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Reducing Your Risks of a California Roadside Mishap

December 31, 1969

It's that time of year again -- when a lot of us plan to head out on summer road trips.

Unfortunately, those summer trips come with some serious dangers. And the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) is here to help to better ensure all travelers' safety.
Our Costa Mesa car accident lawyers understand that, as the busy summer driving season begins, motorists need to take simple, yet necessary, precautions to help to make sure that your vehicle is excellent driving condition before you hit the road. In addition, we're asking you to avoid dangerous or aggressive driving behaviors that could potentially place travelers in danger.

First you want to make sure that you're keeping up with the regular maintenance of your vehicle. Make sure you're getting enough oil changes, tune-ups, tire rotations and battery checks. All of these measures go a long way in helping to prevent a breakdown.

Tires: Avoid a flat tire by making sure that each one is properly inflated before heading out. It's a good idea to even keep a tire pressure gauge in your vehicle with you at all times. You should be checking the pressure at least once a month. And not only is this going to help you to avoid a flat tire, but it's going to help to save you fuel and energy.

Hoses and Belts: You want to make sure that you're taking a regular look under your hood. Check to see if the belts and hoses are in good shape. You don't want any signs of cuts, cracks or blisters. In the hot summer heat, these conditions are more common and can be awfully dangerous.

Windshield Wipers: You want to make sure that you check the condition of your wipers before leaving on a road trip. The last place that you want to realize that these aren't working is on the road in the middle of a rain storm.

Cooling System: When the engine is cold, you want to get under the hood and peek at the coolant levels. Make sure they're topped off. If you haven't had it done in a while, have the system flushed and refilled. This is going to help you vehicle from overheating during the long haul.

Lights: Make sure that all of the lights on your vehicle, including the headlights, taillights, emergency flashers, and blinkers, are working properly. If you're towing a boat or a trailer, make sure that the lights on that extra luggage are working properly as well.

-Air Conditioning: This is most important for you. Make sure that the A/C is blowing out cold air. If anyone in your vehicle suffers from poor health or any medical conditions, this could have a serious and negative affect on them.

-Emergency Kit: In case none of that works and you still experience a roadside mishap, you want to be prepared. Make sure you've got an emergency kit in your vehicle at all times, including flares, a white flag, a flashlight, a first-aid kit, a cell phone, some jumper cables, extra water, the proper medicines and some nonperishable food.

Contact Howard Law, PC today, if you or a loved one has been injured in a car accident. Call today for a free and confidential consultation to discuss your case. 1-800-872-5925.

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