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How to prepare your car for the summer to prevent road accidents

On Behalf of | Jun 4, 2023 | car accidents

With the school term coming to a close and the summer driving season around the corner, you should incorporate road safety in vacation plans. Planning will help ensure that Indiana’s summer heat and stop-and-go traffic don’t take their toll on your vehicle. 

Safety measures will help ensure you’re not poised for a breakdown; lessening the odds of mechanical failure will keep the fun in summertime driving. This allows you to spend quality time with your loved ones on memorable road trips. 

Inspecting tires and brakes

Proper tire maintenance is essential for both safety and fuel efficiency. During summer, you should check the tire pressure regularly, as hot weather can cause fluctuations. Additionally, ensure the tires have sufficient tread depth, and if they’re worn out, replace them because insufficient grip can impair your braking distance and vehicle control. 

On the other hand, suppose the tires still have a good grip. In that case, you should rotate them as recommended by the manufacturer to promote even wear. And don’t forget to inspect the brake pads for any signs of wear and tear. Adequate braking is crucial for avoiding accidents, so replace worn-out brake components promptly.

Recalibrate the battery and electrical system

Aside from fluctuating tire pressure, high temperatures can also take a toll on your car’s battery and electrical system. Therefore, to prepare for summer traveling, check the battery terminals for corrosion and clean them if necessary. 

Test the battery’s voltage and consider replacing it if it shows signs of weakness. It would be best to inspect the electrical connections and wiring to help ensure they are secure and undamaged. It’s also good practice to carry jumper cables or a portable jump starter in case of an emergency.

Observing these safety tips can help keep your family safe during summer travel. And remember, if another driver injures you on the road, you should learn more about your case to get the compensation you deserve.