How to Prepare Your Vehicle for Your Spring Break Road Trip
It’s important to do what you can to help ensure that your spring break road trip is breakdown-free and goes as smoothly as possible. A vehicle check-up and some basic car maintenance services before your trip can prevent a disaster or emergency situation from happening. There are certain systems in your vehicle that you should definitely check (or have checked out) before leaving. These 5 tips will help you to have a safe trip, without any unwanted adventures involving a vehicle breakdown.
Tip 1: Checking the Battery
Your vehicle’s battery should be fully charged and able to sustain you while on the road. You’ll want to check battery levels by examining the amount of fluid in the battery. Always make sure your vehicle’s battery is charged and able to hold during long trips on the road.
Tip 2: Keeping Your Tires Rolling
Flat tires are one of the most common reasons for a breakdown on a road trip. Before you leave, check the amount of air in each of your tires, making sure they are full and are able to hold without going flat. You also want to check the gauge of the tire treads, making sure they are 3/4 inches and with strong traction. Rotating or changing tires before you leave can help you to avoid unnecessary breakdowns. Making sure any spare tires are in good condition is a smart idea too.
Tip 3: Check Vehicle Fluid Levels
Making sure all your vehicle’s fluids are filled and in top condition is critical. Engine oil should be at a full level before you leave for a trip. Also be sure to check the transmission fluid levels, wiper fluid and antifreeze as well. Checking each of these essential fluids equates to a safer trip.
Tip 4: Make Sure You Check Your Brakes!
Faulty brakes can lead to dangerous situations, especially during longer trips. Checking the brake pressure in your vehicle is an essential car maintenance item. This includes measuring your brake pressure, as well as brake fluid in the car, all of which will make your trip easier when going and stopping.
Tip 5: Clicking Into Electrical Equipment
It is sometimes the smaller elements of a vehicle that can lead to problems while on the road. Your vehicle’s maintenance should also include the checking of all your car’s electrical equipment. Your windshield wipers, windows and turning signals should all be in top order and easy to use. If you have a GPS or other connected devices, then you will want to include this in the inspection as well.
With basic check-ups and routine vehicle maintenance you’ll be able to get to your destination safely. A little preparation goes a long way. For expert diagnosis of any issues your car may be exhibiting, call AAMCO Lee’s Summit today for a convenient appointment. We’ll help to make sure that your next road trip is a safe one.