Changing seasons and warmer weather bring vacation plans for many families, and regular car maintenance can help reduce repair problems while on the road. Getting ready for a vacation takes a lot of planning – what to pack, where to go, who to visit, what to eat – and it should also include a quick stop in your trusted auto repair shop before you leave.
Unfortunately, not everybody follows a schedule of regular car maintenance, but if you’re getting ready to travel, it’s important to have systems checked over for safety and functionality.
A qualified car mechanic will conduct a full vehicle inspection, while giving special attention to proper fluid levels, tire pressure and safety features. If you will be driving to hotter or colder climate areas, he can also recommend whether different types of fluids will be necessary for your trip.
Normal wear and tear of filters, belts, and hoses may not seem critical when you’re staying around town. However, if you’re driving hundreds or thousands of miles, it may be better to replace a belt or hose early if it is showing early warning signs of needing new parts.
Finally, your trusted auto mechanic will make sure everything is operating safely for your trip, including lights, blinkers, and brakes. There is nothing worse than driving down a steep incline, only to discover that your brakes are failing. The auto repair shop that you frequently visit will have a record of past repairs, and will recommend when parts should be replaced.
Take the time now for regular auto maintenance to prepare your car, van or truck so that you can enjoy your vacation without worrying about breaking down on the road.