Keep Your Car On The Road To Safety And Savings
North American Precis Syndicate
Proper precautions and preparation can help you stay safer on the road no matter what weather elements are thrown your way. (NAPS)
(NAPSI)—When the weather turns cooler, it’s a hot idea to
prepare your car for hazardous conditions.
Here are five tips that can help you outsmart winter:
1. Plan your trip. Check the
weather, road conditions and traffic along your route. Allow plenty of time
so you don’t have to rush. Familiarize yourself with directions and
maps before you go, even if you use a navigation app, and let others know
your route and anticipated arrival time.
2. Carry a safety kit. It
should include a snow shovel, broom and ice scraper for getting mud, snow and
ice out of your way and off your windshield; abrasive material such as sand
or kitty litter, in case your vehicle gets stuck in muck, ice or snow; jumper
cables; a flashlight so you’re not left in the dark; warning devices
such as flares and emergency markers so you can be seen on the side of the
road; blankets for protection from the cold; a cell phone with charger; and
bottled water so you stay hydrated.
3. Check your tires. Inspect
your tires—including the spare—at least monthly and before long
road trips. It takes only about five minutes. See that each is filled to the
vehicle manufacturer’s recommended inflation pressure, listed in your
owner’s manual and on the driver’s side door frame. Look closely
at the tread. Put a penny in, Lincoln’s head facing down. If you can
see all of Lincoln’s head, the tread depth is less than 1/16th
of an inch and it’s time for a new tire.
4. Stay up-to-date on your car’s
health. With an all-in-one connected car solution such as Hum by Verizon,
you can check the status of critical features including battery and engine
from your phone and detect problems before you hit the road. Hum automatically
sends alerts for hundreds of issues, including problems with the coolant,
alternator, electronics, wiring and more. It even gives you the Diagnostic
Trouble Code (DTC) so you can be on the same page as your mechanic.
5. Be prepared for accidents or breakdowns.
Connected car solutions can help you request roadside assistance for flat
tires, dead batteries, break- downs, lockouts, towing, fuel delivery and
more. If you do get stuck along the road, stay with your car and keep the
interior light on.
And when it matters most, crash response technology can make all the
difference. If you’ve installed a solution like Hum, it can detect a
crash and send emergency services to your location. An emergency contact can
be contacted in the event of an accident.
For further information and to see the system in action, visit www.Hum.com.
“With a connected car device such as Hum by Verizon, you can check your
battery and engine from your phone and detect problems before you hit the
road. It sends alerts automatically and can send help in an emergency. http://bit.ly/2QVo6uW”
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