Be sure to check your vehicle before hitting the road this summer

It’s Vehicle Safety Week!

 

Be sure to check your vehicle before hitting the road this summer.

Whether you’re spending a day at Jones Beach or Grafton State Park, or planning a trip to Niagara Falls, all New Yorkers are urged to make sure their vehicles are as ready as they are.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo has declared the week of May 22-29 as Vehicle Safety Week in the Empire State. He urges all New Yorkers to have their vehicles examined to check brake and radiator fluids, that tires are properly inflated, that your windshield wipers are not worn, and that everything is in good working order. He also encouraged people to check safercar.gov to check for any recalls that might affect their vehicles.

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, there are 11,000 crashes every year as a result of faulty tires alone including 200 fatalities. The website safercar.govdetails what recalls are in effect for vehicles so that motorists can quickly get them repaired or parts replaced.

“Just as a family checks to make sure all the suitcases are properly packed and that there is sufficient bug spray and sunscreen, it is even more important to take the time to make sure the vehicle is working properly,” said DMV Executive Deputy Commissioner Terri Egan.  “Nothing ruins a vacation like being stranded at the side of the road or, worse, being in an easily preventable accident. We want all New Yorkers’ vacations to be memorable for the right reasons, not the wrong ones.”

It is also recommended that New Yorkers keep a summer travel safety kit in their car with windshield wiper fluid, jumper cables, a tire pressure gauge, hazard road markers, a flashlight, phone charger and water and snacks for passengers in case you are stranded. When checking that the tires on the car are properly inflated, make sure the spare tire is also in good condition in case you need it.

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