Make sure your Car is Safe for Traveling

 

Whether you are traveling for personal or have a long commute to work every day, it is paramount to make sure your vehicle is safe for travel. If you do not, you are just setting yourself up to be stranded at some point.

Just like people, cars need routine maintenance and lots of love and care especially if they are older. Doubt routine maintenance is smart regardless the age of your vehicle or the miles on it as anything can happen with any vehicle at any time.

Engine Oil – Before you go on a long trip or commute daily, you should definitely check your oil and see if you are due for an oil change. Changing the oil will help save gas and keeps the engine life healthy.

Tire tread and pressure– This is so important as the tires are needed to get the car from here to there! The last thing anyone wants is a tire blow out. Buy a tire gauge to check the pressure or use your corner gas station. Look on the inside door of your car for the most accurate amount of pressure needed. Also, you will want to make sure the tread is good too. This is one way to check.  One easy way is the penny test. Simply insert a penny into your tire’s tread groove with Lincoln’s head upside down and facing you. If you can see all of Lincoln’s head, your tread depth is less than 2/32 inch and it’s time to replace your tires.

Windshield wipers and fluids – One thing I always hated was lousy windshield wipers that were worn out and when you turned them on it smeared all over your windshield. This could be a very dangerous situation if your windshield wipers are not in decent condition. Make sure your fluid is topped off.

Not only do you want to protect your car on the mechanical spectrum, but you also want to protect you and the vehicle on the inside as well. For people traveling your car is your home away from home so you need to protect it as best as you can.

Park car in well-lit spaces –  If you park in well-lit spaces where people can see your vehicle it will lessen the chances of someone breaking into your car. Thieves do not like to be noticed.

Lock doors– I never ever leave my doors unlocked even for 30 seconds! It is very important that you always leave your doors locked and do not leave spare keys in the car.

Keep Valuables hidden– If things that are valuable to you are in sight it can be more tempting for someone to break into your vehicle. Do not throw blankets, jackets and such over them. Put your valuables in the glove compartment or storage compartment inside te vehicle.

If you take precautions and lock your doors, you are less likely to become a victim of those problems.

Slater & Gordon Lawyers wants to make sure you have a safe space when traveling.


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