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How do I prepare my car for summer to avoid Highway 44 accidents?

The summer months are right around the corner, which means you should prepare your car now for the road trips you will embark on with family and friends. Preventive or routine maintenance for your car can help prevent accidents on the Dixie Highway. So, what can be done to prepare a car for summer?

An oil change and air filter replacement are important to keeping your car running smoothly. If you haven't changed the oil in quite some time, you could suffer engine issues that could lead to an accident along the Dixie Highway.

Make sure the tires on your car have been rotated recently. If it's been more than 5,000 miles since the last tire rotation, then now is as good a time as ever to rotate the tires. During this service, be sure to check the tires for wear, cracks and any other issues such as nails or rocks embedded in the treads. If a tire needs to be replaced, make sure you replace both on the same axle.

Ensure that all the lights on your vehicle work properly. Turn the car on at night and activate all of the lights. Ask a friend or family member to help with this project so one person can activate the high beams, the turn signals, the four-ways and the brake lights and the other can check to make sure all are working properly.

Windshield wipers can take a beating in the winter, so summer is the perfect time to replace them. Check the wipers for cracks or other issues that can prevent them from properly removing rain from the windshield during a storm.

If your brakes exhibit pulsing, noises or grabbing, they might need to be replaced. Do not mess around with brakes. They are essential to staying safe on Highway 44. Another sign of brake problems is an increase in required stopping distance.

If you plan on taking a road trip this summer, take your vehicle for routine service to prevent any issues. If you've been involved in a motor vehicle accident along the Dixie Highway, contact a personal injury attorney today.

Source: ASE, "Getting Your Vehicle Ready For Summer," accessed April 27, 2017

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