The opportunity for an epic summer road trip is quickly dwindling, but that doesn’t mean there isn’t still time! If you still have plans to hit the road before summer comes to close, you’ll want to make sure your vehicle is in top shape to make the trip, especially if you’re planning to rack up some serious miles on your road trip. Here are some vehicle maintenance tips for your last-minute summer road trip.
The biggest part of getting your vehicle ready for a long road trip boils down to basic maintenance tasks. Are you do for an oil change? If so, get it changed, even if you’re a little early in terms of your scheduled maintenance. Your spark plugs are equally as important. If your vehicle is really struggling to fire up or idles hard, it may be time to replace your spark plugs.
Top off your other fluids while you’re at it. Make sure you have plenty of brake fluid and coolant. Washer fluid is easily overlooked and it can be one of the most important fluids in your car on a long trip. If you’re going to be driving through the rainy season make sure you get a fluid that contains Rain-X. It can literally be a life-saver when driving through torrential downpours.
Tires are probably the most important part of your vehicle to check prior to taking a long road trip. The last thing you want to do is change a flat in the middle of nowhere. Make sure you have plenty of tread left before hitting the road for a long trip. If your tires show signs of uneven wear, take your vehicle in for a balance and alignment. While you’re checking your tires out, go ahead and pop them off and inspect your brakes, too. Replacing your pads regularly will ensure that you don’t have to spend the extra dough and replace your rotors.
Finally, make sure your vehicle contains all of the equipment you need to handle a roadside emergency. Make sure your vehicle jack and spare tire are in good shape. Also, have a good emergency kit with flares, first aid and plenty of cold weather gear if you’re going to be traveling in the winter time (we know, this is supposed to be a summer road trip, but it never hurts to plan ahead).
With a little planning, you can hit the road, worry-free, for an epic end-of-summer road trip!