your tires during your regularly scheduled maintenance helps your tires to wear evenly all the way around, and not just on one side. (Don’t forget to check your spare tire as well!) Watch a short video on our YouTube channel on how to check to see if your tire tread is too low.
- Major fluids: Make sure to check your oil, windshield washer fluid, radiator fluid and ??. You can watch short videos on our YouTube channel on how to check your oil and windshield washer fluid. If you have any questions on how to check your fluids, stop by during regular business hours and we can help you with that.
- Wiper Blades: Make sure your wiper blades are not old and worn out. Driving in a rainstorm with worn wiper blades will cause decreased visibility.
- Lights: Make sure that your headlights, high beams, brake lights and turn signals are all in working order.
- Belts and Hoses: Make sure your belts and hoses don’t have any visible cracks or kinks.
- Make sure you have a working flashlight with extra batteries, emergency reflectors, sunglasses and a first aid-kit
- Take your driver’s license, vehicle registration and auto and medical insurance cards
- Carry a spare set of vehicle keys
- Plan your route and leave a copy of your itinerary with a relative or neighbor
- Bring any special medications and prescription information
- Take your doctor’s phone number
- Take your eyeglass prescription
- Bring a cellular phone or a sign that tells passersby to “Call Police” in case of trouble
- Have any repairs or vehicle maintenance performed before the trip—see your vehicle’s owner’s manual for vehicle maintenance schedules.