As we are heading closer to the unofficial kick-off to summer, the May 24 weekend, there are a few things to keep in mind as we plan to spend more time on the road. As Canadians prepare for summer weekends at the cottage we also have to prepare our vehicles for these long drives up north. Road safety begins before you leave home, a quick visit to your local dealership will ensure your car is road ready.
You should start with a Semi-Annual Inspection along with your regular oil change, but don’t stop there, here’s a safety checklist you get you started:
- Check tires for cracks or damage on the sidewall which could cause blow-out at high speeds.
- The depth of your tire tread can be no less than 3mm to avoid hydroplaning in the rain and losing control.
- Under or over-inflated tires can also be a safety concern and can affect your gas mileage, so ensure that you follow your manufacturers recommendations by checking your driver’s door for proper pressure settings.
- Properly working brakes increase your ability to stop safely so all brake components need to be measured for proper specification.
- Front-end and suspension components should be inspected for broken, loosed or worn parts.
- If your power steering fluid is low you might have a leak, which will need to be addressed before hitting the road.
- Lastly, ensure your windshield wiper blades and all lights are working properly and that your washer fluid is topped-up.
The best part of the long weekend is having fun with family and friends and enjoying the sunshine…not waiting for a tow truck on the side of the highway. Remember to get your vehicle checked before hitting the road and then all you have to do is fill up your gas tank and pack your cooler with ice. No need to speed, just enjoy the drive and have fun and as always no drinking and driving. Drive Safe.