As the warm weather approaches, it’s important to keep in mind key safety precautions when hitting the road. Whether you’re heading out for a road trip or a quick errand, it’s essential to ensure a smooth and secure journey. Our esteemed roadside assistance company highly values proactive preparation and would like to offer you some essential summer driving tips to help maintain a safe and healthy experience on the road.
Flat Tire? We can assist you in no time. With the temperatures in Salt Lake City rising so high in the summer, we’d like to provide you with a few tips that will only take a few minutes of your time now but will prevent you from a lot of headaches and time lost in the future. Remember, the best Salt Lake roadside service experience is one that you didn’t have to have in the first place.
Now that the temperature is much warmer, you’ll want to make sure that your tires are properly inflated. Heat will cause your tire pressures to increase, so it’s important to double check that your tires always have the recommended pounds per square inch (PSI) of air in them. Checking the pressure in your tires when they are COLD is very important. If you check them while they’re hot, then you can easily record an incorrect reading and risk them actually being underinflated once they cool off. Or worse yet, if they are overinflated then you chance them blowing out while you’re driving as they heat up. Tires work best at their correct PSI, both for the comfort of your ride, as well as to get the best gas mileage possible. Both overinflation and underinflation can cause issues like uneven wear and decreased gas mileage. “But Roadrunner, how do I know what the proper PSI is for my specific tires and vehicle?” Don’t worry that’s an easy one. If you aren’t certain what the correct amount of air to put in each tire is, that’s okay. Just open your driver’s door and take a look in your door jam. There will be a sticker in the door jam that will tell you the correct PSI to put into all of your tires, including your spare– when necessary. Generally speaking this will be between about 32-36 PSI unless you’re driving an RV or a truck of some sort. Then it could be higher.
Speaking of your spare tire. Whenever you get your oil changed, it’s important to not only rotate your tires to prevent uneven wear– as most people are aware of. However, let me suggest one thing further that will save a huge headache at some point down the line. Whenever you get your tires rotated, make sure the tire place double-checks the pressure in your spare tire, too. The spare may be located in the trunk or in the case of an SUV, minivan, or pickup, it may be underneath the vehicle.
At least 95% of the time we get sent to change a flat tire here in Salt Lake City the spare tire is flat too. Not just a little flat either, more like it has between 0-10 PSI when it should be reading at 60 PSI. Of course, it can be aired up, if it’s not damaged, but that just means that much longer you are sitting on the side of the road. And let’s be honest. Not a whole lot of driver’s carry an air compressor in their trunk just in case of emergency. And for safety’s sake, the sooner you can get away from the side of a busy street, the better it is for you.
Time to remove some of that winter gear you’ve been hauling all winter and replace it with a few extra bottles of water, sunscreen, a couple of non-perishable light snacks, such as peanuts or trail mix, an umbrella, and even some aloe vera may not be a bad idea.
While you now don’t have to worry about freezing to death if your vehicle were to break down somewhere, the concern now is overheating. This is Utah, so the weather can be awfully hot during the day, and chilly once the sun drops out of the sky. Leaving at least one blanket in the trunk may not be such a bad idea. We recommend carrying a few water bottles for you and any passengers, but also a gallon of water for any emergencies like for the radiator or even if you run out of wiper fluid and can’t see really well.
These are just a couple of the basic things you can do to keep your vehicle running smoothly and economically. And in the worst-case scenario, it prepares you in case you’re stuck on the side of the road directly in the sun and heat with no way to get cooled off. We at Roadrunner Professional Roadside always attempt to quickly get to our stranded customers, but depending on where a motorist has a breakdown, it may take a while, especially if one is in the middle of the desert or on days where it seems everyone has needed roadside assistance, but we’ll attempt to keep you informed as much as possible if we need to update our ETA. Rest assured we do everything we can to get to you as quickly as we possibly can. We treat our customers just like we would treat our own parents, children, and friends. You’ll recognize the Southern Hospitality nearly immediately after starting to speak with us.
If you do find yourself stranded with a flat tire, or out of gas anywhere near Salt Lake City, Park City, Wendover, Draper, Lehi, Bountiful, West Valley City, or anywhere in between, give us a call. We are available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. Hopefully, you’ll have an idea where you’ve broken down, but if you don’t that’s okay too. Our dispatch software can locate you just by sending you a text. All you have to do is agree to share your location. This is especially useful for people that like to go hiking and camping and may not be able to give us a street name or address. So long as you are in need of Salt Lake City Roadside Assistance, We WILL find you and get you help.
Just know that if you ever do have to call for Salt Lake City Roadside Assistance or a roadside service anywhere in Utah — whether you need to have your vehicle unlocked, to get a flat tire changed out, need a jump start, a new battery, or you need fuel or gas delivered to you – these may not be the ideal circumstances to meet someone- but we do our best to make the experience as quick and painless as you could possibly hope for it to be.
By following these simple tips, you can enjoy a stress-free and safe driving experience this summer. Remember to always wear your seatbelt, keep your vehicle maintained, and stay hydrated on long drives. If you experience any issues on the road, don’t hesitate to give us a call. Our team of experts is available 24/7 to assist with any needs you may have. Stay safe and have a great summer on the road!