There’s something special about traveling the U.S. highway-by-highway, town-by-town. The great American road trip has inspired many to go forth and see the sights and people that make the United States unique. Perhaps you too have been inspired to go on a road trip. If so, then you’ve got to understand that preparation is key—especially, for a car that’s about to go cross-country!
A road trip can be hard on a vehicle, so before you go you need to make sure your car is up for the challenge. Doing so may prevent costly repairs and unwanted headaches along the way. Below is a list of the 10 things that should be on your pre-road trip maintenance checklist:
- Regularly Scheduled Maintenance – Be sure to start your trip right with regularly scheduled maintenance. This should at least include an oil change and fluid check. You can even go the extra mile and include windshield wiper replacements, air filter changes, tune-ups, serpentine belt replacements, coolant flush, etc.
- Emergency Kit – Your emergency kit should not only include first-aid materials, but also tools that may come in handy in the event of a breakdown: flashlight, jumper cables, fix-a-flat, screwdrivers, wrenches, extra fuses, etc.
- Battery Check – If you’ve been having trouble starting your vehicle, you may need to replace your battery. If your battery’s life is fine, then a simple check to make sure your battery terminals are clean should suffice.
- Tire Check – There are two things you should consider when checking your tires. First, make sure your tires are in good condition, making sure the tread is sufficient and there is no damage to the tire wall. If you see any problems in regards to tire conditions, you may need to consider replacing your tires. Second, make sure the air pressure in your tires is at the optimal level.
- Check Brakes – If your brakes have been squeaky, it’s time to change them. If your brakes sound fine but you’re still unsure, do a quick check. Your brake pads should have 1/4 of an inch of pad or more.
- A/C Check – For summer especially, you’ll want an A/C system that works well. Do a quick inspection and if you’re A/C system isn’t working up to its potential then have a professional take a look.
- Check Electricals – Check to make sure all your lights work: headlights, brake lights and blinkers. After checking your lights, inspect on all other electrical components such as windshield wipers, power locks, power windows, horn, etc.
- Check Spare Tire and Jack – The only thing worse than a flat tire is finding out your spare tire is flat too. Before you go, make sure your spare is properly inflated and your jack is not defective.
- Check Load Recommendations – Take a look at the load recommendations for your vehicle. If you pack within the recommended amount you’ll should be able to avoid potential breakdowns and also save on gas.
- Consider Roadside Assistance Programs – Joining a roadside assistance program may be an added insurance measure to give you peace of mind while on your journey.
Make sure you vehicle is in tip-top shape by bringing it down to the Bryant Motors service center located at 2901 South Limit Ave. in Sedalia. Our ASE-certified and factory-trained technicians can diagnose any problem or perform scheduled maintenance on all makes and models, including Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep and Rams.
Contact us to discuss your individual car maintenance needs, or just come on down to the shop today!