SPONSORED

3 Easy Ways You Can Get Your Car Ready for Your Summer Trip

Jun 14, 2018, 11:11 AM | Updated: Jan 22, 2020, 3:59 pm
Road trips can be dangerous in the extreme heat....
Taking a road trip when it's hot out can lead to big problems. Extreme heat can wreck havoc on your car and more. (File photo)
(File photo)

This KSL CrimeWatch article is sponsored by XFINITY Home from Comcast. XFINITY Home provides a total home security solution that includes 24/7 professional monitoring, access from anywhere, even on our TV with X1 and more! Learn more about smarter home security today!


You’re getting ready for what you hope is going to be a fun road trip vacation for your family this summer. You’ve thought of everything. You’ve planned where you are going to go. What you want to see. And even people you want to visit! But have you thought about the safety of your car and the people you love inside? Is it ready to take such a big trip? Former SLC PD Chief Chris Burbank talks about how you can get your car ready for your summer trip.

1. Check Your Tires

Photo: Getty Images

This one is essential. Having your tires checked before a road trip could save time, money and possibly lives. Bald tires can lead to flats or blowouts and are especially dangerous on slippery roads in case that summer shower hits unexpectedly. While you may not always need brand new tires, sometimes a quick rotation or air fill up is enough to get you safely to and from your destination.

2. Pack Some Essentials

Photo: Storyblocks

You don’t want to live your life always expecting and being afraid of the worst to happen, but being prepared for misfortune will give you peace of mind and make your summer fun even more…well fun! The simplest, yet smartest thing you can do is pack an emergency bag. Things you may find yourself grateful you have in the trunk include:

  • First Aid Kit (better safe than sorry)
  • Blankets or sweatshirts
  • Snacks (think non-perishable)
  • Water

A little water can go a long way. Of course for hydration, but also in a dire situation can even be used as a coolant for your car.

When you are getting your car ready for a summer trip, these things will be a great start. But remember, you can never be too prepared. Think of the things your family may need in a time of need and add those to your list.

3. Learn What You Can Do If A Problem Happens

Do you know what to do if a car accident occurs and no one is injured? What if someone is injured? Who should you call? Hint it’s not Ghostbusters. And it is not always 911. If you are positive no one is injured you should call the local police department first.

Photo: Storyblocks

What would you do if your car overheated? This is one of the more common problems in the desert climate in Utah, especially in the hot summers. Are you ready if your car overheats? Do you have extra antifreeze with you? Let your car cool down as much as possible, even if it’s hot outside. Then add antifreeze or water in a pinch. Just don’t add water if the engine is still hot. It could actually crack the engine block.

Photo: Storyblocks

If you get a flat tire you should pull over as soon as possible. But do not get out of the vehicle until you check all around and ensure there is no oncoming traffic and you have enough room to do what you need to do. If any type of incident occurs while you are traveling on the freeway it is safest to get off at the nearest off-ramp when it is safely possible.

Get Through Your Summer Trip Safely

with these simple tips, you’ll be cruising your way to an amazing memorable family vacation, instead of a total nightmare vacation. Make your car safe so you don’t have to worry about it. Leave more time to enjoy the road!

 

Today’s Top Stories

Sponsored

a worker with a drill in an orange helmet installs a door in the house...
Price's Guaranteed Doors

Home improvement tip: Increase the value of your home by weatherproofing doors

Make sure your home is comfortable before the winter! Seasonal maintenance keeps your home up to date. Read our tips on weatherproofing doors.
19 days ago
Image of a rock climber climbing a cliff in Utah...
Chandler Holt

Bank of Utah’s annual “My Utah” photo contest returns for third year

SALT LAKE CITY – Locally-owned Bank of Utah is inviting Utahn’s to share their favorite picture of Utah’s scenery for a chance to win some big prizes! This is the third year in a row that they have held this contest.  First place wins $500 and their picture featured on an electric billboard. Second and […]
2 months ago
Curb Appeal...
Price's Guaranteed Doors

How to have the best of both worlds for your house | Home security and curb appeal

Protect your home and improve its curb appeal with the latest security solutions like beautiful garage doors and increased security systems.
2 months ago
Two people dance while a crowd watches at the Utah Asian Festival...
Diana Khosrovi

Utah Asian Festival ‘a success’ after attracting over 20,000 attendees

The 45th annual Utah Asian Festival returned to Salt Lake City last weekend, and organizers called it a success.
3 months ago
...
Emily Ashmead

Senior scam prevention class- Utah Gives Back

Join us on July 21st at the Provo Recreation Center for a senior scam prevention discussion.
3 months ago
A paper reading IRS, internal revenue service is pictured...
Jordan Wilcox

The best strategies for dealing with IRS tax harassment | You have options!

Learn how to deal with IRS tax harassment. This guide will teach you how to stop IRS phone calls and letters, and how to handle an IRS audit.
4 months ago

Sponsored Articles

a worker with a drill in an orange helmet installs a door in the house...
Price's Guaranteed Doors

Home improvement tip: Increase the value of your home by weatherproofing doors

Make sure your home is comfortable before the winter! Seasonal maintenance keeps your home up to date. Read our tips on weatherproofing doors.
Curb Appeal...
Price's Guaranteed Doors

How to have the best of both worlds for your house | Home security and curb appeal

Protect your home and improve its curb appeal with the latest security solutions like beautiful garage doors and increased security systems.
A paper reading IRS, internal revenue service is pictured...
Jordan Wilcox

The best strategies for dealing with IRS tax harassment | You have options!

Learn how to deal with IRS tax harassment. This guide will teach you how to stop IRS phone calls and letters, and how to handle an IRS audit.
spend a day at Bear Lake...
Bear Lake Convention and Visitors Bureau

You’ll love spending the day at Bear Lake | How to spend a day at Bear Lake

Bear Lake is a place that needs to be experienced. Spend a day at Bear Lake.
Prescription opioids can be disposed of during National Prescription Take Back Day...
Know Your Script

Prescription opioid misuse | How to protect your family from the opioid epidemic

Studies have shown that prescription opioid misuse has increased since COVID-19. So what do you need to know about these opioids?
national heart month...
Intermountain Healthcare

National Heart Month: 5 Lifestyle Changes to Make Today to Keep You Heart Healthy

Heart disease is the leading cause of death for both men and women. One person dies every 36 seconds in the United States from cardiovascular disease
3 Easy Ways You Can Get Your Car Ready for Your Summer Trip