Summertime is finally here! You’re eager to take your well-earned vacation days, be out office, enjoy great food, and be in the presence of incredible scenery. It sounds like it’s time for a road trip. Although, even when the suitcase is packed and you’ve dropped the pets off for boarding, that doesn’t mean you’re ready to roll. You’re forgetting a key component to a successful road trip: a healthy car. Ensure your wheels are ready for the road with these tips!
Check on the Tires
Every road trip starts on the wrong foot when your tires are in bad shape. If you aren’t diligent about rotating your tires and checking your tire pressure, you might find yourself stuck in the middle of nowhere with a blown tire. And no one likes to delay their vacation! Take the time to perform the quarter trick on your tires to check the tread. Then, make sure your tire pressure matches what your owner’s manual recommends.
Test the Brakes
Don’t ignore that unbearable squeaking sound. The roads can be very dangerous when your brakes are not operating properly, and the last thing you want is your brakes to go out when you need them most. It’s time you have your brakes inspected by an auto professional. It may be that you need new brake pads, rotors, or a full, fresh set.
Replace Your Wiper Blades
Wiper blades are always forgotten about. When you’re traveling in unfamiliar areas, you never know when it’s going to break out in a summer downpour, and you want wiper blades that can keep up with the pace. Also, make sure you have plenty of wiper fluid to keep your windshield squeaky clean during your road trip.
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Don’t Sweat it
Now that it’s June, the heat is officially cranking up. Don’t conquer several hours down the road without your air conditioning kicking. If you notice a decrease in the coolness of the air as you get down the road, it may be time to purchase a new cooling system.