Although summer is almost over, the holiday season is fast approaching. This time of year means that you’re likely to enjoy a fun road trip to visit some family or friends and celebrate the season together with the ones you love. Whether it’s one last hurrah before school starts or a big Thanksgiving visit, there are a few things you should do to ensure that your vehicle is completely road-trip-ready. Check out these helpful tips that will make your car run smoothly no matter where you roam.
Tires and Battery
Before you hit the road, check your tires and make sure that they’re inflated to the proper pressure levels. Over or underinflated tires can lead to a blowout, which is definitely not something you want to deal with when you’re heading out of town. Check and then inflate your tires to the proper level to ensure that they last throughout the duration of your adventure. You should also check the battery to make sure it’s clean and holding a good charge. Your mechanic can perform a simple battery test and recharge it or clean off the contacts so your battery lasts.
Take a close look at all your fluid levels and top them off as needed. This includes everything from the oil and battery fluid levels to coolant and windshield wiper fluid. While you’re at it, check on your transmission fluid and power steering fluid levels, too. If anything looks low, now is the time to bring those levels back up to keep your car running smoothly. You should also schedule a coolant system service. This simple service will check your belts, hoses, and fluid levels so that you won’t have to worry about an overheated engine while you’re away.
Other Quick Road Trip Checks
Inclement weather can strike any time, so make sure your windshield wipers are in good condition. Do a test and make sure that the blades are smooth and free from nicks or signs of rotting. You should also pre-program your GPS and enter in the address of your destination. Bring a road map along for backup just in case you run into any problems. And finally, pack an emergency kit that includes bottled water, snacks, and a first aid kit just in case you need to call for help.
These quick and easy road trip tips will help to ensure that you and your family enjoy your adventure together and that you can drive there and back completely worry-free.
For all your auto maintenance and repair needs, call OneWay Automotive in Ardmore, OK today at 580-789-6606.