Tips to stay safe while traveling this holiday weekend

Tips to stay safe while traveling this holiday weekend

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by KATIE KILLEN / NBC Charlotte Staff

WCNC.com

Posted on May 24, 2013 at 6:44 AM

Updated Friday, May 24 at 7:02 AM

CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- NBC Charlotte is looking out for you, as thousands of Americans prepare to hit the road this summer. 

Experts recommend a few safety checks, before you take off. 

According to Dac Brown of Fort Mill Tuffy, "if you're traveling long distance, you don't know where any of the shops are, so it's just best to a quick check up before you leave." 

Brown says, at the very least, drivers should measure their tire pressure, oil and coolant. 

"When you're driving a long distance, you want to make sure everything is good, especially with the tire pressure it, saves you on gas and helps with the wear of tires.  The coolant keeps the engine from overheating and engine oil keeps everything lubricated and makes sure it works properly," he said. 

Experts also remind parents to make sure their kids' car seats are properly installed before any road trip. 

According to the National Traffic Safety Administration, three out four cars seats aren't installed correctly. 

Britax makes car seats and is headquarterd in Fort Mill.  Joyce Kara is a product manager and says, "you need to install the car seat so it can't move more than one inch, left to right or front to back." 

She also recommends parents tighten the harness "so that you can't pinch at the shoulder, so then they're ready to go."

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