You've planned for that epic road trip in winter, and it is now summer. It's warmer. The sun shines for many hours, and now it's the ideal time to embark on your much-awaited trip. But is your car ready for the long hours on the road? Experiencing a breakdown on a road trip will ruin your experience, and it is crucial first to prepare your car before you prepare yourself.
Below are some practical ways of ensuring your car's performance and health are restored before your summer road trip;
Vehicle components and systems, such as the engine, transmission, power steering, windshield wipers, and brakes, rely on specific fluids to operate optimally. It is critical to refer to the manufacturer's manual to know each fluid's scheduled maintenance. Regardless, have a trusted technician inspect the engine oil, coolant, and other fluids and change them if necessary. That prevents potential damage to these systems and improves your vehicle's performance.
Check the AC
Fluids are crucial, but they aren't the only critical components that need servicing before a long trip. It's equally important to check the air filters. They clean the air getting into the engine and the one blown into the cabin. Typically, you need to replace the engine and cabin filters every 10,000 to 15,000 miles, depending on your car model and the engine oil used. Furthermore, have the AC belts and pipes inspected because these affect the alternator and compressor functions. Driving under the hot summer sun can be overwhelming, and the AC cools and freshen the interior atmosphere. Servicing the air conditioning saves you a lot of trouble.
Inspect the Tires
The tires are a top safety feature in a car. They also play a role in improving comfort and driving efficiency. Before you drive for your road trip, check the tire pressure, ensuring that they're sufficiently inflated because underinflated tires can lower the car's gas mileage. As you drive, check the air pressure every 1,000 miles and when you notice a significant temperature change.
Clean Your Car
Driving a clean car evokes a sense of pride. A clean vehicle also reduces fuel costs because the vehicle runs lighter without much clutter and many unused items. Hence, vacuum your car's interior thoroughly and rid it of excess cargo and equipment. Besides, that creates room for luggage required for the trip.
Do you need vehicle repair and maintenance services before going on a long road trip? Bring the car to our auto care and service center, and we'll help you prep it professionally.