Summer is around the corner and, in addition to BBQs, sandals, and sunglasses, I am sure many of us are also thinking of road trips. There is no better time than now to get ready for summer driving. To prepare us for the season, Ted Mansell, Service Technician with over 30 years of experience working on Hyundai vehicles has a wealth of knowledge on automotive safety to share with all of us.
Say hello to sunshine: Now that winter is over, it’s time to transition our vehicles into summer mode. To do this safely, be sure to:
- Change from winter to summer tires. Winter tires lose their grip and longevity as the temperature rises.
- Change your wiper blades if they are streaking and damaged from freezing in the winter.
- Brush-up on your owner’s manual! A “check engine” light can come on for hundreds of reasons, so it’s important to know what to do if it lights up.
- Check your fluid levels. Today’s engine compartment design makes it easy to check the minimum and maximum levels for most of your fluids.
- When washing, remember to spray underneath your vehicle to clean the corrosive salt from all the nooks and crannies.
Take time for your tires: Did you know that half of all breakdowns happen due to low tire pressure? The easiest thing to do is a circle check around your vehicle every time you go to drive your car. The front tires will naturally look softer than the rears, as they carry the most weight. Here are some helpful hints:
- Check your tire pressure once a month. Use the ideal tire pressure found on a label on the driver’s door jam and not the number on the tire itself. The one on the tire is its maximum rating, which could cause a harsh ride and uneven tire wear.
- Avoid overfilling your tires. Use a quality air pressure gauge to be certain.
- Under and over inflated tires increase fuel consumption, so keep them properly inflated for your wallet and your safety.
Do you know where your spare tire is? Surprisingly, many Canadians do not! Know where it is and how to access it. Other important safety tips include:
- You may need to use a custom wrench to release it from its mounting. Each vehicle is different so be sure to find out what type you need and how to use it.
- Spare tires lose air over time, so ensure your spare is properly inflated before embarking on any road trip. The ideal pressure is also on the driver’s door jam.
Adopt your very own vehicle safety checklist: Quality time on the road means mastering your vehicle safety checklist. Here is what should be on yours:
- Do a circle check before every trip and look at the tires. Apply tips above if needed.
- Make sure your lights are working. Be sure to check your headlights and tail lights.
- Get a full service vehicle check-up once a season.
- Ensure you know where your spare tire is and know how to change the tire yourself.
Pack smart for your road trip: In your vehicle you should always have:
- Air pressure gauge
- Booster cables
- Gloves for changing tires
- Safety cones
- Portable air compressor
- Tire wrench
If you are in Canada and would like to win this road safety kit before June 12th then enter the giveaway through the rafflecopter below. Please follow my social media networks and leave comments to be eligible to win.
Road safety kit includes
- Foam and FLC Lined Gloves
- Tire Fix Heavy Duty Pressure Gauge
- Marker Cones, 12-in, 4-pk
- Rain-X Summer Washer Fluid
- Prestone Long Life Antifreeze/Coolant
Update: The winner is Tanis
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