This is the time of the year when families start to go on summer road trips to all their favorite beaches and destinations. However, there is more to going on a car trip then figuring out how to cram the suitcases in the trunk. You car needs to be have a few maintenance checks before you leave. Below are some guidelines on what to look for in your car before you hit the open road.
• Inspect your driveway before leaving for a trip to check for oil leakage. If you see oil, have the car inspected by a professional.
• Check all fluid levels (oil, transmission, cooling system, power steering, brake fluid and washer fluid).
• Avoid the possibility of over-heating your car by adding a coolant additive like Purple Ice to your radiator. It will improve the condition of the seals to prevent leaks.
• You can also reduce engine heat by upgrading the kind of oil you use. Switch from synthetic oils to a mineral-based oil.
• Worn-out or loose belts and hoses can also cause the engine to heat up. Inspect the belts and hoses in your car before getting on the road.
• Clean and tighten battery terminals and lubricate hinges and the hood latch.
• Inspect your tires and check tire pressure. The better the tire pressure, the better the gas mileage. Also, make sure you have a spare in case of a blowout.
• Inspect your car thoroughly before going on any long-distance trip so you can maximize your fun and minimize your car troubles.
For more information check out Car Tips for Road Trips.