Summer travel tips ensure car and home safety

Summer travel tips ensure car and home safety

LUBBOCK, Texas -

Summer time in Texas is the height of travel season. That means more people hit the highways for long roads trips or vacations. 

There are many ways to ensure cars and homes are protected for safe traveling. 

"Heat affects cars primarily with tires because with increase temperature of the outside increase heat within tires which causes blowouts," Brad Birdsong, owner of Birdsong Automotive, said. 

He said tire maintenance is one of the most important things to look out for when preparing for long distance travel. 

"If you're getting a little vibration you can have them balanced. That's not very expensive and makes your ride a whole lot more comfortable, especially if you're traveling eight to 10 hours in the heat," he said.

He also suggests regularly checking coolant levels to ensure the engine is kept cool properly. He said to also be aware of any engine corrosion. Routinely maintaining vehicles can save money in the long run. 

"So, if you just keep up with your maintenance, spend a little bit instead of a whole lot, then you can get your vehicle to last for five to 10 years," he said. 

Along with car maintenance, protecting homes is other thing to plan for when going out of town. 

"So, when we're talking about home burglaries or residential burglaries we actually do see a spike during the summer months," Tiffany Taylor, Public Information Officer with the Lubbock Police Department, said.

She said to avoid becoming a target, create the illusion someone's home. 

"Don't let the newspapers or mail pile up. If you can have a trusted friend or neighbor check in on your house every once in a while, maybe leave a light or two on," she said. 

Taylor also advises double checking that everything's locked. When it comes to social media wait a few days before posting vacation pictures. 

"Don't advertise that your home will be empty for the next week or two weeks," she said, "that can definitely make you a target. So, wait to post those pictures of you at the beach or you on your vacation until after you get back home." 

She said the department offers a house watch program and an available officer will drive by homes as an alternative. 

 

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