With so much on everyone’s mind this summer, many drivers are not taking the steps they normally would to lower their chance of being involved in a car accident. At The Law Offices of Larry H. Parker we want to see the number of tragedies reduced – not increased – so we are providing three steps that can help you drive safer in summer months. Contact us at 800-333-0000 in the event you are injured in a car accident and require assistance.
- Get Maintenance Done on Your Vehicle
- Check to See if Your Vehicle is Subject to Recall
- Take a Closer Look at Your Tires
Regular maintenance is important all year long, but it can be especially important if you have not driven your vehicle for a significant period of time. You should get it tuned up, have the oil changed, check the battery, and make sure that the tires are rotated. Taking these steps can help reduce breakdowns and ensure it is in good condition for traveling.
If you have not had your vehicle serviced recently, or if you are not sure of the service history of your vehicle, then it is time to schedule preventative maintenance. There are many mechanics practicing social distancing, just be sure to ask about their policies ahead of time.
It is often the case that when a person’s vehicle is subject to recall, they have no idea. The good news is that there are online resources that allow you to look up your VIN to quickly determine if you have any outstanding safety recalls. You can then sign up for email updates so that if your vehicle is subject to a recall in the future, you will be notified. Remember that any recall notices that require repair will be done at no cost to you.
If your tires are not properly inflated, you could end up seriously injured in an accident. Check the inflation at least monthly, and make sure you are doing so when you have not driven the car for at least three hours. While you are at it, check the tire pressure on your spare tire. The last thing you want is to have a tire blowout and find that your spare is out of air.
If you are not sure what the correct inflation is, check the inside of your driver’s door or in the owner’s manual. If you notice that the tread id word down to 2/32 or less, then you should replace your tires. If you can’t eyeball 2/32 of an inch, use what’s known as the penny test: Put a penny in the tread with Lincoln upside down. If you can see the top of his head, you need new tires.
If you are involved in an accident, and that accident was the result of someone else acting recklessly or negligently, contact The Law Offices of Larry H. Parker at 800-333-0000 for a free legal consultation.