Before you set out on your spring break getaway, make sure that your vehicle is ready for spring break travel. This simple precaution may save you problems down the road and make your trip more comfortable for all your passengers. The last thing you want is to end up alongside the road without a spare.
Check your Tires.
You may think the tread is the only thing to worry about when it comes to determining if your tires are road trip worthy. That’s not the case. You also want to make sure that your tires are properly inflated. Both under and over-inflated tires can cause severe damage to the tires. Check your owner’s manual for the recommended pressure. If you don’t see it there, you can often find it on a sticker located on the driver’s door or glove compartment door. You should get in the habit of checking your tires at least once a month to avoid damage to the tires.
Don’t forget to check your spare tire when checking your other tires. Make sure you’re able to use it in an emergency and that you have the tools needed to change it.
Change the Oil
In addition to the tires, you’ll want to make sure that your vehicle is not due for an oil change. If it is, or nearly due for one, go ahead and change it before your trip. Many manufacturers suggest that you have your oil changed every 3,000 miles. You can change your own oil with products from O’Reilly Auto Parts, just make sure you properly dispose of the oil. If you’d rather not change your own oil, visit your local mechanic or oil change center.
Check those Fluids
If you have your oil changed at a mechanic, chances are they’ll check your fluid levels as a courtesy. If not, you can easily do it yourself and it won’t take much time. Make sure you have the proper level of coolant, windshield washer fluid, brake fluid, power steering, transmission fluid and motor oil (if you didn’t have this changed).
Check your Air Filter
Depending on the mileage on your odometer, you may need to change your air filter. A dirty air filter may cause you to use more gas than you normally would. Not cool on a road trip. There are also scented air filters that will make the cabin of your vehicle smell fresh. Not a bad attribute for a road trip.
Hoses and Belts
Check your hoses and belts for cracks, blisters or signs of wear. You may want to grab a hose repair kit at O’Reilly Auto Parts in case you would need one.
Finally, before pulling away from your house, make sure your headlights, tail lights and turn signals are properly functioning.
And when packing your luggage into the trunk, don’t forget to pack an emergency roadside kit in there too. You never know when a few flares, flashlight and simple hand tools will come in handy. You can pick up a pre-packaged kit or piece together your own on your next visit to Walmart.
What steps do you take to make sure your vehicle is ready for spring break travel?