Most adults want to have a safe automobile, especially if they have a family in tow. When you have children, you likely become Taxi Mom (or Dad), shuttling the little ones off to school, soccer practice, doctor appointments, karate lessons, and everywhere else they want to go. With all that driving, you need to make sure your vehicle is always safe for you and your family. Below, we will look at a few tips that you should use to ensure your vehicle is always road ready – and that your family can make it safely from Point A to Point B!
Always Do Routine Maintenance
Just like you need a yearly physical to keep your body working properly, your car needs periodic maintenance done to it. Oil changes need to be performed every 3,000-5,000 miles, depending on the model of your vehicle – you can always consult your owner’s manual. Inside that book, there should be a schedule you can follow to ensure your car is always being driven in tip-top shape
Stay Stocked for Emergencies
You never know what may occur as your are traveling in your car. Having a kit that will cover all the basic emergencies that could arise is always a safe way to travel. A first aid kit is essential, especially if you have children. Yes, kids can and will injure themselves while in a vehicle!
This kit can also contain wet wipes for spill or accidents, headache medication for the driver, and bottled water and snacks – just in case you get stranded. Other handy items for your car emergency kit include a blanket, jumper cables, and a flashlight.
Check your Tires – Including the Spare!
Since your tires get the most wear and tear while driving, you want to make sure you are regularly checking them. Notice the tread, and schedule a replacement as soon as it becomes necessary to avoid unsafe driving conditions. If you aren’t familiar with tire tread and what it should look like, you can always do the penny test.
This test doesn’t require any special tools or gadgets; you simply just need a regular one-cent penny! Place the penny down between two rows of tread as far as it will go in the tire, with Abraham Lincoln’s head facing down. If you can see most of his head with the penny in place, you may not have enough tread left on your tires to make driving safe.
Even if your tires look great, make sure you always check your spare tire at the same time you are evaluating all four presently on your car. Make sure you don’t travel without a spare, and that it is in good condition to replace a tire, should you get a flat while out on the road.
Check Fluids Regularly
Though it may be considered part of your regular maintenance tasks, keeping a check on the fluid levels in your vehicle is important. This responsibility should be done more often than you would take your car in for various scheduled maintenance. Check the washer fluid each month; more often if you have been dealing with a great deal of pollen or other debris on your windshield. You may always want to stay on top of your oil and transmission fluid levels. Definitely check all of these before leaving for a long road trip in your car.
Be Aware of Recalls
Every now and then, a vehicle manufacturer may issue a recall on the automobiles they have made. This may be something minor, but it can also be a serious problem that will affect your driving if left unattended. Make sure you stay aware of any vehicle recalls, and get them resolved as soon as you can if any arise for the make and model of your vehicle.
Use Navigation Services
If you are driving in unfamiliar areas, you definitely want to have a navigation device that will help you arrive safely at your destination. Avoid using a map, since they are virtually impossible to read at night, and the focus you put on the paper can take your eyes off the road – which is definitely not safe!
Even using Google Maps on your phone can be distracting, especially if you get a phone call or other notification that pulls your attention away from the route and driving. It’s best to use a device that is dedicated to navigating you exactly where you want to go. Input the address to your destination before your put your car in drive, to further prevent any issues with distraction.
Have an Extra Set of Keys
Most newer vehicles will not allow you to leave the keys in your vehicle. However, it’s still possible to lose them when you are traveling. Combat this issue by having an extra set of keys to keep in your pocket or purse at all times. If you are in the Atlanta area, STL Locksmith LLC offers prompt and professional automotive locksmith services, including creating new car keys and programming them to work with your vehicle. They can also equip you with a new remote key fob, if your vehicle has that capability.
If you do have a spare set of keys and still find yourself locked out of your vehicle, contact STL Locksmith LLC right away. Serving the metro Atlanta area since 2012, this locksmith company provides 24/7 emergency service, should you need assistance getting into your vehicle. Their professional technicians are trained in all of the latest locksmith strategies, so they can have you back in your car in no time!