As the ice of winter melts away and the roads become much more inviting, you’re inevitably going to be hitting the pavement for a much needed road trip. Before you do, however, it would be good practice to make sure your automobile is up to such endeavors.
Getting some preemptive car maintenance is beneficial, whether you’re headed south for some relaxing beach time, north for some end-of-the-season snowmobiling, or aimlessly wandering the roads for some fresh spring scenery.
Here’s a quick checklist for your car to ensure it’s battle ready for your first road trip of the season.
Tires: Your car’s tires are an integral piece of equipment for any driving distance. As the only part of the vehicle that actually touches the ground, you’ll want to make sure that each tire is in working order. A blown-out tire 1,000 miles away from home is a scenario no driver wants to be in.
Make sure your air pressure is on point, lug nuts are properly tightened, none of your tires have frayed treads, and your alignment is in order before venturing out on your trip.
Brakes: Brake maintenance goes hand-in-hand with keeping your tires shipshape. Be conscious of what condition your brakes are in before setting out. Having brake repairs done or brake pads replaced at your local auto shop before they wear out will be less expensive than letting inadequate brakes cause excessive and expensive damage to your car.
A/C: Air conditioning is going to become an important comfort as temperatures begin to climb. Make sure your car’s A/C is working correctly because it’s sometimes not comfortable to roll down the windows.
There are, of course, myriad examples of things to check before taking a long trip. These are just some quick thoughts to get the driver’s mind thinking of ways to prevent poor automotive performance down the road and preserve new or used car value.