Summertime is made on family road trips to the beach or lake. Being prepared with the proper car maintenance and checklist prior to your trips are essential to avoid any delay.
Sometimes we tend to neglect our car maintenance because we don’t feel like coughing up the money or spending the time taking it into the shop. Whether one of these are true, your car won’t forget while you’re cruising down the highway and it suddenly breaks down.
There are many reasons for your car to stop working. If you’re wanting to avoid the chaos of stopping alongside the road for help, prepare a checklist to ensure you and your family’s vacation relies on fun and not a towing.
- Oil is essential to your vehicle, it’s like running a marathon and not receiving water. Checking your oil levels or sticker in the upper left hand corner of your window for the oil change due date before heading off on your adventure is vital to ensure a smooth ride.
- Hoses and belts are the mechanical pieces to your car. Having the hoses and belts examined by our automotive repair professionals will help prevent fractures, breaks, or blisters. Some good indicators to get these two checked out would be if you’re hearing loud screeches from start to stop or if they haven’t been replaced in years, it’s probably best to get those fixed before your summer road trip.
- Tire pressure and treads are another important item because the tires are what come in contact with the road. Having insignificant tire pressure and terrible treads could cause a flat tire. Your driver’s side door should tell you what the tire pressure should be for each tire on your car. Checking the pressure with a gauge is smart to do before heading down the road for miles of a trip! The tread of your tires is what keeps the car in line with the road marks. If you indicate uneven or worn out treads, it’s time for a change. A great indicator is a bubble in the sidewall.
- Brakes help you from crashing into the person in front of you at a stoplight. Checking the brake fluid and brake components is essential before hitting cross country. Without the proper oils and up-to-date elements, the brakes will start rusting and wear down to nothing. Having a “flush” every couple of years will keep your brake system alive.
- The battery in your car is the lifeline. Having an older vehicle, it’s best to check that the terminals are corrosion-free and that the positive and negative leads are tight. When you’re starting up your car and you hear a pause or sluggish sound, your car’s battery might be dying or there could be corrosion. The worst thing on a road trip would be to have a dead battery because most likely you’ll have to purchase a new one.
Having your summer road trip checklist that consists of various vehicle points will save your family vacation by being prepared and providing a smooth car ride.