CLARKSTOWN, N.Y. – Summer is a busy time for traveling and the Clarkston Police Department is offering the following tips for a safe and fun summer:
Keep Tires Inflated: Hot weather can affect tire pressure. Ensure that tires are properly inflated.
Check Tire Tread: Tires with good treads help with safe driving. Try this coin test to see if tires need replacing or not — take a penny and insert it upside down along the treads. If you can see the top of Lincoln’s head, those treads are dead and you need new tires.
Top Off Fluids: Make sure your vehicle's fluids are all at optimal levels. Get the oil changed before leaving for a big road trip.
Read Up on Recalls: The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s VIN Lookup Tool lets drivers enter a Vehicle Identification Number (VIN) to quickly learn if a specific vehicle has not been repaired as part of a safety recall. This tool covers recalls within the last 15 years.
Replace Wiper Blades: If wiper blades have been on for longer than six months, replace them. After six months, blades stop working well and could affect visibility while driving in the rain.
Plan for an Emergency: No one ever plans to get stuck on the side of the road, but emergencies do happen. Keep an emergency kit in the car, not only for summer road trips but also throughout the year. What should go in that kit? Jumper cables, a flashlight, paper towels, roadside flares, a first-aid kit, bottled water, car charger for cell phone and snacks like granola bars, among other necessities one might need if stranded.
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