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Tips for safe summer driving

Motorists in New York will no doubt be setting out for many fun and exciting adventures this summer. However, along with the beautiful weather comes many driving risks, some of which may prove deadly if drivers are not adequately prepared. In this case, the following summer driving trips are essential to keeping safe and secure behind the wheel.

AutoTrader.com urges caution when taking to the road, especially when on long road trips. In this case, undergoing proper vehicle maintenance is not only a practical issue, but also a safety concern. Top off essential fluids, have tire pressure checked and ensure that your wiper blades are up to snuff. More comprehensive checks, such as those involving engine belts and hoses, is also recommended if it's been more than a few years.

You'll also want to put together an emergency kit in the event your car breaks down. Kits should have a good selection of first aid supplies, flares for alerting other drivers, jumper cables, a flash light in the event your car breaks down at night, as well as any other crucial supplies. Having a tire jack and spare is also important, and you should be well-versed in the process for changing a tire.

Additionally, Forbes recommends taking special care with tires over the summer to prevent a blowout. Increased heat can degrade tires, which is why it's so important to ensure they are properly inflated at all times. Check tire pressure before driving for a true reading, and make sure you are filling them with the right amount of air to boost fuel economy.  

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