PREPARING YOUR VEHICLE FOR A SUMMER ROAD TRIP
When the long hot summer months hit, road trips are a great way to explore a new area of the country or a fun way to seek out new adventures. Before you set off on any longer trip, it’s always a good idea to prep your car for so you don’t run into any problems on the road.
Here are some tips to get your car in tip-top shape for a long drive:
1. REVIEW YOUR RUBBER:
Have a look at your tire pressure and make sure it matches up with the guidelines set out in your owner’s manual. Check the wheels for any bulges or cracks and examine the condition of the tire tread.
2. TEST OUT THE LIGHTS:
Are your headlights, blinkers, brake lights, hazard lights and reverse lights all in working order? Are any of the lights cracked or burnt out?
3. BRAKE TIME:
Listen carefully to your brakes to spot any squeaking or scraping sounds. Is there a burning smell or do your pedals go all the way to the floor? This probably means it’s time to replace the brake pads and give the area a good check-up.
4. CHECK THE A/C:
If you've ever lost your air conditioning on a hot summer day, then you know what a big difference a little cool air makes. The best way to tell if your air conditioner has a problem is if it can't generate or maintain air temperatures that 10 degrees Celsius below the ambient outside air temperature.
5. RENEW ALL YOUR DOCUMENTS:
Review the expiration date on your license plate sticker, on your insurance, your passport and on your driver’s license. You might also want to look into a CAA membership or travel insurance so you know you’re covered out on the road.