Summertime is TRAVEL TIME. Before hitting the road this summer, it is important that you take several simple precautions to keep your family safe and save money at the pump. Extreme heat and long drives can be tough on cars, specially in Florida. Few things spoil a family vacation more quickly than car trouble far from home. Following these pre-trip maintenance tips will ensure that your car is ready for the long road-trip ahead:
Maintain your air conditioning: Being without air conditioning on a hot summer day is not fun! If you suspect your air conditioner isn’t working properly it could be a leak in the system, it’s best to have a professional take a look before you hit the road.
Stay charged: Make sure your car’s battery and cables are securely attached and free of corrosion. Car batteries typically last three to five years.
Check tire pressure and brakes: High temperatures can put extra stress on your tires. Under-inflated tires are already subject to excessive friction, which causes heat, so if it’s hot outside those under-inflated tires are even more likely to fail. Not sure if you need a brake inspection? click here to find out.
Check your fluids: Fluids are critical to the overall health of your car. Your car needs oil to lubricate the engine, antifreeze to regulate its temperature, and washer fluid to maintain good visibility.
Make sure you have all emergency equipment inside your car, and that everything works properly: An accident is a scary event that countless people have to live through. It is always important to be as prepared as possible for when an accident does in fact occur. Emergency equipment includes: an up-to-date map, first aid kit, cell phone, spare tire, and emergency tools.
Remember your paperwork: You never know when you are going to need your important paperwork. Hopefully it is not because you have been pulled over! In any case, double-check that you have all of these documents in your car before you leave on a long trip.
Take your car in for a maintenance check: It’s not a bad idea to take your car to a mechanic for a quick tune-up and maintenance check before a long road trip. That way, you can enjoy your journey from the safety of your car, instead of the side of the road. If you bring your car to Royal Motors, included with every vehicle we repair we offer a fluid check & top off, tire pressure check & correction, and a bulb check at no extra cost.
This summer visit our shop and let us help you get your car ready for your road trip. Trust the experts to ensure your safety on the road. Also, don’t forget to check out our website to stay informed and save money. Royal Motors is your dealership alternative!