Cool Travel Tips for a Hot Summer

Nothing says “summertime” quite like a vacation road trip! With kids out of school and temperatures rising, families all across America are eager to get out of town. Whether you’re traveling to a cabin in the mountains, camping at the lake, or heading to a beach house, it’s important to make sure you travel there safely. Nothing puts the brakes on a vacation faster than having issues with your vehicle on the road, so it is smart to make sure your vehicle is well-maintained prior to hitting the highway.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has published helpful hints for travelers looking to get their vehicle ready for a road trip. Performing basic safety checks could be the difference between enjoying your family vacation and waiting on the side of the road for a tow truck. Follow these tips to ensure your summer vacation has no hiccups.

Check your tires.

By checking your tire pressure at least once per month, you can avoid flat tires, blowouts, and rollovers. You can check the tire information or your owner’s manual for the recommended tire pressure.

Pay close attention to your tires’ tread. If the tread is worn down to 1/16th of an inch, it’s time to replace them.

Inspect Belts & Hoses

Pop the hood of your vehicle and inspect all belts and hoses. Belts and hoses in good shape will show no signs of cracks, blisters, or cuts in the rubber. If they do show signs of wear, it is best to replace them now before you go.

Test the Cooling System & Air-Conditioning

The last thing you want is your engine to overheat, so be sure to check your coolant levels. Play it safe and have your cooling system flushed and refilled if you’re due to do so soon.

If the air is not blowing cold, have the air conditioning repaired before you go. Children and seniors are especially sensitive to heat, so it is important to make sure your air conditioning is functioning properly.

Check your Lights

Between headlights, brake lights, turn signals, emergency flashers, interior lights, and perhaps even trailer lights, there are a lot of bulbs to ensure are working! However, each bulb is important to ensure your safety on the road. Make sure to see and be seen out there on the highway.

Have an Emergency Roadside Kit

It is always a good idea to be prepared. An emergency roadside kit is a smart addition to your vehicle at all times, but especially during the summer when higher temperatures often mean more car troubles. Suggestions to include in your emergency kit are as follows:

-Cell phone
-First aid kit
-Flashlight
-Flares and a white flag
-Jumper cables
-Jack and ground mat for changing a tire
-Work gloves and a change of clothes
-Basic repair tools and duct tape
-Drinking water
-Nonperishable food and medicines
-Extra windshield washer fluid
-Maps

Harris Personal Injury Lawyers, Inc. would like to encourage everyone to have a safe and happy summer. In the unfortunate event that an accident occurs while traveling, give us a call today at 1-877-231-9970 for a free case consultation.

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