Everyone loves the Summertime. We have the freedom to drive to different places and explore unknown areas. Going on long Road Trips seems to be something almost every family does together at one point or another during the hot summer months. But before you leave, you will want to make sure you have taken care of all of the following, so that you don’t get stranded.
1. Car Battery
Clean any corrosion build up, and test the cold cranking amps and voltage output to make sure it is at or above the batteries specs. If below specs, the battery is probably on it’s way out and should definitely be replaced.
Check pressure for manufactures suggested pressure. Also look for any damage to the sidewall dry rotting or cracks and/or foreign objects in the tread. If you find damage or foreign objects in the tread, the tire should definitely be replaced. Tires that are over 10 years old or have excessive dry rotting should be replaced.
3. Spare Tire
Even though your spare tire gives you piece of mind, you may want to make sure that it is in the proper condition to be used as a “spare”. Check the spare’s Tire Pressure as well as the outside of the tire for any damage. Make sure the jack and lug wrench are functioning properly. If your vehicle is not equipped with a spare tire, make sure to have a backup such as a spare tire flat kit. Also make sure that the kit is not expired. Yes, they do expire.
Before leaving on your trip, check to make sure all fluids are at top levels. Just don’t overfill them. Make sure to include the oil, transmission, power steering, coolant and windshield washer fluid.
5. Check Belts and Hose for any Signs of Cracks or Leaks
6. Check and Make sure the Horn functions Properly
Make sure all Lights on your vehicle are functioning. This includes the turn signals, brakes, headlights as well as hazard and interior lights.
8. Make sure you Windshield does not have any rock chips or cracks
9. Windshield Wipers
Make certain that the Windshield wipers are functioning at 100% capacity and their cleaning ability is flawless.
10. Front Bumper
Make sure to check for any obstructions in the grill as well as under the front bumper.
These are just the basics when it comes to auto maintenance prior to a roadtrip. Depending on the make, model, year and condition of your vehicle, some of these may or may not apply. Regardless, before venturing out on the road, the most important thing you can do for you and your passengers is make sure that they are safe. Once Safety is addressed, the Road Trip should go pretty smooth.
Wherever you decide to travel this summer, just make sure to Enjoy!
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