How to Get Your Car Ready for Summer Road Trips
Going on a road trip in the summer is a time-honored tradition for many American families. Numerous factors go into planning a road trip, from mapping out the route to arranging accommodation to budgeting for the trip. Surprisingly, though, many people neglect one of the most important aspects of road trip planning: ensuring your vehicle is up to the task. Here's what you need to know about proper vehicle maintenance before a road trip.
For starters, you'll want to have your vehicle thoroughly detailed. You can also clean your vehicle inside and out yourself, but professional detailing will give you the best results. Over time, dirt from your shoes, spilled beverages and food, trash and other debris can build up in your car, and no one wants to sit on a sticky or dirty seat for a long ride. Having your car detailed before your road trip will ensure everyone's comfort while on the road.
Checking Important Features
You'll want to make sure that all of the most important safety features of your vehicle are in good working condition. This includes things like your brakes, headlights and taillights, windshield wipers, and mirrors. You may wish to have your battery tested as well. Fix any issues before you leave. The price of the repairs is well worth it in terms of keeping you and your loved ones as safe as possible during the drive.
Keeping Up with Maintenance
Don't just pay attention to your vehicle's maintenance when you are about to go on a long trip, though. You'll want to keep up with the regularly scheduled maintenance all year long. Today's modern vehicles don't have as many parts that need to be replaced regularly as older vehicles once did, but you do still need to have your engine checked periodically. Follow the manufacturer's guidelines in your owner's manual, or check with your mechanic to find out what needs to be done. The better care you take of your car over the years, the longer it will keep running with minimal issues.
Scouting Your Route
Particularly if you drive an older vehicle, you'll want to locate a few repair shops along your route in case anything goes wrong during your trip. Depending on where your route will take you, cellular service may not always be available, so you'll want to have this information written down somewhere to guide you when you can't get a signal. Bring along paper maps or save maps to your phone for offline use just in case you get lost along the way.
Here at AutoMotorSport & Collision, we'll be happy to assist you with all the repairs you need to get your car ready for your summer road trip. We are highly experienced in all types of automotive repairs for both domestic and imported vehicles. There's no need to take your car to the dealership when you work with us. Schedule an appointment with us today!