Summer Travel Tips

So it's finally time to go for that summer drive vacation you have been planning. You are now ready - you have set the day, mapped out the routes, have a complete list of things to do at your destination, and booked your hotel. But is your car ready for the trip? If not well prepared, it might end up breaking down, leaving you stranded in the middle of nowhere. Here is a brilliant checklist to help you ensure that your car is also set for summer travel.

Test Your Car Brakes

You already know how your car brakes sound, how the pad feels, and how long it talks to halt your car. Drop your vehicle at a reliable auto repair shop for a comprehensive brake inspection if you notice any unusual noises, vibrations, or feel. Our mechanic will inspect your brake pads, rotors, drums, shoes and check out for any signs of fluid leaks. They will then provide you with an accurate report, offer professional advice, and provide quality repairs.

Inspect Your Tires

Thoroughly inspect all your tires, including your spare tire, which is overly integral for the trip. Check out for any signs of wear, gouges, cuts, and sidewall bulge. You might also want to try out the penny test on your tires to check on their treads. Take a quarter and put it into the grooves in an upside-down position. If you can see the top of George Washington's head, your tires might need a replacement.

Also, remember to check your vehicle's tire pressure and have it inflated according to the manufacturer's recommendations. Ensure the wheels are well aligned to facilitate a comfortable, safe and exciting ride.

Test and Secure Your Car Battery

Ensure your car battery cable connections are close-fitting and your car battery hold-down hardware is safely and adequately secured. Do not forget to test your battery and determine the available capacity before hitting the road.

If you suspect that your vehicle might need an inspection and maintenance service, plan for it ahead of time to avoid last-minute rushes that might spoil the fun. If you need vehicle service and repair, do not hesitate to contact us for quality services at the best prices.

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