The official start of the spring season is nearing. With this transition, you can expect longer days, warmer temperatures, and the annual family vacation. If you and your crew have plans to hit the road for a family road trip, make sure your vehicle is road-ready. Learn what you can do now to help ensure you make it to your destination safely and on time.
Have you been riding around with the check engine light on for a few weeks? If your answer is yes, it’s imperative that you have this matter addressed before you hit the road for vacation.
You may be putting off the repair because your car seems to be operating just fine, but keep in mind that long-distance driving is more taxing on a vehicle than local driving. If you ignore repairs, you may find yourself stranded on the side of the road, in the middle of nowhere.
Inspect the condition of your tires to ensure they’re road ready. Start by examining how much tread remains using the age-old penny test. Place the coin in the tire groove upside down with the front of the coin facing towards you. If you can see all of Lincoln’s head, it’s time to replace the tire.
Also, check the tires’ pressure. Your manual will provide you with the exact pressure range you need to achieve. Make certain you don’t overlook this step, as under-inflation is the leading reason for tire failure.
Ensure all fluids are at a safe level, namely the engine oil and transmission fluid. Without adequate oil, friction builds up in the engine and causes overheating, and low transmission fluid levels cause the transmission to lock up. Now is also an excellent time to top-off your windshield washer fluid to make bug and debris removal easier when driving on the highway.
If you’re nearing the mile marker for your next oil change, go ahead and have this service performed before the trip. An oil change typically includes a fluid top-off and is an excellent way to get a general once-over by a professional.
Emergency Kit Prep
Breakdowns happen when you least expect it. If you’re on a road that is miles away from a populated area, it may take longer than average for assistance to arrive. An emergency kit keeps the entire family safer and happier while waiting. Start your kit with flares, a flashlight, and extra batteries.
In the event you’re stranded on a dark road, these items keep you visible to other motorists. You should also pack enough bottled water and snacks to satisfy your entire family and any pets for a couple of hours. Pack a portable charger so that you can keep your cell phone charged.
Roadside Assistance Membership
Insurance companies and cell phone providers typically offer roadside services to their customers. If you have not signed up for this benefit, now is the time to do so. Roadside assistance programs offer everything from towing to tire changes.
Find out this information now and enroll so that in the event you’re stranded away from home, you won’t have the stress of trying to find a service on your own. Typically, you can contact a central number, and they will find a reputable company within the area for you and dispatch a driver.
The more time you invest in ensuring your car is road trip ready now, the more time you will have to enjoy your time while on vacation. Should you have any towing needs before you leave the area, contact Dean’s Wrecker Service. We’re here to help.