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Summer Driving Safety Tips

During the hot summer months, it is important to remember to make sure vehicles are properly equipped with roadside emergency supplies to help keep families safe this summer. Before logging all those miles on your family road trip this summer, remember to:

Beat the Heat:  Inspect the radiator, pressure cap, belts, and hoses to make sure they are in good shape with no signs of blisters, cracks, or cuts in the rubber.

Hydrate Your Vehicle:  Check fluid levels: brake, automatic transmission, power steering, windshield washer and coolant. Make sure each reservoir is full and if you see any sign of fluid leakage, take your vehicle in to be serviced.

Before any longer trip, any time of year, remember to give your vehicle a check-up:

  • Check the air pressure in all tires, including the spare,
  • Make sure the wiper blades are functioning properly,
  • Check battery life and inspect batteries and battery cables,
  • Inspect brake pads and linings for wear; change the oil and filter according to manufacturer’s service interval specifications, and
  • Test the headlights, brake lights, turn signals, emergency flashers and interior lights

Move the beach gear over for the roadside emergency kit. Even if you’ve prepared your vehicle for summer travel, it never hurts to have a “just in case” kit in your trunk. Your emergency kit should include:

  • Jumper cables
  • Flashlight
  • Emergency flat tire repair and/or spare tire
  • Gloves, blankets and towels
  • Hazard triangle, road flares, brightly colored distress sign, or “Help” or “Call Police” flag
  • Screwdrivers and wrenches
  • First aid kit
  • Cell phone and charger
  • Water for both the car radiator and your family
  • High-calorie, non-perishable food

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  • Tyler Johnson
    February 25, 2021, 3:44 pm REPLY

    That’s a good idea to get a charger for your phone. I would think that would be a great way to get a tow truck to come to help you as well. I’ll have to consider getting the number for a local towing service for my emergency kit as well.

  • Luke Smith
    February 17, 2022, 5:16 am REPLY

    I totally agree with what you said that jumper cables should be in your arsenal when you’re driving. The last thing I want to happen is to get stuck in the road, waiting for help. To avoid this, I’ll make sure to avail for the best car towing services in town.

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