Vehicle Maintenance Before Holiday Travel: What You Need To Know

Toothpaste? Check. Pajamas? Check. Phone charger? Check. There are dozens of things for which travelers check and re-check before heading out on a road trip, yet many fail to check the one thing that matters most: The condition of their vehicle. Holiday travel can be dangerous for a number of reasons, the two biggest of which include crowded roads and inclement weather conditions. If your vehicle isn’t prepared for either, you may find yourself and your family in a precarious situation. Before you put your car in drive, perform a complete maintenance inspection to ensure you reach your final destination without a hitch.

Tend to Your Tires

When the weather turns cold, your tires may be one of the first components of your vehicle to give. To avoid having to change a flat on a snowy mountainside or worse, losing control on an icy freeway, assess your tires. Make sure your tire pressure is within the recommended levels, the wheels are properly aligned and that all four tires have adequate tread. To do the latter, use the penny test: Place a penny in between the treads. If Abraham Lincoln’s head is half obscured, you’re good to go.

Change Your Oil

Unless you got your oil changed last week, err on the side of caution and do it again. Oil lubricates your engine, ensures that it runs smoothly and prevents your engine from undue wear.

Check Your Brakes

Your brakes are the most crucial component of your vehicle. That said, while they may perform just fine on the flat roads of Albuquerque, are you sure they can hold up on a snowy mountainside? Make sure your brakes are in tiptop shape before embarking on your holiday adventures.

Test Your Battery

Vehicles draw more energy from their batteries during the colder months. If you plan on driving to a colder climate, your vehicle battery is more susceptible to dying. Avoid having to deal with a dead battery by visiting your local auto shop to perform a quick assessment of how much life is left in your battery.

Your holiday travels should be stress free. To ensure everything is in optimal working order for your road trip, check your vehicle before traveling and attend to any issues that could put a damper on your holiday fun. Contact us today to learn more.