Road Trip Ready

Road trips can be tough on your vehicle, as they require long hours of driving in hot weather. If your family is planning on hitting the road this summer, you will want to make sure your vehicle is road trip ready before you set out. You definitely don't want your car to breakdown far from home and be left stranded, so here are some tips on how to get your car ready for a road trip.

• Check your oil: Before setting out, you will want to check your vehicle's oil. Oil should be changed every 3,000 to 5,000 miles, so if you're due for an oil change, definitely have one performed before you leave. Oil helps keep your engine cool and functioning efficiently, so it's particularly important when you plan on taking your car on a road trip.

• Check your fluid levels: Along with checking your oil, you should also check your vehicle's other fluid levels. This includes coolant, brake fluid, power steering fluid, transmission fluid, and windshield wiper fluid.

• Check your wiper blades and replace them if needed: If winter weather and ice did a number on your windshield wiper blades, you will want to replace them. This will help you see clearer if you get stuck in the rain.

• Check your tires: Appropriate tire pressure and tread depth are remarkably important when it comes to safety and traction on the road, so you should check both. In addition, tires should be rotated every 5,000 to 8,000 miles.

• Check your air conditioning system: Hot cars are never fun to drive around in, so make sure your air conditioning system is functioning effectively before you leave home.

• Check your brake pads: If your vehicle has started making noise while braking, there's a chance you need to have your brake pads replaced. Since driving with worn-down brake pads can damage your brake rotors and calipers, you should replace your brake pads as soon as possible.

Need help checking your car out? Contact the service department at a Tom Kelley dealership.

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