After a long school year most families are ready to get out of town! Make sure your car is ready to head out on the road, the last thing you want to do is to be stuck in the middle of nowhere with grumpy, hungry kids and no place for miles to feed them! This doesn't make a pretty picture and it will not be long before tempers flare and words are said that you may regret! To keep your family happy make sure you have the family car checked out by your local mechanic before you head out this summer!
Here are some things that you make sure you do to get your vehicle summer-ready:
Get a Checkup. Make sure to get your vehicle in the shop for some basic maintenance such as checking the brakes, wipers and fluid levels and an oil change and tune up. It is important make sure your car is in shape for a peace of mind, as well as optimal fuel economy.
Battery Check. Check your battery to make sure it has clean terminals and is working as it should. If the terminals do need cleaning a little baking soda and water will do the job. A road trip is no fun if your car won't start.
Inspect Your Tires. Your tires are your connection to the road. It is important they are in good shape. Inspect for any tears or bulges in the side wall. Also make sure you have plenty of tread left. You can do this by using the 'penny trick'. Tire pressure should also be checked.
Stock Your Car. You never know when you might be stranded, whether it is with a flat tire, bad weather, or a traffic jam. So it make sense to stock you car with some items that you may need. An emergency kit, blanket, first-aid kit, and some basic tools are a good start. Also, bring water and extra snacks.
Know where you are Going. Many cars today have a GPS included. If it doesn't it is likely that you can use your phone's GPS. Some still prefer to use their portable GPS navigation system to help get to where they are going. Regardless of the GPS system you use, it is still important to look at your route ahead of time, and know the basic track you are taking.