Preparing Your Car For a Road Trip

It’s the holiday season, which means an estimated 90% of holiday travel will occur via automobile as people head out to join their families (according to the AAA 2012/2013 Year-End Holidays Travel Forecast). Is your car ready for the journey?

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Depending on how far you’re going, you’ll want to make sure you’re prepared in different ways.  If you're sticking to shorter trips (say, from San Diego to Los Angeles) you should inspect and top off your fluids, inspect your tires for damage or excessive wear, and maybe make sure there are spare batteries around for any electronics your kids are using to distract them from the drive.

For longer trips, such as up to the Bay Area and beyond, you should take a little more time with your fluid checks. If you’re already overdue for a service such as an oil change or a new set of brakes, you should have that service completed before you pack up. Road trips and family visits can be stressful occasions without unexpected car troubles slowing you down. Convoy Auto Repair is happy to help with any service you may need or to inspect something that you think is going bad.

Are you headed out to a colder region? Make sure your antifreeze to water ratio is appropriate for the temperatures you’ll be experiencing. Will there be snow? Make sure your tires are rated “All Season” before hitting the road, and maybe pick up a set of tire chains or cables from the nearest auto parts store.

This is also a good time to make sure your first aid kit is up to date and that you have supplies such as road flares and water for any emergencies that could come up while you’re on the road.

If you have any questions about specific tips for preparing for a long drive, Convoy Auto Repair can help. Give us a call for advice, maintenance, or an appointment.

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