One of the best parts of summer for many drivers is the summer road trip. Loading up the car and heading to the beach, the mountains, or even cross country can be a great way to bond with friends or family and enjoy the summertime. But before you head out on your way, it’s important to make sure your car is ready for the long drive. Luckily, we have some tips for pre-road trip preparations and making sure your car is ready for your next summer road trip.
Listen to the AC
With the temperature rising, it’s a good idea to turn on your car’s air conditioning and listen for any odd noises. Make sure your AC is in good working order by listening for any rattling, banging, or other noises that can indicate your AC is in need of repair. Check for odd smells as well! The last thing you want on a summer road trip is for your air conditioning to quit working during some of the hottest weather of the year.
Check Tires and Brakes
Before any long drive, it’s a good idea to check your tires and brakes. This can help you avoid a roadside emergency far from home and prevent damage to your car. You can check your tire treads with a penny test–just place the penny upside down in your tire treads. If you can see the top of Lincoln’s head, your tires will need replacing soon.
When was the last time you had your oil changed? Before going on a road trip, it’s a good idea to check your car’s fluids to make sure everything’s running smoothly. Check your brake fluid and coolant as well, and keep an eye out for any fluid leaks in your driveway.
Clean Out Your Car
Lastly, get your car ready for the trip by cleaning it out. Dispose of any trash or receipts that may have built up, and give it a good vacuum and wipe down for good measure. Be sure your car’s looking its best before taking it on your summer road trip!
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