Lambert Zainey believes the holidays are best spent with family and friends. Unfortunately, driving to reach our loved ones can be made unsafe by breakdowns and accidents. Below are a few holiday driving safety tips that I hope will keep you and your loved ones safe during this busy travel season:
– Check your fluid levels (engine coolant, motor oil, transmission fluid, windshield wiper fluid, etc.). Prior to traveling, visit your local mechanic for a tune-up and ask for these items to be checked.
– Check your tires. Usually forgotten, the pressure of your vehicle’s tires is critical to safe driving. It only takes a few minutes to check tire pressure, and it can make the difference between a deadly tire blow-out and an otherwise safe trip. The DMV’s Guide to Checking Tire Pressure provides great instructions on how to do this. Also, note the age and wear of your tires. If they’re old or the tread is worn, your tires may be unsafe for travel. Finally, don’t forget to check your spare tire and make sure you have the tools necessary to change a tire. Your local tire dealer can also help you check these things at a relatively low cost.
– Check your battery. Most batteries only last a couple of years. To avoid a potentially unsafe breakdown, be sure your battery is not expired.
– Pack an emergency kit. Having these items on-hand is good-practice at all times: flashlights, water, non-perishable food, blanket, camera (if your phone doesn’t have one), emergency contacts, and safety reflectors/flare.
Even if you follow these holiday driving safety tips, auto accidents can happen. If you are in a car accident, Lambert Zainey can help. The New Orleans car accident attorneys of Lambert Zainey have handled cases involving car accidents for 35 years. Click here to learn more about auto accident cases.
With that being said, I hope these holiday driving safety tips are helpful, and from all of us at Lambert Zainey, we wish you a happy and safe holiday season!