With road trip season kicking off this month, it’s time to ask that all-important question: Is your vehicle road trip ready? The last thing you want on your road trip is to run into car trouble — especially avoidable car trouble. In the weeks before your next road trip, be sure to check these four parts.
This is a quick check. Look for any corrosion or loose connections. If there is corrosion, it may be as simple as cleaning it off with a wire brush. If you notice excessive corrosion, it may be time for a new battery, or you may need it checked out by your trusted mechanic.
You never want to go on a road trip without a brake inspection. If you recently had a brake inspection or had new brakes installed, a quick look should be sufficient. But if it’s been a while — or you can’t remember the last time you had your brakes inspected — it’s a good time for that.
Your vehicle requires a number of different fluids to operate efficiently and effectively. If you haven’t had an oil change recently (or in the last year), now is the time to take care of it. It’s also a good time to top off brake fluid, transmission fluid, coolant, and wiper fluid.
Just like everything else on this list, if you haven’t purchased new tires recently, take a good look at your current set. You never want to take a high-mileage trip with questionable tires. Check tire pressure and tire tread. Pressure is easy enough to fix, but if your tread is getting worn down, it may be time for a tire investment.
With all that said, one of the best things you can do before a road trip is schedule routine maintenance. That way, your vehicle gets all of its systems checked out and if there is an issue, you can get it taken care of worry-free. You’ll know your vehicle is ready to go when you’re ready to go!
Be sure to take advantage of our special summer travel maintenance package. Call or schedule your appointment online today!