Wiper blades should be replaced every six months, but it’s especially important that they’re replaced when getting road trip ready. Worn wiper blades limit your visibility significantly in rainy weather which means that you may not have enough following distance to avoid a collision in an emergency.
Before you drive off, you should also check your windshield for small chips and cracks and get them repaired before your road trip. Chips and cracks weaken the windshield, and it won’t protect you adequately if there’s a collision.
Keep a jack, lug wrench, and screwdriver in the trunk of your car in case you get a flat tire and need to change it.
It’s also a good idea to keep booster cables in your car in case your battery goes flat without warning.
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When getting your car road trip ready, make sure to keep some road flares or hazard triangles in your car so that you can alert other drivers if you have a mechanical breakdown.
Add an emergency medical kit, a flashlight with extra batteries, and a fire extinguisher, and you’re ready to face most of the challenges that a road trip may throw your way.
Even when your car is road trip ready, accidents can happen. Contact Orlando Auto Body at 480-351-1734 for a quote and advice if you have a collision.