Are you planning a summer road trip? If so, you’ll want to make sure that a car checkup is on your pre-trip to-do list. You’ll be depending on your vehicle to get you safely to your destination and back home again, so it’s important to make sure everything is in working order. Here are some things you’ll want to check before you hit the road.
Check the Brake System
Make sure your brake pads are good, and that you have plenty of brake fluid. Also look at the battery connection. It should be tight and have no sign of corrosion.
Inspect the Tires
Do a thorough visual inspection of your tires. Do they have plenty of tread? Are they fully inflated? If your tires are underinflated, your car will not get its best gas mileage, and you’ll end up paying more for your trip! It’s also important to check for hazards like bulging spots or foreign objects in the tread.
Check the Hoses and Belts
Hoses and belts connect pretty much every system of your car, including the air conditioning system, which is pretty important in the heat of summer. Make sure their connections are tight and clean. The hoses and belts shouldn’t show signs of cracking or excessive wear.
Check the Fluids
Your car needs lots of different fluids, and you will not want to run low on them during your trip. Check the wiper fluid, oil level, coolant, brake fluid, and, of course, fill up your gas tank for a decent price.
Get a Professional Inspection
The most convenient way to get your car summer-ready is to let a professional perform an inspection and tune-up. Call us today to start preparing your car for the warmer months!