Summer is officially underway in Baton Rouge. The weather is creeping from warm to hot; children are out of school, and families are hitting the road for their long awaited summer vacations. It’s a time of year for countless memories and hours filled with carefree family fun. Of course, all of that depends on your ability to make it to and from your destination without incident. More important than where you go this summer is whether or not your vehicle is capable of getting you there safely.
At Spencer Calahan Injury Lawyers, we enjoy our own summer getaways with family, and we want you to do the same. Because most accidents are avoidable, safety on the roads should be a priority for all drivers. While you may not be able to control road conditions or the other drivers around you, you can control the roadworthiness of your own vehicle. Here are just a few tips to keep you traveling safely all summer long:
- Check Tire Tread – Tire maintenance is a critical, often neglected part of vehicle safety. Tread is one of the most common concerns regarding tires, and drivers are encouraged to perform the “penny test” to ensure that theirs are not too worn. (Place a penny head first into several tread grooves across the tire; If you always see the top of Lincoln’s head, your treads are shallow and worn. If this is the case, your tires need to be replaced.)
- Check Tire Inflation – Inflation issues are the most cited cause of tire failure. Under inflation, in particular, can lead to inhibited steering precision, blowouts, tread wear, and even loss of fuel economy.
- Check Oil – Oil changes are a necessary part of vehicle maintenance. While it may not be detrimental to go a bit longer than recommended before getting your oil changed, waiting too long can eventually cause some very big problems. Old oil becomes dirty oil. Dirty oil becomes sludgy and is no longer able to properly lubricate. When the moving, metal components of your vehicle’s engine are not properly lubricated, the engine will seize, leading to some serious and expensive complications.
- Don’t Put Off Repairs – If you’ve been putting off repairs that you know your vehicle needs, now is the time to have them done. Under no circumstances should you set off on a long road trip when your vehicle needs major maintenance. Instead, have these completed as far in advance as possible, so your plans are not sidelined by unexpected expenses.
- Have an Emergency Kit – No matter where you are headed, it is wise to have an emergency car kit in your vehicle at all times. Some of the basics in this kit should include jumper cables, a flashlight, batteries, first aid kit, and a small fire extinguisher. On top of these items, it’s also a smart idea to keep some water and non-perishable food items available.
A fun summer vacation is a ritual for many Louisiana families. The beach and other nearby destinations beckon and are only a short drive away. It can be the perfect solution for a much needed break and quality family time, but it’s necessary to first ensure that you can make it there safely. The tips above can help keep your anticipated vacation a pleasant one.
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