Along with summer come road trips in your vehicle. Whether you’re headed out of town for a long weekend or a weeklong trip to the shore, one thing’s for certain: you must make sure that your vehicle is in good working condition. A tip-top vehicle will protect you and your passengers, and may also protect your auto insurance rates.
Before you back out of the driveway, here are some of things you may want to pay particular attention to when it comes to your vehicle safety:
- Tires – Your tires are the only thing that’s making contact with the road when you’re driving, so it only makes sense to give your tires a moment of your time. Before embarking on any kind of trip, head to your local tire shop and make sure that your tires are properly inflated and that you have an adequate amount of tread left on the tires. In addition, you may also want to make sure that your tires are properly aligned so that they will wear properly. Before checking the pressure of your tires, allow them to cool off, as hot air will expand inside your tires causing an increase in tire pressure.
- Fluids – Check all of the fluids in your vehicle before embarking on a road trip, or have them checked by an auto repair shop. A lack of oil can result in a seized engine, and a lack of coolant can cause a car to quickly overheat on a hot day. In short, ignoring the fluids in your vehicle will likely give you a quick trip to the side of the road with a broken down car.
- Battery – Extreme heat can cause additional strain on your car’s battery. Therefore, if your vehicle is more than three years old it is probably best to get a new battery before heading out on a road trip.
- Wiper blades – It may seem quite insignificant, but worn wiper blades can cause big problems if you’re caught driving in inclement weather. If you want to protect yourself, your passengers and other motorists, and protect your auto insurance rates, as well, make sure to change out your old wiper blades with new ones before leaving on a summer road trip.