Essential Driving Tips for a Post-COVID Shutdown World
Some states and cities are beginning to open up after the COVID shutdown. Whether your community starts opening up tomorrow or six months from now, there are some driving tips that should be followed. Keep reading to learn how to help prevent a car accident this summer or fall, and then contact Law Offices of Fernando D. Vargas at 909-982-0707 if you are involved in an accident and require help from an experienced attorney.
Have Your Car Serviced
If you are one of the many Californians that has been sequestered at home and traveling only for necessary reasons, then it is wise to get your car serviced before you start driving it regularly again. Ask your mechanic to check your oil and your battery. Get a tune up and have your tires rotated. Take a look at the recommended service by the manufacturer of your vehicle to see if anything else needs to be done.
Check to See if a Recall Has Been Issued
It is unfortunately all too uncommon for a vehicle owner to not realize that their vehicle is subject to a recall. You can call the local dealership to find out, or you can check your vehicles VIN on a site from the National Highway Traffic Safety Association. If your vehicle does have a safety recall, then you should go to the car dealer to get a free repair.
Take a Close Look at Your Tires
If you do not get a full tune-up and check done, at least take a close look at your tires. You should continue to check the inflation every month. The best time to do so is when the tires are “cold” – i.e. when the vehicle has not been driven for at least three hours. Your vehicle’s driver’s door pillar will have information on how inflated the tires should be. Make sure you are also checking your spare tire so that if something happens to your main tire, it will be able to get you to safety.
Keep an Eye Out for Other Types of Road Users
As it gets warmer and more businesses open, you are likely to see more people riding motorcycles, more people on bikes, and more people walking. They have the same rights and privileges as drivers do, yet they lack the protection you do.
Take actions to avoid accidents such as leaving more distance between you and a motorcycle than you would leave between you and a car, keep an eye out for pedestrians, do not pass a car that might be stopped to let a pedestrian or bike cross, and be especially attentive when near a school to prevent a pedestrian accident involving a child.
If you are involved in an accident, rest assured that Law Offices of Fernando D. Vargas is open as an essential business. You can request a free legal consultation by calling us at 909-982-0707 at your convenience.