The Best Car Safety Tips for 2017

Driving safely is just one aspect of being a responsible car owner. Even if you are renting, borrowing, or leasing a vehicle for a short period of time, you’ll need to ensure the car is safe for yourself and your family. Before embarking on a road trip – even for short weekend getaways, consider utilizing some of these tips to stay safe this year.

Car Safety Tips for 2017

Ask family members, mechanics, and auto stores to help you learn how to check all of your car fluids – the more you know, the more you can help yourself in an unexpected situation.

Learn how to change a tire – getting stuck in the middle of nowhere with a flat, or even having to wait an hour for a professional service can be dangerous in unfamiliar locations.

Keep a car tool kit/emergency kit in the vehicle, as well as road flares, a change of clothes and comfortable shoes, a car phone charger, non-perishable snacks, and a tire repair kit in the truck of your car.

Road trips require planning. Choose the safest route and give yourself enough time to reach your destination. You don’t want to be stuck driving at night or forced to pull over and sleep on the shoulder.

Keep your vehicle locked at all times. Whether you are parked or pulled over for a few minutes, don’t make it easy for thieves to steal your car or the items in it. Make sure windows and doors are locked when you park it, and do not leave valuable objects in plain sight.

Wear your seat belt at all times while inside the vehicle, even if you are not moving. In the event of a crash, seat belts are designed to keep you inside the vehicle, and reduce the risk of hitting your head/neck with the steering wheel, dashboard, or windshield.

If you are looking to purchase a new car, pay attention to important safety features like air bags, head injury protection elements, head restraints, anti-lock brake system, traction control, all-wheel drive, electronic stability control, and weight.