Living Life on the Go? Be Sure To Stop and Check Your Vehicle

Heading home from work to pick up the kids to rush them to practice, to leave first thing in the morning for a weekend getaway, we’re always on the move. It’s important, however, to take a moment to pause and make sure your vehicle is still safe for you and others to be driving. It doesn’t take much for a tire to blow out, a bulb can burn out in a blink of an eye, or a small critter can seek shelter in your car while your back is turned. It’s important to routinely check for these things before hopping back in the car and heading off to the next place on the agenda.

Prevent a Flat Tire

Before you leave for work in the morning, walk around your vehicle and make sure all four tires still look and feel properly inflated. Tires can lose pressure when the temperature drops, or you could have driven over a nail or other sharp object that got stuck in your tire causing air to leak. Catching these things right away will prevent a tire from blowing out or prevent you driving on a flat tire to the point it can no longer be repaired. 

Light the Way

It’s also important to make sure all of your headlights, taillights, turn signals and brake lights are still in working order. When you’re heading out for a weekend trip, make it part of your pre-trip checklist to make sure your headlights and turn signals are still operating properly. If you have a passenger, have them get out and check that your brake lights are still working as well. Not having proper headlights, taillights, and turn signals not only limits your ability to see at night and your visibility to other nighttime drivers, but it can also lead to a fine. 

Save a Furry Friend

Mice and squirrels to domestic cats can all make their way into your vehicle, trying to warm up using the heat of the engine as your car sits unattended. Simply turning the key in the ignition in the morning could lead to a fatal fate for a small critter and cause problems for your vehicle. Before starting your car, bang the hood a couple of times beep your horn once or twice to startle any possible critters resting under your hood and scare them away.

We all live life on the go, but it’s important to make sure our transportation is in good condition before hopping in and going all the time. For other helpful tips and reminders, be sure to follow Winner Ford Cherry Hill’s blog posts and sign up for our email notifications. If your vehicle is in need of service from an oil change to brake repairs, bring in by our service center and we’ll be glad to get you back on the road as soon as possible!

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