With summer creeping ever closer, our minds wander to the road trips and vacations that await. Before you hop in your car and take off with that childlike excitement, there are a few things you should check.
Inspect Tires and Brakes
Quite possibly the most important thing to check are the tires and brakes. Make sure you’ve switched back from your snow tires if you had them on your car. The tires should be replaced if there is a substantial amount of wear. Before you head on your journey, properly inflate them to avoid any issues on the highway. As for brakes, have a qualified service technician inspect them for any cracks or corrosion. Having brakes fail on the road is never a good start to a vacation.
Check the Fluids
Check the levels of all the fluids your car needs: oil, wiper, coolant, transmission, etc. Keeping each of those to their proper levels will ensure your road trip or vacation is smooth sailing. If you’re traveling through some of the hotter climates in the U.S., you’ll want to focus on the coolant. Make sure you have the proper balance of water and coolant (50:50 is ideal), otherwise, you could end up on the side of the road miles from the nearest mechanic.
Adding to the list of things you never want to deal with on vacation, a dead battery can be easily avoided. If you’re unsure of the age of your battery, have it tested and, if need be, replaced. We know it’s not fun to buy a new battery, but it’s worth it if you don’t want to end up at the mechanic when you should be at the beach.
An easy way to avoid some of the possible issues you could experience on the road, add an emergency kit to the list of things to pack. This kit should include basic things like jumper cables and a small set of tools (wrenches, pliers, etc). Also include extra clothes, food, and water in case you’re stranded for a short period of time. It’s bad if you have car issues on your vacation, but it’s worse if you’re not prepared for these situations.
Taking the time to check all these aspects of your car is a worthwhile investment to make sure your vacation is filled with smiles. If you have questions regarding servicing your car, visit your FIAT Minneapolis dealership.