A lot of drivers wonder about how to prepare their vehicle for a trip. That’s a big deal. You could be driving through mountains and deserts in some pretty lonely areas so you may be anxious to know that the car is up to the task and won’t leave you stranded.
Drivers really do need to plan ahead for a major road trip – there are a lot of things to get ready. Where should you start? You could start with the tires. Look them over for tread wear and check to see that they are properly inflated. Take a quick test drive to see if you can feel any vibrations. Are the wheels in balance? Is the car tracking straight? Is the alignment ok?
The next thing is a full service oil change at Douglas Automotive Repair to make sure all of your fluids are topped off and you have fresh oil for the trip. And if your vehicle is older, you may consider putting in the high-mileage formulation to clean harmful sludge deposits in the engine. You may also need a new PCV valve and an engine air filter.
How about your transmission and brakes? Have you had your transmission and brakes inspected in the last six months? How are your wiper blades? There’s nothing like not being able to get rid of the bug juice on a long road trip. Check your owner’s manual for any other recommended service, and have our friendly and knowledgeable pros at Douglas Automotive Repair do the multi-point inspection they do so well before you head out.
Consider also having the coolant system serviced at Douglas Automotive Repair – you want to stay within the vehicle’s maintenance recommendations. Drivers who are towing a trailer will want to keep in mind that they’ll be going a long way under severe conditions.
A lot of drivers overlook severe conditions like towing, summer heat or driving on dirt roads. Plan ahead for your next road trip – at Douglas Automotive Repair we want you to get there and back.
Give us a call today for your trip check. Through the end of this month, the vehicle inspection is free with an Oil Change!
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