If your summer vacation plans this year include a road trip,
then the last thing you want is for your car to break down. The summer heat,
dust, and traffic alone can take a toll on your car, not to mention the effects
of last winter. Not only can it be costly if your car breaks down, but it can
also be time-consuming and you may miss out on your trip entirely. The best way
to ensure that your car is ready for the long trip ahead is to complete a
pre-trip vehicle inspection and utilize the tips below.
Because summer weather can bring rain and thunderstorms that
make them less effective, you should pay special attention to your brakes. If
you notice any grabbing noises or screeching sounds, make sure to have your
brakes inspected by a professional.
Filling up on fluids will help you avoid an unnecessary
breakdown and any mechanical damage, and will keep your vehicle running
smoothly. Take a look at your engine oil, power steering, brakes, battery, and
transmission to determine if the fluid needs to be changed. Also, check your
gas cap and make sure it doesn't appear damaged – this will prevent gas from
spilling or evaporating.
When checking your tires, test the tire pressure and take a
look at the tread. Maintaining proper tire pressure ensures a safer drive,
since underinflated tires can cause a blow-out. Take a look at your tire for
tread life and any uneven wear and remember that tires should be rotated every
5,000 miles. Also, don't forget about checking your spare tire to ensure it's
in good condition in case you need to use it.
Since the summer brings hot and humid air, the last thing
you want is for your air conditioner to stop functioning. You should have the
system examined by a qualified mechanic for worn or damaged belts.
The lights on your car are one of the most crucial safety
features, ensuring that you can see and be seen by others. You should inspect
all the lights and bulbs in your car to ensure they work and replace any burned
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