Summer Roadtrip Vehicle Inspection Tips

May 27th, 2015 by

Summer is right around the corner and for many, plans for a road trip adventure or two are already in the works. If you are planning a summer road trip this year, be sure to add “prepare my vehicle” to your pre-vacation to-list. Checking these few things (or having them checked by a professional) will help ensure your vehicle runs smoothly and safely as you embark on your journey:

Fluid Levels

Before you hit the road, you’ll want to make sure your vehicle has all of the fluids it needs to run properly. Check fluids such as the wiper fluids and oil, or take it in for a complete checkup to ensure your vehicle has everything it needs as well as the correct level of each fluid. If your vehicle is due for an oil change or a tune up, schedule that prior to your trip. Your vehicle requires certain fluids to run and it is better to tackle this before it becomes a problem in the middle nowhere, when you least expect it.

Tires

You may not be able to avoid your tire going flat during a road trip, but you can prepare in advance to try and avoid any more serious problems. Check to ensure each tire is properly inflated as well as the tread wear. If your tires need to be replaced, make sure you take care of that before your trip.

Air Conditioning

What could be worse than heading out on your adventure, driving into the heat of the day, only to discover that your air conditioner isn’t working? If you enjoy this luxury and want to use your vehicle’s air conditioning system to stay cool and alert during your summer drives, check this out before you leave.

Cooling System

You aren’t the only one who wants to stay cool this summer. So does your engine. Before you embark on a journey, check to make sure your radiator is not leaking or cracking. Inspect the connections to ensure they are snug, and check your coolant level. Remember, before you remove the radiator cap, make sure your engine is completely cool.

Wipers and Lights

Ensure your line of sight will remain clear during your journey by checking your windshield wipers. Wipers are essential in keeping your window clean and easy to see through, so change them, if needed, before you travel. While you are checking things, be sure to give your headlights, taillights, and signal lights a look. Make sure everything is functioning properly so that you can help yourself to remain safe while you are out on the road.

Battery

Don’t get stuck with a dead battery when you pull over for a pit stop. Check your vehicle’s battery before you leave to make sure it is strong and that the terminals are clean. To remain prepared for anything, bring a pair of jumper cables with you on your trip, just in case. Better yet, bring along an emergency kit that includes a flashlight, some basic tools, a first-aid kit, a blanket, and a few bottles of water.

By checking these few areas on your vehicle before you embark on your summer road trip, you are helping to ensure that you arrive safe and sound to your destination.