Are you fitting in one more vacation this summer before school starts and fall approaches? As you pack for your trip and prepare to leave, often the last thing on your mind is the safety of your vehicle. Be sure to follow these tips to make sure your vehicle(and those traveling in your vehicle) stay safe:
Check It Out
- Check all fluid levels, mirrors, headlights, break lights, tire tread and air pressure.
- Make sure you aren’t due for an oil change.
- Thoroughly clean your windshield.
- Visit your local auto body shop if your need assistance with any of these precautions.
Stay Awake and Alert
- If taking a lengthy trip, make sure the driver has slept enough before hitting the road.
- Be particularly careful at night, as drivers can become more tired and less alert.
Don’t Drink and Drive
- Always have a designated driver in situations in which alcohol is involved.
Reduce Your Vehicle’s Weight
- As you increase the amount of cargo (and weight) in your vehicle, fuel is burnt at a faster rate.
- An extra 100 pounds in your vehicle could reduce your miles per gallon by up to 2 percent.
Keep an Emergency Kit in the Car
- Make sure to pack an emergency car kit just in case. Important items to include are:
- Jumper cables
- Flash light
- First aid items
- Cash- most service shops and tow trucks accept credit cards, but have some extra cash in case they don’t