It’s that time of year again! The leaves are changing colors, the weather is getting cooler and it’s not too long before we’ll be bundling up for winter. This also means more people on the roads as we brave the colder temperatures.
Here at Murray’s Tire and Auto, we want you and your family to stay safe this fall and beyond.
Safety Tips for Fall Driving in Raleigh
Be Weather Aware
No matter how much driving experience you have, or what kind of weather you’re driving in, Never drive faster than what is safe for the current conditions of the road.
- Turn on headlights – While driving in bad weather, headlights not only help you see but will allow drivers to see you as well.
- Don’t use high-beam headlights – when driving in fog, Use your regular headlights or your fog lights. Using high-beam headlights will reflect light off the fog in front of you making it very difficult to see.
- Give yourself enough time to stop – It takes longer to safely stop when driving in inclement weather. Try to keep a safe distance between you and the driver in front of you.
Check Your Tire Pressure
If your car’s tires are overinflated or underinflated, you could cause some serious damage to your vehicle or even result in a car accident.
- Check recommended tire pressure – Look in your car’s owner’s manual or on the driver side door jamb for the recommended tire pressure (measure in PSI, pounds per square inch) of your vehicle’s tires. Keeping your tires in this range will help prevent any blowouts in the future or early tire wear.
- Have the right tools – For this, you’ll need a tire pressure gauge. This little gadget can be found in auto parts stores, gas stations, and even at most local grocery stores. You can also go with a digital version.
- Fill and adjust the tire pressure – Park your vehicle as close to the air pump as possible so the nozzle can reach around the vehicle to all tires. Try to line up the pump with the middle of your car so you can still open your door and there is an equal distance to each tire.
Traveling with Pets?
Pets need just as many safety precautions as humans to avoid flying off the seat the moment the driver slams on the brakes. Many of the comforts and precautions humans need, pets could also benefit from as well. Pet car seats could help with common traveling complaints like car sickness, ruined car interiors, or the discomfort from traveling for long hours.
Keep an Emergency Kit
Every vehicle should have an emergency supply kit in the trunk of their vehicle. Emergency kits should be checked every year and expired items should be replaced as needed. Below are just some of the items your emergency supply kit for your car should include:
- Jumper cables
- First Aid Kit
- Non-Perishable Food
- Fast Drying Clothes
To help get your vehicle ready for fall, contact Murrary’s Tire and Auto today! We provide a wide range of automotive services in Raleigh like new tires, oil changes, or air conditioning maintenance that will keep your vehicle running smoothly all season long. No matter what type of service your vehicle needs, our highly trained technicians at Murray’s Auto and Tire are here to serve you. Contact us at (919) 821-0573 for more information on how we can help prepare your car for the fall and the coming winter months.