Before you hit the open road on your summer road trip, you'll want to make sure your car is in tip-top shape. After all, you don't want to end up stranded on the side of the highway with a flat tire or a broken-down engine.
Here are a few things you should do to get your car ready for a long road trip:
1. Check your oil level and change it if necessary.
The oil is what lubricates your engine, so it's important to keep it at the correct level. If it's too low, your engine could overheat. Check your car's owner's manual to see how often you should change your oil.
2. Check your tire pressure and tread depth.
Under-inflated tires can lead to a blowout, and worn-out tires will decrease your traction, which could be dangerous if you're driving in bad weather conditions. Use a tire pressure gauge to check that each of your tires is inflated to the correct level. You can find the recommended tire pressure for your car in the owner's manual or on a sticker inside the driver's door.
3. Check your battery.
A weak or dead battery is one of the most common reasons for a car breakdown. To see if your battery needs to be replaced, take a look at the connections. If they're corroded, you'll need to clean them or replace the battery. You should also test your battery with a voltmeter to see if it's holding a charge.
4. Get your car serviced.
If it's been a while since you've had your car serviced, now is the time to do it. This will help you avoid any major breakdowns on the road. During a service appointment, a mechanic will check your car's fluids, brakes, and tires, among other things.
5. Pack an emergency kit.
Even if you do everything right, there's always a chance something could go wrong on your trip. That's why it's important to pack an emergency kit with items like jumper cables, flares, and a first-aid kit. You should also have a spare tire in case you get a flat.
By taking these steps to prepare your car for a long road trip, you can help avoid any potential breakdowns and make sure you have a safe and enjoyable journey. Bring your car to Endurance Auto Repair and Tire for a quick inspection today!