Toyota Wants You to Stay Safe on the Road This Summer
As the weather heats up, many of us are thinking of one thing only: vacation. Perhaps you plan on hitting the Caribbean for a cruise, or flying to some exotic locale across the globe. But many of us prefer to enjoy what the good ol’ US of A has to offer, and what more perfect way to get your vacation on than on a road trip? Luckily for you, the good folks at Toyota have released an infographic with instructions on how to make sure your summer road trip is as safe as possible.
First of all, before you head out on the road, it’s best to check for recalls. You might remember 2014 as the Year of the Recall (at least as far as GM is concerned), but 2015 is shaping up to be pretty recall friendly as well, thanks to the whole Takata airbag fiasco. Even if you’re pretty sure your vehicle has escaped the major recalls, there might be a more minor one lurking that you haven’t considered. Check to see if there are any open recalls on your vehicle via the SaferCar.gov website, and take yours in for a free repair if necessary.
Second, check out your tires to make sure they are road trip-worthy. You want to make sure that they are inflated to the recommended pressure (check your owner’s manual for your manufacturer’s recommendation), and ensure that the tread isn’t worn to 1/16th of an inch or less. Finally, you want to check your spare tire to make sure it’s ready for emergency use if necessary.
Finally, you’ll want to give your car a thorough inspection before hitting the highway. Take it to a mechanic if you’re not confident in your abilities. You need to inspect belts, hoses, and wiper blades; fluids such as brake, oil, transmission, coolant, and windshield washer; and headlights, brake lights, turn signals, and any other lights.
If you’re headed on a road trip this summer, make sure you stay safe, and have an awesome time!