Inspect Your Car Before You Hit the Road - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

12/20/04

Inspect Your Car Before You Hit the Road

Before leaving the driveway, you need to pop the hood and inspect your vehicle.

First, check hoses. If any are cracked, dry-rotted, worn or bulging, they need to be replaced before you leave. If the battery is dirty, you can clean it off with a wire brush dipped in baking soda and water. All fluids need to be checked and maintained. This includes anti-freeze, oil, brake, power steering and transmission fluids. Also take a look under the car to make sure fluids aren't leaking.

Now, moving on to the tires. Inspect tread wear and maintain pressure. Check the pressure when the tires are cold to get the most accurate reading. Scott Egert, Owner of Scott's Car Care says keeping tires maintained are essential for safety. "It just takes a low tire on the road and a blowout on road. There are so many things on a car you can prevent by checking it before you leave." Don't forget to make sure your spare tire and jack are in place.

Pack Safety First
Filling up the tank is just one "item" to check off "your to-do-list" this holiday season. Safe travel begins before you even pull out of your drive-way.

Moving inside your car, turn your lights on and off to make sure you don't have blown bulbs. Check your gauges and monitor those as you are driving. Spray some water on the windshield and test out the wipers. You don't want to get caught in a snow or ice or rain storm with broken wipers.

Finally, keep the gas tank at least half-full. That decreases the chance of moisture forming in the gas lines and possibly freezing. Safety Solutions to keep your holiday trip a safe one.

It's also best to get your car checked out by a professional before you leave. Most service centers offer free inspections.

  • Local News on KCBD.comNewsMore>>

  • Texas mourners endure grief that 'none of us can comprehend'

    Texas mourners endure grief that 'none of us can comprehend'

    Saturday, May 19 2018 11:51 PM EDT2018-05-20 03:51:30 GMT
    Sunday, May 20 2018 9:37 PM EDT2018-05-21 01:37:48 GMT
    (Jennifer Reynolds/The Galveston County Daily News via AP). April Salinas, second from right, her daughters Meah, 13, and Macee, 6, and Jeramiah Kelley read notes left at memorial behind Texas First Bank, Saturday, May 19, 2018 in Santa Fe, Texas. A gu...(Jennifer Reynolds/The Galveston County Daily News via AP). April Salinas, second from right, her daughters Meah, 13, and Macee, 6, and Jeramiah Kelley read notes left at memorial behind Texas First Bank, Saturday, May 19, 2018 in Santa Fe, Texas. A gu...

    The mother of one slain student said her daughter may have been targeted because she rejected advances from the suspect, who was an ex-boyfriend of her daughter's best friend.

    The mother of one slain student said her daughter may have been targeted because she rejected advances from the suspect, who was an ex-boyfriend of her daughter's best friend.

  • Cyclists tried to scare cougar but it attacked, killing 1

    Cyclists tried to scare cougar but it attacked, killing 1

    Sunday, May 20 2018 1:31 AM EDT2018-05-20 05:31:13 GMT
    Sunday, May 20 2018 9:37 PM EDT2018-05-21 01:37:10 GMT
    (Alan Berner /The Seattle Times via AP). Washington State Fish and Wildlife Police confer with an individual from the King County Medical Examiner's and a King County Sheriff's deputy on a remote gravel road above Snoqualmie, WA., following a fatal cou...(Alan Berner /The Seattle Times via AP). Washington State Fish and Wildlife Police confer with an individual from the King County Medical Examiner's and a King County Sheriff's deputy on a remote gravel road above Snoqualmie, WA., following a fatal cou...

    Authorities say the cougar believed responsible for the attack has been euthanized.

    Authorities say the cougar believed responsible for the attack has been euthanized.

  • Venezuela keeps voting stations open amid light turnout

    Venezuela keeps voting stations open amid light turnout

    Sunday, May 20 2018 12:22 AM EDT2018-05-20 04:22:02 GMT
    Sunday, May 20 2018 9:36 PM EDT2018-05-21 01:36:15 GMT
    (AP Photo/Ariana Cubillos). Venezuela's President Nicolas Maduro makes the victory sign after a meeting with former Spanish Prime Minister Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero at the presidential palace in Caracas, Venezuela, Friday, May 18, 2018. Maduro is se...(AP Photo/Ariana Cubillos). Venezuela's President Nicolas Maduro makes the victory sign after a meeting with former Spanish Prime Minister Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero at the presidential palace in Caracas, Venezuela, Friday, May 18, 2018. Maduro is se...
    Venezuelans vote Sunday in a presidential election with Nicolas Maduro expected to win a second six-year term, despite a deepening crisis that's made food scarce and inflation soar as oil production in the once...
    Venezuelans vote Sunday in a presidential election with Nicolas Maduro expected to win a second six-year term, despite a deepening crisis that's made food scarce and inflation soar as oil production in the once wealthy nation plummets.
Powered by Frankly