Summer months we tend to think of as the safer time of year to drive, but it’s actually when most accidents happen. Because we think it’s safer, we tend to take more risks and driving conditions for granted. We are less likely to leave enough space between us and the car in front of us and more likely to speed. There are many ways, however, we can reduce the likelihood of an accident.
A lot of it is common sense, but we all know that it’s not a bad thing to be reminded of even some of the most obvious ones:
- Don’t drive distracted: this means no texting, no phone chatting, don’t look up your next destination on your GPS, no eating, no searching for your favorite radio station.
- Leave plenty of room between you and the vehicle ahead of you. Follow the 3-second rule under normal driving condition, giving yourself a full 3 seconds between you and the car ahead. During wet or frosty times, or when pulling a trailer, give yourself at least 4 seconds.
- Have your brakes regularly inspected. It’s never a good time to find out your brakes aren’t in tip-top condition when you need them the most. Have your brake fluid flushed once in a while too as the dirtier the fluid, the less it does it’s a job well. When it comes to your brakes, you want it all working in the best order as you want/need to come to a stop.
- Make sure to change out your wiper blades annually. This will help you see the road when you need to during inclement weather. It’s an easy item to put off, but you really do want to see the road ahead of you at all times.
- Check to make sure all lights are properly functioning. During your light inspection, include tail lights, brake lights, low and high beams, and turn signals.
- Mirrors need to be in place and in the right position. Especially if you’re driving a car that isn’t one you normally drive or if someone else has recently driven your car, make sure to position all the mirrors so they can best do their job.
- Check all of your fluids regularly to avoid an unnecessary breakdown. When you’re checking your fluids, take a moment to check the battery for corrosion. You’ll also want to have that tested every so often.
- Properly inflate your tires and know that there will be a fluctuation in tire pressure based on weather.
When your tires have the proper air pressure, the grip the road better, stop easier and will get you the best gas mileage possible. The team of experts at Robert’s Collision & Repair in Monterey will always make your safety their number one priority. We have the mechanical and technical skills and equipment to care for your vehicle under the hood as well as what it takes to make it look great for years to come. Whether you need a detailing service, auto body work, or auto service or repair, make your appointment with Robert’s Collision & Repair today! See you soon!