The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) wants drivers to have safe family road trips this summer. They’re currently publicizing their Cool Tips for a Safe Summer Trip. From recalls and roadside emergency kits to air conditioning systems and tire safety, they’ve got a complete checklist for motorists. Before you hit the road this summer, make sure you’re vehicle is ready for the trip. Listed below are the pre-trip tips for prepping your vehicle.

Before You Go:

  • Check for recalls.
  • Get your vehicle serviced.
  • Check A/C performance.
  • Check coolant level.
  • Check fluid levels.
  • Check belts and hoses.
  • Check wiper blades.
  • Make sure all floor mats are properly sized and correctly installed.
  • Check all lights.
  • Put together a roadside emergency kit.
  • Check tires for air pressure and tread wear.
  • Check your spare tire too.

What Do You Need in a Roadside Emergency Kit?

In spite of all efforts, even well maintained vehicles can sometimes break down. That’s why it’s so important to have a well-stocked roadside emergency kit. Your kit should include a cell phone and charger, a first aid kit, a flashlight, flares and a white flag, jumper cables and everything you need to change a tire. Also, you should have work gloves, basic repair tools, a change of clothes and water and paper towels for cleaning. Additionally, you should have nonperishable food, drinking water and medication for occupants. Extra windshield wiper fluid, maps, emergency blankets, towels and coats are also good ideas.

Road Trip Safety on The Open Road

When you hit the road, make sure you’re focused on the task of driving. Don’t engage in any distracted behaviors, and make sure you’re not paying too much attention to your passengers. Set down some safety rules with passengers, and make sure to always obey posted speed limits. Finally, never get behind the wheel after drinking or using any drugs or substances that could impact your safety. Equally important, don’t drive too many long hours, and make sure you’re well rested before the next day’s drive.

The team at Harris Personal Injury Lawyers, Inc. wishes everybody safe and happy summer road trips, and if you’ve been injured in a crash involving a dangerous or distracted driver in San Diego or anywhere along the Central Coast, contact our skilled team at Harris Personal Injury Lawyers, Inc. at 1.800.GO.HARRIS for a free case consultation.

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