Road trips are an exciting way to explore new places and make unforgettable memories with family and friends. However, before hitting the open road, it’s important to prepare your vehicle to ensure a safe and enjoyable trip.
A few essential tips for road trip preparation:
Start with the Basics: Before you hit the road, there are some essential items you need to have. First and foremost, ensure you have a reliable GPS system, and carry a backup printed map. Next, carry sufficient water and snacks, along with the necessary documentation such as driver’s license, registration, and insurance. Always carry some cash for emergencies, a car charger for your devices, and an emergency roadside kit that includes jumper cables, a flashlight, and basic tools.
Check Tires: Tires play a critical role in your safety on the road, so it’s essential to check them before your trip. Check your tire pressure and ensure they are properly inflated. Also, check for any visible signs of wear and tear, and ensure that your wheels are in balance, and the car is tracking straight. If you notice any vibrations while driving, get them checked.
Refill Fluids: Refill windshield fluid and check your wiper blades for any signs of wear and tear. A full-service oil change is also necessary to keep your engine running smoothly.
Professional Inspection: Take your vehicle to a professional mechanic for inspection and repair. Request that they check the air filter, cooling system, timing, and serpentines belts to ensure they are in good condition. It’s also important to have your brakes checked to ensure they have at least 50% functionality, if not more. Have your brake pads serviced or replaced if needed. Test the battery, and if needed, replace it.
Check Your A/C: Summer temperatures can be brutal, and you don't want to find out your A/C system is malfunctioning in the middle of your trip. Take a test drive with the air conditioner running and check if it's cooling effectively. If you notice a decrease in cooling capacity, stop by or call Old Town Auto Service for a diagnosis.
By following these tips, you can make sure your vehicle is in top shape and ready for the open road. Your friendly and knowledgeable experts at Old Town Auto Service are here to help you get ready for your next road trip. Plan ahead and give us a call to schedule your appointment today! We want you to enjoy your trip and get back safely.
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