Summer Road Trip Check List
It’s getting close to the end of the school year. Our little ones will be ready for summer, and we are planning those summer road trips. One thing we don’t want to happen is car problems while we have a car full of family and luggage. To help prevent that, the Car Care Council recommends having your vehicle checked before your trip. Rich White, the executive director of the Car Care Council says, “A pre-trip vehicle check will give you peace of mind because you can take stops to have any needed repairs performed before you go.”
The Car Care Council recommends the following pre-trip checklist before hitting the road:
-Check the brake system and make sure the battery connection is clean, tight and corrosion-free.
-Check filters and fluids, including engine oil, power steering and brake and transmission, as well as windshield washer solvent and antifreeze/coolant. Dirty air filters can waste gas and cause the engine to lose power.
-Check the hoses and belts that can become cracked, brittle, frayed, loose or show signs of excessive wear. These are critical to the proper functioning of the electrical system, air conditioning, power steering and the cooling system.
-Check the tires, including tire pressure and tread. Underinflated tires reduce a vehicle’s fuel economy and uneven wear indicates a need for wheel alignment. Tires should also be checked for bulges and bald spots.
-Check that the gas cap is not damaged, loose or missing to prevent gas from spilling or evaporating.
If you have any questions we are here to help! Val & Mike’s Auto Repair can inspect your vehicle and make any recommendations to make sure you and your family are safe this summer! Give us a call at 714-375-3145 to set up an appointment!