Planning a Road Trip? Follow These Tips to Make it Safely from Dunwoody to Your Destination

Posted on July 3, 2013 by admin No Comments

Whether it is the good old fashioned family vacation, or just an impromptu road trip, summer seems to call to our inner selves to hit the road. To make sure your car is ready for your next extended drive, heed these pre-vacation car maintenance tips.

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Check your tire pressure before hitting the road. Source: First Stop- Bridgestone’s UK tyre retail network

First off, check all your car’s fluids, from the engine oil to the washer fluid. Making sure that you have the right amounts of all of them can help your car function as flawlessly and efficiently as possible. Also make sure to check the filters that those fluids run through, such as the oil filter and fuel filter.

Check your tire pressure. Underinflated tires can cause decreased fuel efficiency, and overinflated ones can cause blowouts, especially over extended drives. Keeping your tires at the car manufacturer’s recommended pressure can keep your car running right and extend the life of your tires. While checking your tires, also make sure your spare is in good condition.

Have a professional inspect your car for anything that needs to be replaced or repaired, such as belts, hoses, spark plugs or your battery. Catching a minor issue before you head out on the road can save you expensive repair bills at an out-of-town mechanic.

Save space in your trunk for necessary emergency items like jumper cables, a flashlight, basic tools, tire sealant and a first aid kit. Also make sure they are as accessible as possible. While you are at it, clean out anything you will not need on your trip to save you space.

Even if you follow these pre-vacation car maintenance tips perfectly, it is still a good idea to have your car professionally inspected at least two weeks before you plan on hitting the open road. Bring your foreign vehicle to the experts at Munich West.