Lots of us are headed to Grandmother’s house this holiday season. Because of the COVID-19 pandemic, even more of us than usual are choosing to drive instead of fly. If you’re among those who are planning a road trip, make sure that your vehicle is ready for the trek.
Check the tires. First, make sure your tires aren’t worn down too much. A rule of thumb is to take a penny and insert it into the tread. If you can see the top of Abraham Lincoln’s head, you probably need to get new tires. You also need to check the tire pressure, and make sure it meets the manufacturer’s recommendation for this time of year.
Check the spare tire. Make sure you have a spare tire and jack! There are several different kinds of spare tires, and some are only designed to get you to the next repair station. Whichever type you have, now’s a good time to learn how to change a tire.
Check the Battery, Belts, and Hoses. Make sure the battery connection is tight and that there is no corrosion on it. Take a look at the belts and hoses and make sure you don’t see any obvious fraying or holes.
Check your Lights. Turn on the lights, and make sure the high beam and low beams are working. Have someone make sure that your brake lights come on when you press on the brake pedal. Finally, check that the turn signals are blinking properly.
Check the Fluids. Check your oil. See if you have the proper amount of antifreeze and brake fluid. Make sure you have enough windshield wiper fluid. And – fill up the car with gasoline, too!
Check the Brakes. If you hear a grating or squealing noise when you stop, then you need to have a professional get your car’s braking system in order.
Of course, if you would prefer, you can just bring your vehicle in to us and we’ll check everything for you. And this holiday season, our holiday gift to you (and Grandmother!) is that we’ll do the pre-travel check for free!*
Don’t let an issue with your car keep you from getting to Grandmother’s house in time for turkey and fixings. Drop by to see us, and we’ll make sure that your car will go over the river and through the woods safely and dependably.
*There is a charge for parts and fluids, and any labor other than our initial inspection.