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Summer Safety Tips: How to Prepare Your Vehicle for a Road Trip

During the summer, Americans take more road trips and vacations than any other time of year. At Goldstein Hayes & Lina, LLC, we want to ensure that you are prepared and safe on the road. Many problems you might encounter on the road are preventable with the right planning and preparation. No matter where your summer travels might take you, safety should always be priority number one. In order to ensure safe and sound arrival at your destination, you must ensure that your vehicle is able to sustain long road trips. Every year, millions of drivers experience problems with their vehicles. Preparation is the key to a great road trip experience and hopefully to prevention many common car troubles.

AAA has come out with a list of tips to prepare yourself and your vehicle for a summer road trip:

  • Conduct regular safety checks to ensure your vehicle is in safe operating condition. This includes checking the tires, lights, belts, hoses, fluids, and windshield wipers.

  • Familiarize yourself with your vehicle’s owner’s manual to understand the signs your vehicle uses in the event of an operating failure.

  • Prior to a long road trip, make sure to test your vehicle’s battery to ensure there is enough life left.

  • Ensure your cell phone is equipped with the phone numbers for roadside assistance. This is particularly important in the event that you are stranded in an area with spotty cell service and little traffic.

  • Familiarize yourself with your vehicle’s emergency equipment.

  • Plan your route and ensure that you are rested and alert when getting behind the wheel.

  • Check the weather and make sure that you are aware of any inclement weather conditions that may impair the safety of your route.

  • Be aware of construction, traffic patterns, and other hazards on your route.

  • Do not practice distracted driving. Be sure to limit conversation with passengers, keep music at a non-distracting volume level, and never use a cellular device while driving.

  • Always give emergency vehicles the right of way.

  • Never drive while under the influence of alcohol or drugs, or while fatigued.

  • Always fasten your seat belt while the car is in motion, and ensure that your passengers do the same.

When embarking on a road trip, always remember to have fun but BE SAFE!