Safety First on Summer Roadways - Part 1

Regularly service your vehicle.

  • Schedule tune-ups, oil changes, battery checks, and tire rotation according to manufacturer recommendations.
  • Check fluid levels, replenishing when low.
  • Inspect and replace cracked belts an hoses.
  • Be sure headlights, brake lights, turn signals, and emergency flashers work properly.
  • Change worn windshield wipers.
  • Confirm proper tire pressure in all four tires plus the spare.
  • Periodically assess tire tread and upgrade as needed.

Put a well-stocked emergency kit in the glove box or trunk. Among the items to include:

  • Basic first-aid supplies
  • Flashlight and batteries
  • Flares
  • Jumper Cables
  • Tire pressure gauge
  • Basic repair tools
  • Bottled water
  • Nonperishable food
  • Cell phone charger
  • Blanket

Best practices before each road trip:

  • Set the mapping device
  • Adjust seats, mirrors, temperature control, and music selection
  • Secure loose gear that may roll or tip over during the trip
  • Crate pets for travel
  • Note adequate fuel is in the tank
  • Confirm all occupants are wearing seatbelts