How to Prepare Your Vehicle for a Road Trip

As summer approaches, so do all of those fun family trips. But before you embark on any long drives with friends or family, be sure to check your vehicle and properly prepare for your drive.

Checking Your Engine

The engine is the heart of your vehicle. As such, it is the most important thing to check before you go on any adventures. Check the gas cap and make sure it is properly tightened. If the gas cap is cracked or broken, you may want to have your engine checked by a professional in automotive repair.

Also, make sure your vehicle has been recently and properly serviced for an oil change. Poor lubrication in the engine can cause it to overheat or even shut down. Oil deposits and debris can also harm your vehicle if left unattended. At Siskiyou Import Services, we offer engine checks along with a variety of other services to ensure your vehicle is 100% ready for the road ahead.

Making Sure Your Tires Are Ready for the Trip

When checking your tires, you must first make sure the tread on your tires is deep enough to ensure traction on or off the road. Next, you can check the tire pressure. Remove the valve stem cap, then use a tire pressure gauge to measure the amount of air in the tire.

Certain tires need to have a specific pressure to perform properly, so get familiar with this number before adding air. Be sure to measure the tire pressure when the tire is cooled, and not just after driving more than one mile.

Don’t Break the Brakes

Before you leave on any long road trips, consider taking a short test drive to make sure your brakes are working properly. If you hear grinding or squealing when you press the brakes during your test drive, consider having your brake pads replaced by a professional.

For all of your maintenance needs, and to ensure that your summer adventures are safe, consider having your vehicle checked at Siskiyou Import Services. Schedule an appointment today!

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