With these four easy steps, motorists can identify how road-ready their vehicle is right in their own driveway and, if repairs or maintenance are needed, they can be performed before leaving home.
- Check all fluids, including engine oil, power steering, brake and transmission, as well as windshield washer solvent and antifreeze/coolant.
- Check the hoses and belts that can become cracked, brittle, frayed, loose or show signs of excessive wear. These are critical to the proper functioning of the electrical system, air conditioning, power steering and the cooling system.
- Check the tires, including tire pressure and tread. Uneven wear indicates a need for wheel alignment. Tires should also be checked for bulges and bald spots.
- Check the wipers and lighting so that you can see and be seen. Check that all interior and exterior lighting is working properly and inspect and replace worn wiper blades so you can see clearly when driving during precipitation.
No one wants to experience the hassle of car trouble away from home. With this simple pre-trip vehicle inspection, you can have peace of mind because you took steps to avoid spending your holiday weekend on the side of the road.
We also recommend that motorists restock their emergency kit and consider a pre-trip tune-up to help the engine deliver the best balance of power and fuel economy. To further save on fuel costs, avoid aggressive driving, observe the speed limit and eliminate excessive idling. Gas caps that are damaged, loose or missing should be replaced to prevent gas from spilling or evaporating.
Before you hit the road, give Douglas Automotive Repair Inc a call to schedule your “vehicle trip check”. We’ll help keep you up and running!