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Help Prevent Accidents with These Summer Car Care Tips

By Omaha Personal Injury Attorney on April 13, 2015

Spring has arrived in Omaha, which means that families throughout Nebraska will soon be planning summer road trips. April is a great time to get your car ready for the summer travel season. Experienced Omaha car accident attorneys recommend focusing on safety and maintenance in order to help reduce the risk of breakdowns, accidents, and injuries. Here’s how:

Tires

As the temperature rises, your tire pressure changes. Over- or under-inflated tires are a safety risk. They also wear out more quickly and can reduce your gas mileage. Make sure your tires are inflated to the correct specifications, and switch to all-season or summer tires. Have a service shop check your tire alignment and balance before you hit the road.

Oil and Fluids

Hot weather and long hours on the road can cause your vehicle to overheat. Before you hit the road this summer, make sure your coolant, washer fluid, and other vehicle fluids are in good shape. Make sure your vehicle also gets oil changes according to the schedule in the vehicle’s manual – most technicians recommend a change every 3,000 miles.

Brakes

Staying prompt on brake repairs helps you respond more quickly to any sudden road emergencies. Get the brakes checked before any long spring or summer road trip. If the brake pedal feels mushy or hard, or if pushing the brakes results in rubbing or scraping noises, make sure your brakes are examined as soon as possible. It may be time for new brakes.

Windshield Wipers

Windshield wipers are key to maintaining visibility during summer storms. Replace them if they are cracked, torn, worn, or leave streaks on the windshield when you use them.

Maintain your vehicle well and it’ll be sure to take you anywhere this upcoming summer, wherever you decide to go.

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