March is upon on, which means the weather is getting warmer and summer is just a few months away. Now is the time families across the country start planning their route for that good ole American tradition -- the road trip. Summer is the perfect time for a road trip as the kids are often on break from school, the weather is warm and the water cool. As you prepare to head out this summer be sure to take your car's needs into consideration so you don't end up stuck on the side of the road or spending too much time at the gas station. Here's our tips on prepping your car for a road trip, and be sure to contact us before you head out for any of the following!
Fluid Checks & Oil Change
Your car uses a number of fluids to operate, including coolant, transmission fluid, power steering fluid, brake fluid and engine oil. If any are due for a flush do it now, and top off fluid levels as needed. If your trip is a long one, it's best to change the oil before you hit the highway.
Summer is generally drier than other seasons but that doesn't mean you won't get caught in the rain. Ensure your windshield wipers are ready for anything.
The tires connect your car to the ground. Sufficient tread and healthy rubber is important for control and braking. If you notice dullness or bubbling or cracked rubber, it's time for new ones.
A mechanic will be able to test the battery and check the cables to ensure its got a enough life in it for the duration of your trip.
The brakes are your vehicle's most important safety feature. If you suspect brake trouble due to grinding noises, a soft brake pedal or otherwise, have them checked out now!
Any exterior lights that are burnt out should be replaced before your long drive. This includes headlights, tail lights, brake lights, reverse lights, parking lights and blinkers.
Steering & Suspension
A mechanic should go through the steering and suspension components before you leave to see if any potential issues exist.
Tune Up Services/Restore MPGs
Now is the time to catch up with scheduled maintenance services or complete a tune up, such as replacing spark plugs or installing a new fuel or air filter. Routine maintenance will help prevent breakdowns and help you get the best possible fuel economy.
Road trips are fun, no doubt, but they require special preparation! If you need a pre-trip inspection in Denton head to Strande's Garage. Our team of professional auto maintenance techs will ensure your vehicle is ready to go! Give us a call at (940) 566-2156to schedule any sort of auto maintenance in Denton. Have fun on your trip!