Heat, the beach, adventures, and everything else that comes with summer are just about to begin. With that being mentioned, road trips are intertwined with them, meaning you should be properly prepared for them. Here are a few things you can do to make your summer journeys easier:
Planning is Key
The first step to a worry-free trip is planning. Research all the possible stops and locations you can visit while traveling, as well as the weather, which is probably the most important part. Roughly around one week before the trip, look up the weather forecast and plan accordingly.
Visit a Repair Shop
Why should you visit a repair shop? Well, the last thing you want to happen hundreds of miles from your home is a blown or overheating engine. Make sure to check all the car's vitals and fluid levels.
Book Reservations if Needed
If needed, book reservations ahead of time. This especially applies for long distances - making an overnight stay at the halfway point makes a big difference in the long run. Additionally, booking in advance assures that there will be free rooms at your chosen place of stay.
Compact and Proper Packing
When packing, make sure to include items and things that you will need, excluding any extra clutter. Also, make sure to arrange the luggage in a way where there is no room left or at least that it is tightly packed.
Check the Cooling System
Aside from regular maintenance, we have to put an emphasis on the cooling system. The reason is the extreme heat making the engine prone to overheating. A properly functioning cooling system will serve you in even the hottest weather.
While it might sound funny at first, staying hydrated on the road is very important during the summer heat. The combination of warmer temperatures and increased travel time can lead to dehydration if you're not careful. Make sure to carry a reusable water bottle with you and drink water regularly throughout the day.
Neighborhood Tire Pros is here to help with all your summer maintenance and repairs! We will make sure that your engine doesn’t overheat and A/C won’t fail you!