The sun is shining, the birds are chirping – it’s time for the rubber to hit the road! Whether you have a show car or a commuter, summer is the season for busy roads.
You may be driving the same car that you’ve been using throughout the winter. Whether you’re looking to break out the sportscar or simply take care of some regular maintenance for your vehicle, we have a comprehensive guide to get you started!
An often overlooked safety tool is regular vehicle maintenance. There are a lot of parts and pieces that work together to help a car function correctly.
Poor maintenance can cause a whole host of safety issues on the road.
Check Your Tires
Whether a flat tire or a complete blowout, tire issues can be a big issue. Be sure to check the quality of your tires as well as the tire pressure.
With the regular rain that we get in Florida, good-quality tires are crucial. If the tread has been worn thin, the grip on the road will be insufficient and you could be at risk of an accident.
Change Your Wipers
Speaking of rainstorms, it’s important to have quality windshield wipers. While you may be prepping for sunny roads down the coast, you never know when you’ll find yourself caught in the rain! Visibility is important for your own safety as well as other drivers and pedestrians.
Check Your Fluids
It might be time for an oil change! A machine as complex as a vehicle takes a variety of fluids to function properly. Consider topping off the coolant, brake fluid, transmission fluid, or power steering fluid. This is especially important if your vehicle has been sitting idle for a while. It may take a bit of grease to get things goin’!
Check Your Lights
Just because it’s summer doesn’t mean you won’t need to worry about lights! Functioning headlights are important in low light conditions as well as when it’s raining. Signal lights are always necessary as well as tail lights or brake lights! Functioning lights will definitely help reduce the likelihood of an accident or traffic violation.
Prepare For Emergencies
If you don’t already have an emergency kit in your car, now would be a good time to get one! Think about adding items like jumper cables, first aid kit, flashlights, reflectors/flares, etc.
Safety Services and Insurance
Along the same line of thought, it’s a great time to revisit your other safety tools. Do you have a service like AAA? If not, this is a good time to look into such a service! The same goes for your car insurance policy. Consider re-evaluating the coverage you have in case of emergency.
It’s always easiest to have fun when you feel safe and secure! Take care of business, hit the road, and enjoy those summer days!
If you find yourself in any trouble or in need of legal counsel for a personal injury-related accident, please contact us right away!