How to Get Your Car Summer Road Trip Ready


How to Get Your Car Summer Road Trip ReadyWith summer coming up it's time to ensure your car, truck or SUV is ready to cover some extra miles. Road trips are a past time in America, and whether you're planning on going coast to coast or just a few counties over, preparing your vehicle is key to a safe, reliable and fun trip! Here's a short list of items to think about as you prepare for the highway. Before leaving visit a local auto shop for a pre-trip inspection that will cover all of these issues.

Tune-Up

Before heading out on any trip you should complete a tune up to restore fuel efficiency and performance. This may include new spark plugs and/or replacing the fuel filter and air filter.

Oil Change

If your car is anywhere near due for an oil change, now would be the time to get it done. Fresh oil will prevent excessive engine wear and restore performance and MPGs.

Battery Check

A new battery is a lot less expensive than a tow truck and a new battery. Head to the auto shop to mae check your car's battery is in good to go.

Tires

Healthy tires are a necessity if you want to get safely where you're going. Check for cracked or bubbling rubber on the sidewalls and be sure there is plenty of tread. Finally, be sure the tires are properly inflated.

Lights/Wipers

You never know when you will get caught in the rain or end up covering extra mileage at night, so be sure your wipers and lights are all in good shape. This includes headlights, tail lights, blinkers, brake lights, reverse lights and parking lights.

Coolant Flush

Fresh coolant/antifreeze is great way to protect your vehicle from overheating while driving long distances. Contaminated coolant or low coolant levels could prove disastrous for an engine.

Scheduled Auto Maintenance

Always keep up with factory scheduled auto maintenance, such as replacing belts and hoses, to maintain maximum fuel economy, reliability and performance. If you're behind on maintenance now is the ideal time to get caught up.

Safety Kit

Make sure your car is stocked with a safety kit that includes first aid materials, water, traffic triangles, a jumper cables and a tire jack. You want to be prepared for anything.

Before you hit the road head to a shop to make sure your vehicle is ready to go. For a professional pre-trip inspection in Jackson, MI, come see the team at Jimmie's Towing & Auto Service. We offer expert auto maintenance and repair for all makes and models. Give us a call at the location nearest you to request an appointment for superior auto maintenance in Jackson today.

If you need pre-trip inspection in Jackson, MI or believe that your vehicle could benefit from roadside assistance, do not hesitate to contact our team. Call Jimmie's at (517) 435-0314 on Michigan Avenue or (517) 435-0302 to reach our team on Cooper Street, to request semi truck repair in Jackson.


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