Summer is the perfect time for road trips, with the kids out of school and the weather nice and warm. However, it is important to make sure your vehicle is in good working order before heading out.
Taking the time to perform the proper maintenance helps prevent unnecessary breakdowns and ensures the car is running safely to minimize the chances of getting in a wreck.
1. Check tires
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, you should inspect your tires at least every month and before you take your vehicle out for a long trip. Check the pressure and inflate to the recommended pressure. Inspect the tread and replace tires that have lost most of it. You should also make sure your spare tire is in good working order.
2. Check and replenish fluid levels
For safe operation, you should make sure all the fluid levels, such as the oil, brake, power steering, windshield washer and automatic transmission, are at the proper levels. Also make sure you have enough coolant, as you will be using the air conditioning a lot.
3. Perform an overall vehicle check
If it has been a while since you have had an expert check your vehicle, now is the perfect time. Check the brakes, engine and other important components to make sure there are no issues.
4. Test the battery and lights
You want to ensure your battery has a full charge and that all the lights are in working order. Many auto shops will test these for free.
5. Inspect the wiper blades
Thunderstorms are common throughout the summer, especially in certain areas of the country. You would hate to be in one and not have wiper blades that work well. After a long and hard winter, it is often time to replace the blades.