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Summer Driving Tips

You're going to need to pack more than beach supplies for that summer road trip.


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

  • Flash light

  • Gloves

  • First aid kit

  • Screw drivers

  • Cell phone and charger

  • Water


Make sure to check and stock trunk supplies twice a year and remember never leave on a road trip with your vehicle's "check engine light" or "malfunction indicator light" lit up. If you take these precautions, you and your vehicle might be happier on the roads this summer. And don't forget to have fun!


See more at: http://www.redcross.org/prepare/disaster/highway-safety http://www.dmv.org/how-to-guides/emergency-kit.php

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