Summer Road Trip Checklist

Summer Road Trip Checklist

Summer Road Trip Checklist

Summer Road Trip Checklist: AAA reports that 4 of 10 drivers are unprepared for vehicle breakdowns which can take the joy out of your trip.  The Car Care Council recommends taking the following steps before you leave home:

  • Check the battery:  Be sure the electrical system is charging at the correct rate; overcharging can damage a battery as quickly as undercharging.  Excessive heat and overcharging shortens the life of a battery.  Replacing an old battery is an inexpensive insurance policy.
  • Check the tires:  Be sure to check the tire pressure and tread including the spare. Uneven wear indicates a need for wheel alignment. Tires should also be checked for bulges and bald spots.
  • Check the air conditioning:  Proper cooling performance is critical for interior comfort.
  • Check all fluids:  Check the engine oil, power steering, brake and transmission as well as windshield washer solvent and antifreeze/coolant.
  • Check the wipers and lighting:  Check that all interior and exterior lighting is working properly and replace worn wiper blades so you can see clearly when driving during precipitation.
  • Check the emergency kit:  Purchase one if you don’t have one or restock, if necessary.

DRIVE AutoCare also recommends inspecting the brake system and performing a tune-up to help the engine deliver the best balance of power and fuel economy.


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