As summer winds down you might be preparing for your family’s final road trip before it’s back to school. When you’re ready to hit the open road, one of the most important (and perhaps most overlooked) things you should be doing is checking to make sure your vehicle is in top shape for the trip. Nothing can ruin a trip faster than a blown tire or another major mechanical breakdown. Getting your car checked out doesn’t guarantee you won’t have any problems, but it can significantly reduce the risk.
Here’s a quick pre-road-trip checklist to get you ready for your next adventure.
1: Tires – the most common item that fails on a vehicle is the tires, and while you might not be able to steer clear of road hazards that could cause flat tires, you can get each tire inspected in advance to ensure there are no major issues. You can also have the tires rotated if they are unevenly worn,
2: Brakes – next you want to check the brakes to make sure they are working properly. If the brake pads are getting close to being worn out you might want to preemptively replace them, especially if you’re planning to drive a long distance on your trip. This inspection can also determine if it’s time to flush, clean, or replace your brake fluid.
3: Cooling System – another common system that fails during long road trips is the cooling system, and if you think that a drive across the country during the dog days of summer sounds like a long trip, try doing the same trip without any A/C in the car. You can get a coolant exchange or flush, removing old fluid that has become corrosive and replacing worn parts to keep your car comfortable through the entire trip. Replacing your entire coolant system might get expensive, but doing some maintenance in advance is an affordable way to prevent breakdowns later.
4: Transmission – if something goes wrong with your transmission on a trip, it will likely take a while to repair it, your vehicle won’t run in the meantime, and it’s a cost you probably won’t want to incur while you’re on vacation. Have your Orem car repair shop check the transmission and do any necessary maintenance to avoid problems down the road—no pun intended.
5: The Basics – while all these systems are important to check, you also don’t want to avoid the basics, like an oil change, air filter replacement, and routine tune-up. Not only will these little things provide you with a little more peace of mind prior to the road trip, they will also improve fuel efficiency so you save money on gas throughout the trip.
For a complete tune-up and vehicle check before your next road trip, come see the experts at Taysom Tire in Orem today.