It's summer roadtrip season, finally! You may be ready to jump in your car and head to the lake, your favorite camp spot, or a music festival, but your vehicle might not be quite as ready to rock and roll.
Even if your car is relatively new, you still want to make sure you are up to date on oil changes, light bulb replacement, tire pressure, and more. The summer-ready road trip check might seem like optional maintenance, but guarantee you'll wish you had done an overview of car safety if you end up breaking down on your way. Get in the habit of reviewing simple maintenance needs before you get on the road.
Road Trip Prep
Preparing your vehicle for a road trip takes time but can save you money and a major headache later by preventing problems from arising after you leave. Also, even if you aren't going on one big road trip, summer travel usually includes driving more often and with more cars on the road, so getting ahead of the summer travel season is advisable for safety and savings.
The Attention Your Vehicle Needs
It's important to be up to date on changing your oil, so if you're due or past due, schedule one ASAP. As a part of an oil change service, your mechanic should perform a check on all your fluids as well as other vehicle systems and let you know if anything needs to be addressed.
If it's not time for an oil change, make sure you review the following inspection points:
Tires: Check air pressure tire tread. And if you haven't already, get those studded snow tires off!
Fluids: Check and fill windshield wiper fluid, brake fluid, and radiator fluid.
Engine: Check how things are running and address any concerns.
Then, take a look at these a little more carefully, or with an auto repair specialist:
If any of these are a little out of your area of expertise, you can always ask the team at Naylor's Auto Repair to do a once-over and help you get ready for safe driving.
Be Prepared for Anything
Once your vehicle is in shape for roadtripping, remember there's more you'll want to prepare inside the cab. Here are some tips for packing and prepping for both comfort and safety on your road trip:
- Get an emergency kit. These typically include things like jumper cables, flashlights, batteries, tools, emergency flares or triangles, and more.
- If your emergency kit doesn't have a first aid kit, make sure to get one of those, too.
- Additional emergency items to pack include blankets, bottled water, and anything else you might need in case of a breakdown.
- Keep a quart of oil and wiper fluid in the trunk.
- Carry a map in case you cannot access your phone for directions.
- Know your route ahead of time, and have a backup plan in case roads are closed.
- Join a roadside assistance service like AAA.
- Plan stops ahead of time so you know when you need to stop for gas, particularly if there are long stretches without services.
- Clean your car before you go, and pack napkins, wet wipes, and any other cleaning supplies you might need—future you will thank you for it!
Stop by the Auto Shop First!
One quick way to get on the road is to swing by Naylor's Auto Repair for a quick check-up. The team is happy to help look at your car, let you know if there are issues, and look for any future maintenance needs. It couldn't be easier to get ready for a road trip than working with Naylor's Auto Repair. Call or come by today!