Get Your Vehicle Ready For An Extended Road Trip

Don't jeopardize your safety by going on an extended road trip without having your vehicle inspected first. A safety inspection may include a tire assessment and repair, as well as a check and a replenishment of the fluids that are contained underneath your vehicle's hood.

Have Tires Inspected, Repaired, And Replaced

Many roads are poorly maintained and ones that do not contain any pavement or that possess a series of potholes could cause massive damage to your vehicle's tires. If your car has been handling roughly lately, there may be uneven tread on the tires or your vehicle may need an alignment. During an inspection of your vehicle, tires will be inspected for signs of wear or damage. It is possible that you drove over a nail and it could have become embedded in one of the tires, resulting in a slow leak.

You can have a tire patched, but if you choose this strategy, make sure that you have a can of liquid sealant at your disposal and an extra set of tires stowed away in your car's trunk in the event that the patch does not hold up and the tire loses most or all of its air. If the auto service station sells new and used tires, consider investing in a set. This strategy will aid you in taking multiple trips this summer, without needing to worry about replacing one or more tires at random times

Assess And Replenish Fluids And Make A Game Plan

Oil, transmission fluid, and coolant should be assessed, to determine if each reservoir is full and whether or not one of the tanks needs to be flushed and replenished with a new fluid type. If the oil is dirty and your vehicle has been smoking, get the oil changed, to prevent the possibility of something occurring during your road trip that could result in damage to your vehicle's motor. Once your car has been inspected, purchase a tire gauge, extra coolant, oil, and transmission fluid.

Plan on driving on main highways and marked roadways to minimize the chance of driving on a secluded road where you would not be able to obtain help if you break down or if your vehicle runs out of gas. A paved highway will also be better when attempting to protect your vehicle's tires. After returning from the road trip, look over your vehicle to ensure that no damage to its exterior or under the hood has occurred.

For more information, contact a safety inspection service.