ROCHESTER, N.Y. (WROC-TV) - The New York State Department of Motor Vehicles has announced the first-ever Vehicle Safety Week in New York State, drawing motorists’ attention to the need to make sure their cars are safe for the summer driving season.
The DMV says the time between May 22 and May 29 will be used to encourage motorists to check fluids, tire pressure, battery life, windshield wipers and other safety measures to make sure their vehicles are ready for summer travel.
The DMV says Motorists can also check safercar.gov for information on recalls that could affect their vehicles to ensure all fixes are complete before taking to the road. DMV and the Governor’s Traffic Safety Committee recently produced a video highlighting the importance of the website in finding important recall information.
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, there are 11,000 crashes every year as a result of faulty tires alone. Almost 200 people die each year nationwide in crashes where improperly inflated tires were a factor.
The website safercar.gov details what recalls are in effect for vehicles so that motorists can quickly identify what needs to be done. You can even sign up for alerts for any future recalls that might affect your car, SUV or pickup truck.
The DMV says in hot weather, motorists are urged to be certain their cooling systems are working well to avoid overheating both for the car itself and for the people inside it. Make sure your windshield wipers are not worn and that you have enough wiper fluid to keep your windshield clean.
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.
View Governor Cuomo’s proclamation here.
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