With all of the rain and inclement weather we have been having, it is important to highlight safe driving tips as well as some things you should check on your car to ensure that you get to your destination safely.
Top 5 Tips for Driver Safety
- Check your tire wear by using a tread gauge- Apart from air pressure, checking whether your tires can last the whole journey is also important. Ensure the tread is 1/16th” or 1.6mm and if the gauge shows less than 2/32”, it is time to use a new tire for the journey. The worn-out tires may blow out during long trips.
- Make sure all lights and signals are working- It is important to make sure all the signals are functional to avoid the accidents. Ask for another person’s hand to finish this check. Sit in the car and turn on all the lights and signals and ask him or her if the lights are functioning properly. Spare bulbs can also be prepared during your trip, just in case. (At least one for each light, including headlights, indicators, reverse lights and tail lights.)
- Ensure that you have all auto emergency equipment and that it functions properly- Emergency equipment includes: a cell phone, spare tire
andemergency tools (like flashlights, screwdrivers and jumper cables)
- Check to see if your engine oil needs to be changed- Check your oil level and the date that you may need an oil change. If it is almost the time to change your oil, then do it. A long trip can give more stress on your vehicle. Adding extra oil will not work as changing the oil, because the sludge from your old oil cannot be cleared. If possible, the oil filter can also be changed at the same time.
- Change your windshield wipers- If your wipers are leaving streaks across the windshield, it’s time to get them replaced. Poorly functioning wipers pose a safety risk, as they can’t effectively clear liquids and particulate matter from your windshield, impairing your vision as you drive.