Prepare your vehicle for summer travel
Published at 10:53 on Thursday, May 25, 2023
JACKSON, MRS. –As the summer travel season approaches, the Mississippi Department of Transportation (MDOT) reminds drivers to prepare your vehicle for a safe and enjoyable trip heading into Memorial Day weekend.
“Before you start your summer adventures, it’s essential to prepare your vehicle for the upcoming travel season,” said MDOT Executive Director Brad White. “Having a thorough inspection and performing routine maintenance will not only increase your safety, but also ensure a smoother and more enjoyable ride. Start your summer journeys with confidence, knowing your car is ready to take on the adventures ahead.”
Basic vehicle maintenance will prevent potential problems on the road and make summer road trips stress-free. MDOT offers the following tips to help ensure your vehicle is holiday ready:
· Check tires for tread wear and proper pressure.
· Check your battery.
· Make sure belts and hoses are in good condition.
· Replace the wiper blades.
· Check all brake and head lights.
· Make sure your air conditioner is ready for the heat.
Fluid levels, such as oil, brakes, transmission, windshield, coolant, and power steering, should also be inspected before you hit the road. Another helpful tip that can make the difference in an unexpected situation is an emergency kit, including basic repair tools, jumper cables, first aid supplies, a flashlight and duct tape. Also, don’t forget a spare car key, kept in a safe place.
In addition to these vehicle preparation tips, MDOT encourages you to know before you go. You can access real-time road conditions by visiting MDOTtraffic.com or by downloading the MDOT traffic mobile app. These two resources keep travelers updated and help you navigate to the nearest rest stops and welcome centers.
These quick and easy steps can help you relax even more knowing that your car is prepared for this year’s road trip. For more summer travel safety tips and information, like and follow @MississippiDOT on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.
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