The last thing you want on a summer road trip is for your car to be stuck in the middle of nowhere. Even the best-maintained vehicles can develop mechanical problems on long drives. Driving too much at once can put more strain on your car and make it more likely to break down. To prevent any inconveniences from happening to you, we recommend getting a pre-trip car inspection.
What Should I Have Inspected?
- Tires - Tires are often the most overlooked car part. Before hitting the road, you should check your tires for damage, punctures, or poor tread. If the treads look overworn, it may be best to get new ones before going out of town. Additionally, don’t forget to check the tire pressure, as tire inflation can impact your fuel economy.
- Battery - Vehicle batteries last approximately three years. If your battery is nearing the end of its life, consider replacing it before your drive.
- Steering & Suspension - Once the tires have checked out, the steering and suspension system should be next. Bad suspension can negatively affect your ride quality, accelerate tire wear, and impact steerability. At our auto repair shop, we believe the hours spent out on the road should be smooth and comfortable.
- Car Fluids - Please remember to check your motor oil, coolant, transmission, fuel system, and brake fluid before a long trip. Your vehicle lives off of these fluids, and it may need a flush or top-off. Don’t forget the windshield wiper fluid too!
- Brakes - A healthy braking system prevents accidents from happening and saves lives. Brakes often suffer from the most wear and tear, so it is important that you replace them on time. Most mechanics and automakers recommend replacing brake pads anywhere between 25,000 and 70,000 miles.
Prepare with a Pre-Trip Inspection
If you need your car, SUV, or truck checked before a big trip, please do not hesitate to visit Neighborhood Tire Pros. You can give us a call or schedule your appointment online with us today.