5 Ways to Prep Your Car for a Holiday Road Trip

5 Ways to Prep Your Car for a Holiday Road Trip

November 12, 2017

Packing up the kids and heading out on a road trip this holiday season? You’re not alone. According to the U.S. Bureau of Transportation, approximately 91 percent of holiday travel is by personal vehicle.

No matter how far the distance, taking a road trip with kids in tow can be stressful enough. The last thing you need is to experience car trouble along the way. While some car problems simply cannot be avoided, the majority of the time, prioritizing preventative car maintenance measures will keep your vehicle running faithfully, and help ensure you arrive safely at your destination.

Holiday Road Trip Tips

Here are five things you can do to prepare your car for a holiday road trip and keep your trip as stress-free as possible:

  • Check all fluid levels.

    This includes oil, power steering fluid, brake and transmission fluid, windshield washer fluid, and antifreeze.

  • Do a battery check.

    Car batteries need to be replaced every few years. Have your battery checked to be sure the connection is tight, clean, and free of corrosion.

  • Check hoses and belts.

    Cracked, brittle, frayed, or loose hoses or belts are never a good sign. Though they may be small, these pieces must be kept in good condition to help prevent a roadside breakdown.

  • Check tire tread, air pressure, and alignment.

    Improperly inflated tires are not only dangerous, they are also more costly as tire inflation directly affects gas mileage. Uneven wear and tear on your tires is a sign of poor alignment, and bulges or bald spots on your tires may be a warning sign that it’s time to replace your tires.

  • Check wipers and lights.

    Being able to see and be seen are absolutely essential to your safety. Interior and exterior lights should be checked periodically and worn wiper blades should be replaced so you can be sure you are able to see while driving through a rainstorm.

Preventative car maintenance helps keep you and your family safe on the roads while protecting one of your biggest financial investments — your car.

How long has it been since your car’s last tune-up? Don’t leave town without making sure your car will get you where you want to go. Bring it in to Auto Lab Texas and we’ll check it for you!

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