Summer is just around the corner, and you know what that means, road trip season! Whether you are planning a cross-country adventure or a weekend getaway, it is important to make sure your car is ready for the journey. After all, the last thing you want is a breakdown in the middle of nowhere. So Frommer’s offers a guide to everything you need to know about getting your car ready for a summer road trip.
Check & Double-Check
First, start by checking your car’s fluids. That includes the oil, coolant, transmission fluid, power steering fluid, and brake fluid. You should also check your windshield washer fluid and top it off if needed. If you are not sure how to check these fluids, then consult your car’s owner’s manual. The manual will also tell you how often these fluids need to be changed or topped off.
Next, check your tires. You cannot go very far when your tires are in poor shape or when even one of your tires has a flat. Make sure they are properly inflated and have enough tread. You do not want to risk a blowout on the highway. You can check your tire pressure with a gauge or take it to a mechanic. You should also inspect your tires for any punctures or signs of wear. If your tires need to be replaced, then do it before your trip.
After checking your tires, give your brakes a once-over. That means checking the brake pads, rotors, and calipers. Make sure your brakes feel responsive and do not squeak or grind. If your brakes need work, then get them done before you hit the road.
Now it is time to check your car’s battery. Look for any corrosion on the terminals and clean it off with a wire brush. If your battery is more than three years old, then it is a good idea to have it tested before your trip. The last thing you want is a dead battery in the middle of nowhere. Lastly — but maybe most importantly — make sure your car’s air conditioning is working properly. You do not want to be stuck in a hot car for hours on end. If your A/C is not blowing cold air, then take it to a mechanic to be fixed.
In addition to these basic checks, there are a few other things to consider before your road trip. For example, make sure you have a spare tire and all the necessary tools to change it. You should also pack an emergency kit with things like jumper cables, a flashlight, and a first aid kit. It is also a good idea to plan your route and stops ahead of time. That way, you can estimate how much gas you’ll need and where you can fill up along the way. Plus, it is always good to have a general idea of where you are going, so you do not get lost.
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We Can Help
Getting your car ready for a summer road trip is not difficult, but it is important. By checking your car’s fluids, tires, brakes, battery, and A/C, you can avoid breakdowns and stay safe on the road. Come see us at Limbaugh Toyota to get a quick inspection to make sure you have many trouble-free miles ahead. And hey: Remember to pack an emergency kit and plan your route ahead of time. With a little preparation, you can have a fun and stress-free road trip.
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