Summer is just around the corner, and that means summer traveling is about to jump into high gear. However, before you jump behind the wheel of your car to start your journey, it’s important to make sure that everything is in working order and ready to carry you and your passengers safely to your destinations.
As part of the state government’s plans to improve road safety, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo declared the week of May 22-29 as Vehicle Safety Week in the state and is urging every new Yorker to run through a list of safety checks, including:
- Check brake and radiator fluids
- Check tire pressure levels
- Check windshield wipers for wear
- Make sure that nothing is broken or needs replacing
- Check out safercar.gov for any vehicle recalls
In addition to checking your vehicle to make sure it’s prepared to handle your driving plans, you should also prepare yourself in case the worst happens and your car breaks down or if you’re stranded after an accident.
"Just as a family checks to make sure all the suitcases are properly packed and that there is sufficient bug spray and sunscreen, it is even more important to take the time to make sure the vehicle is working properly,” said DMV Executive Deputy Commissioner Terri Egan. “Nothing ruins a vacation like being stranded on the side of the road or, worse, being in an easily preventable accident. We want all New Yorkers’ vacations to be memorable for the right reasons, not the wrong ones.”
Items to keep in your travel safety kit:
- Windshield wiper fluid
- Jumper cables
- Tire pressure gauge
- Hazard road markers
- Phone charger