Summer is a great time to pack up the car and head off on a good, old-fashioned road trip with your family or a group of friends. The last thing you want is car trouble spoiling your fun! Here’s what you need to do before you go to make sure your car is ready to carry you to your dream destination.
1. Inspect, Repair and Replace
Start your road trip preparations by giving the car a close inspection or having your mechanic look it over. Does anything look or sound “off?” The brakes should respond well without noise, and all the lights should be in working order. Air filters for both the engine and the cabin should be clean. If the wiper blades are more than six months old, you’re better off replacing them with a new, high-quality set.
Look under the hood for damaged, deteriorating or dry belts and hoses. Make sure the spark plugs are clean and the battery terminals aren’t corroded. The battery case should also be intact with no damage or cracks. If anything needs to be fixed, get it taken care of before committing to driving long distances.