Summer is right around the corner and with so many people saving money these days, a lot of you are thinking about driving to your summer destination instead of flying. There's a few things you should consider before you head out on your summer getaway.
If you have not had your car in the queue for maintenance in the last few months, it's a good idea to get it into the mechanics shop a week or so before your trip. Have the mechanic give your vehicle a once-over by checking the A / C system, cooling system, the condition of the tires – inspect the tread depth, look for cuts in the sidewalls of the tires and check the tire pressure, check the belts and hoses for cracking and replace them if necessary, the windshield wipers may need to be replaced as well, do the oil-change or replace the oil filters and make sure all your lights are functioning properly.
After the mechanic inspected your car, you should also pack the following backup items for your road trip. One gallon of 50% coolant to 50% water, 2 spare quarts or oil, one gallon of windshield washer fluid, flashlight with spare batteries, screwdrivers, flares, pliers, jumper cables and first-aid kit.