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Friday, May 1, 2015

How to Get Your Car Ready for a Summer Road Trip

Summer is almost here! Have you started thinking about when and where you want to go for vacation? Many people enjoy taking summer road trips, since they're a great way to see various parts of the U.S. (or the world, if you go international). They can also help to bring you closer to your family and friends. However, it's important to be sure that your car is prepared for the journey! Here are some important ways to get your car ready for your road trip:

dog in car on road trip

1.  Get an oil change – If you haven't gotten an oil change recently, now is a good time. An oil change will keep your engine in good shape and ensure that your car continues to run smoothly. It can also prevent a breakdown, which is the last thing you'd want to have happen during your road trip.

2.  Purchase new tires – How are your tires looking? Before heading out on the road, be sure to examine them. Check your tire pressure to make sure they have enough air and take a look at the treading and make sure they aren't bald. If they're pretty old, this would be a great excuse to invest in Nokian tires. This brand is incredibly high quality, and heavy duty enough to handle any conditions that you might face. On a road trip, you'll be driving many miles through numerous states and it's important to make sure your tires can handle the distance. With new, quality Nokian tires, you'll have one less worry.

3.  Check your air conditioner – You may be comfortable now, but come summer the temperatures will rise and you'll need good air conditioning. Spending a lot of time in a hot car will only make you and your passengers miserable, which is kind of beside the point of a good road trip. A car that is overly hot also runs the risk of overheating and shutting down. Be sure to test your air conditioner out in advance and fix any problems before hitting the road.

4.  Fill up on gas – Without gas, you won't be going anywhere! It's a good idea to make sure your tank is full before heading out so that you can get a good distance before you have to stop. And no matter how much fun you have singing along to "Life is a Highway" at the top of your lungs, keep an eye on the fuel gage. Also, have a GPS or phone, or simply map out where gas stations are before you go anywhere. Some areas of the country are sparsely inhabited, and you don't want to be an hour away from the nearest gas station and run out. And word to the wise: in some of these remote areas, gas stations close at around 10 P.M. and don't open again until the next day. When in doubt, fill up whether you are low or not!

Where will you be headed to during your summer road trip this year?



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