June 8, 2015
Summer is finally here and many people are busy planning their fun-filled road trip across the country. There is a lot to do before your wheels hit the open road, but make sure prepping your car for summer travel is on the top of your priority list. A fun summer road trip can end really fast if a vehicle hasn’t had proper maintenance for the hot roads and long distances. Here are some summer car maintenance tips to make sure your trip includes a flawless drive.
Make Sure Your AC Works
While the AC doesn’t have a whole lot to do with safety, sitting in a hot car for miles of a road trip is extremely uncomfortable. It may give you childhood flashbacks to your parents old beat up car before AC was standard in vehicles, but that doesn’t mean your family has to suffer through it! Test the AC while driving to work or running errands around town to ensure it blows cold the entire time. If not, it is time to get your AC recharged.
Check Headlights, Turn Signals and Windshield Wipers
Many people don’t think to check the miscellaneous functions on their vehicle before a road trip. Having a headlight or taillight out can result in poor visibility and possibly a ticket. Turn signals should be in working order to stay safe while driving. While you don’t want a downpour on your road trip, rain could happen so your windshield wipers should be in top working order. Consider applying RainX to your windshield for extra rain protection.
Fix Your Tires
There are a lot of miles on your road trip and every one affects your tires. Start your tires out right at the beginning to avoid problems down the road. Make sure your treads are deep enough for proper traction. You also want to adjust your tire pressure for summer driving. Tires should deflated because summer weather increases the tire pressure one pound per every 10 degrees.
Gas is not the only fluid you need to worry about on a road trip. Make sure your transmission fluid, antifreeze, radiator coolant, engine oil, brake fluid and windshield wiper fluid are at the optimum levels before going on your road trip.
Double Check Towing Capacity
Before you hook on a boat or camper or load your vehicle down with suitcases, double check your manufacturer’s guidelines on weight limits and towing capacity. If you are towing something behind the vehicle, check the trailer’s tires and brake lights while you’re at it.
Check Your Brakes
Chances are you are going to have plenty of opportunities to test out the responsiveness of your brakes on your road trip! People will stop unexpectedly to find their turn or you might encounter some daring wildlife crossing the highway. Your brakes should be dependable so you can avoid these dangers without damaging your vehicle or the people in it. Bring your vehicle in to be services so a thorough brake inspection can be conducted.