No one wants to break down while out on the road, especially on a holiday weekend. With a record number of travelers expected on the road this holiday being prepared is your best defense to avoid a breakdown along a busy interstate. Below are some great tips from the experts to make sure your vehicle and you are ready for the road!
- Check your car's lights! Headlights, turn signals, brake lights, etc. Make sure they are working and that you clean the covers so they are at their brightest for good visibility.
- Make sure your battery is charged it is strong and indicating good levels.
- Check your tires for any tears or bulges in the side wall. The tires should have a good amount of tread left. Quick tip: the easiest way to measure this, if you don't have a gauge, is to hold a quarter upside down in the tread. If the top of George Washington’ head is visible, you need new tires to ensure the best traction in all weather conditions. Make sure the tire pressures are set to the figures that are printed on the placard on the inside of the driver’s door jam, or what’s listed in your car’s owner’s manual.
- Check the oil, coolant, and windscreen wash levels. These level checks are often overlooked by most people, but can havoc if your car’s levels are too low.
- As your brake fluid ages, it turns the color of maple syrup and begins rusting out your brake components. Check your brake reservoir for the color of the fluid and make sure that it is topped off up to the full mark. If you haven't had a flush in the last two or three years, get one before you leave. Also asked your vehicle technician to check your brake pads and rotors, replacing them if they're worn so you can stop on a dime in an emergency situation.
- Bring supplies in the event of an accident or medical issue. Make sure your car is well stocked with an emergency kit including a flashlight, reflective triangles or road flares to warn oncoming traffic of a breakdown or accident, fire extinguisher, blanket, first-aid kit, and some basic tools.
- And most importantly, make sure you are driving safely, be patient, and follow the rules of the road!
All of us at William DeLoatch, P.C. hope you have a safe and enjoyable holiday! And please remember If an incident affects you or your loved one's life, whether it be through traffic violation or personal injury accident, contact Williams DeLoache, P.C. today for a free consultation: 1-844-650-5515