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Preparing Your Vehicle for a Road Trip

Road trips usually mean some quality time spent with family members, seeing new places, revisiting old ones, and visiting loved ones that you don’t get to see too often.

While they are a beloved tradition for many families in New York and across the country, it’s important to take the steps necessary to ensure your vehicle is ready for the journey, too. Driving long distances can mean a higher chance of hazards on the road, especially if you’re in an unfamiliar region. Here are some ways to best prepare your vehicle for a safe road trip.

Keep Up With Regular Maintenance

Your vehicle requires regular maintenance in order to function as it should. To avoid any unexpected issues with your car along the way, be sure to keep up with regular car maintenance. Get your oil changed and make sure all fluids are topped off so that you avoid the risk.

If you know you have a road trip coming up, schedule an appointment with a qualified mechanic. Car appointments tend to fill up quickly, so make sure to do this ahead of time.

Check That All Parts Work

Each part of your vehicle is critical to the safety of you and everyone else on the road. Before starting on your journey, make sure to double-check the following parts on your vehicle are working as they should:

  • Turn signals
  • Brakes
  • Headlights and taillights
  • Windshield wipers
  • Tires

Eliminate Distractions

If you have a GPS in your car, make sure to insert directions into the map before you take off. Distracted driving is one of the leading causes of car accidents in the U.S. If needed, pull over to fix your GPS and check directions. Remember, safety is more important than shaving off a few minutes of driving.

If you or a loved one is injured in a car accident, turn to the personal injury attorneys at Foley Griffin for help protecting your rights to compensation. We will review each detail of your accident to determine liability and fight hard for your financial recovery.

Contact Foley Griffin at (888) 966-8480 to schedule your free consultation!

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