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AW Road Trip Checklist
June 8, 2015
Road trip season is here! Plan ahead!
Here is a handy checklist that may keep you from becoming stranded somewhere ..... trying to explain to your wife that you forgot to check something.
It's that time of season all! While we all know Niagara is an amazing region with all it's great dining, parks and attractions - it's type to explore. If you are like us - then that includes a road trip somewhere in your summer vacation plans.The last thing you want is to have unexpected car trouble to leave you stranded at the side of the road, ruining all the fun. A pre-trip vehicle check is quite possibly the quickest and best way to ensure that your car is ready to get you to your destination. Especially if this trip includes your little ones!
Here is a pre-trip checklist before hitting the road this summer:
Be sure to check the brake system. Any noise? Any abnormal friction? Have it looked at.
Have a quick check to make sure the battery connection is clean, tight and corrosion-free.
Check your fluids. This includes engine oil, power steering and brake and transmission levels. Also be sure to check the windshield washer fluid and antifreeze/coolant.
Check your air filters. *Quick tip - Dirty air filters can waste gas and cause the engine to lose power. If they are looking quite nasty, swing by our store for a replacement. We keep them in stock always
Have a peak at the hoses and belts. See if they have become cracked, brittle, frayed, loose or show any other signs of excessive wear. These are critical to the proper functioning of the electrical system, air conditioning, power steering and the cooling system.
Check the tires, including tire pressure and tread. Underinflated tires reduce a vehicle’s fuel economy and uneven wear indicates a need for wheel alignment. Tires should also be checked for bulges and bald spots - if you see them, they probably need replacing - we have those too so don't be shy to ask for pricing if you need to replace one or more.
Prepare for the "what ifs". What if you get a flat? Hit an alien near Area 51? (it can happen people) Check your spare tire. Be sure everything is there including your jack and bar. Check the tire pressure on the spare as well. If you have a flashlight, reflective wear or pylons - this is the time to bring them also.
Be sure to pack the baby wipes. Parent of young ones - you know what we mean. They also come in handy when spilling coffee so this can actually apply to all - PACK THE WIPES