Summer is a popular time for fun with the family at local events and long exciting road trips with friends. But not preparing your vehicle—or yourself as a driver—ahead of time can lead to problems. With this in mind, here are five summer driving safety tips from your trusted mechanic in Norwalk, OH:
- Plan your road trip: Unless you’ve got all the time in the world, it’s a good idea to plan out as much of your road trip as possible. Start with mapping out your route, and then list the things you want to do and note all the auto shops off the freeway in the event that you need a mechanic. And for safety purposes you should always, ALWAYS let someone know where you are going, the route you’re taking and when they should expect you back in town. That way, at least one person will have helpful information should you go missing.
- Check the fluids: Your vehicle’s internal working parts must have adequate lubrication to run properly. For example, an engine topped off with clean motor oil is a must, and coolant is needed to avoid engine overheating. A dry car is especially concerning during the summer months, since a lot of folks are more focused on planning their adventure than taking their car in for a pre-trip maintenance check. When you take it to the mechanic, ask them to completely flush out old fluids and replace with fresh solutions.
- Take precautions when hauling a trailer: As compared to driving a vehicle without a trailer attachment, pulling a camper or a utility trailer for ATVs or a boat requires a different method of driving. First, take your vehicle to a mechanic in Norwalk, OH for a trailer hitch inspection. A professional will make sure that all your wire hookups are functioning right—that is, your trailer hitch wiring must work in tandem with your vehicle’s brakes and turn signals. You also don’t want to cause an accident, so check your manual to find out your vehicle’s maximum towing capacity for a safe experience.
- Check your tires: Since the heat can contribute to dangerously overinflated tires, checking your tires’ air pressure is a definite must-do this summer. Tires that are overinflated will have less contact with the road’s surface, meaning that, if you lose control of your vehicle, you might continue forward on a glide instead of coming to a stop when the brakes are applied. A blowout while you’re driving on hot asphalt is another concern.
- Update your insurance policy: This summer, before heading out on a long trip, you may want to take a few minutes to update your auto insurance policy. Check that you have tow and rental car coverage on all your vehicles, especially the one you plan to drive the most over the summer months for extended trips.
Got summer road trip plans? Give us a call at Hy-Tek Truck & Auto Center, LTD to schedule a vehicle checkup with a skilled and trustworthy mechanic in Norwalk, OH.