Summer is fast approaching, which means it’s time for family vacations and long distance road trips. You might be ready for adventure, but is your vehicle? Before setting out onto the road, complete this simple checklist to make sure your ride is a safe one.
1. Oil Change
Running your vehicle for long periods of time and great distances leads to an accumulation of particulates and a breakdown of the oil. Oil is an essential component that keeps the moving parts of the engine safe from damage due to friction. If you’re driving a lot more, that means your internal engine components are moving a lot more. So take care of them.
2. Battery Inspection
There is no worse place to end up with a dead battery than on the road. Before traveling too far away from home, take a voltmeter to your battery and make sure it is in good working order. If your battery reads below 12.45 volts, it is running at a diminished capacity and may not be reliable when you need it the most.
3. Wiper Blades & Washer Fluid
The average wiper blade only has the lifespan of six to twelve months. Traveling typically involves unfamiliar roads. Don’t let your visibility suffer because of streaking blades or an empty washer fluid reservoir. Before you hit the road, make sure you inspect your blades and top off your windshield washer fluid.
4. Examine Exterior Lights
Speaking of visibility, it’s vitally important for other drivers to see you as much as you need to see them. Before you load up your car or truck to hit the road, take a walk around your vehicle and make sure you don’t have any dead lightbulbs.
5. Check Tires & Spares
Drivers typically remember to check their tire pressure before a long road trip. But how many of you remember to check your spare tire as well? Nothing is more frustrating than changing a flat tire and realizing that your spare is just as flat. Check all your tires before hitting the road this summer!