Getting Your Car Ready for a Road Trip

Getting Your Car Ready for a Road TripIt's getting to be that time of year when families and friends pack up their cars and hit the road for their great American road trip. If you're planning on covering some extra mileage this spring or summer be sure that your car is up for the task. By performing a few checks and having routine auto maintenance completed you can help prevent the possibility of needing to make a pit stop at an auto shop along the way. Here's what to consider for your pre-trip inspection.

Oil Change

If your car is anywhere near due for an oil change go ahead and have it done now. Fresh oil will prevent harsh engine friction and restore engine performance and fuel economy.

Belts & Hoses

All belts and hoses should be inspected prior to a long trip. If your vehicle is due for a timing belt replacement don't hesitate to have it done. Blown hoses or snapped belts could wreak havoc on the motor.

Fluid Top Off

Make sure your car has ample fluids, including the transmission fluid, coolant, brake fluid and power steering fluid.

Battery Check

It's a lot cheaper to purchase a new battery than to hire a tow truck and buy a new battery. A local auto shop can test your battery for you.

Lights & Wipers

Since you will be spending much time on the road be sure all headlights, tail lights, blinkers, reverse lights, brake lights and other exterior lights are working properly. Also be sure to test your wipers, as you don't want to get caught in a downpour with bad windshield wipers.

Tire Check

Ensure that the tires are properly filled and have sufficient tread. If you notice any cracked or bubbling rubber you ought to have the tires replaced prior to heading out.

Scheduled Maintenance

Your car's owner's manual will outline its scheduled maintenance needs. Perform any maintenance that is necessary or will be necessary before leaving. Doing so will improve performance and fuel economy. This may include installing new spark plugs are a fresh air filter or new fuel filter.

Safety Kit

You never know what will happen on a trip so ensure you stock a safety kit in your trunk that includes first aid items, safety triangles, road flares and water.

Road trip are fun, if you don't break down. If you need pre-trip auto maintenance in Katy head to Auto Check. Our team of expert auto maintenance experts will ensure that your vehicle is ready to go! Anytime you need auto maintenance in Katy, call the friendly team at Auto Check at (281) 815-2351 to schedule an appointment.

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