How to Get a Car Road Trip Ready

The summer season is usually full of exciting road trips and making memories that will last for a lifetime. However, before you can head out, there are some things that need to be addressed. Your car needs a complete tune up and inspection both inside and out. You expect your car to get you to and from all of these remarkable places so treat it right. No matter whether you’re planning a trip just a few hundred miles away or across country, it’s important to keep your car up to date.

First and foremost, you must check all of the fluids in your Newnan Chevy. Check for the appropriate color and levels of the following; engine oil, transmission, gasoline, coolant, brake, power steering and windshield washer fluids. If anything seems off, perform maintenance. Remember to check the filters as well. Hoses and belts are essential pieces of the vehicle’s system, too. Check every one of them to make sure there are no cracks or breaks and that there are none loose. Make sure they are tightly secure before your trip.

Tires are crucial in making sure you get where you are going. They are the only thing that keeps you in contact with the road. Knowing this, make sure they are not worn and have the proper pressure. The appropriate PSI levels for your vehicle’s tires should be located in at least one of three places; the owner’s manual, the inside of the driver’s side door and on the tire itself. Keep in mind as well that just because the maximum PSI says 32 doesn’t mean you should inflate it to it. It’s best to keep it a few points under in the winter and just a point or so under in the summer. Be sure you check the PSI in your spare as well.

The lights, brakes and wipers on your car are equally as important. Check and recheck these items before you go on your road trip. Other things to take note of before your journey is the battery and air filter. When you are ready for your outing, be sure to bring a road atlas, emergency kit, extra fuses and oil. You never know what could happen on the road and SouthTowne Motors wants to help keep you prepared.

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