Summer is the perfect time to hit the road on a road trip with your family or friends. The weather is warm, the sun is shining, and the world is your oyster with so many hidden pearls for you and your loved ones to explore together. There’s nothing better than a great Chevy Summer road trip with people you love, but every awesome road trip requires certain vehicle-related preparations to ensure that your trip is both safe and fun. After all, nothing can ruin a road trip faster than car problems along the way.
Chevrolet vehicles are some of the best vehicles to take on road trips. They are both fun to drive and reliable, and they offer excellent, dependable performance on highways and city streets alike. Before you hit the road to embark on the road trip of a lifetime in your Chevy, here are 5 ways to get your vehicle ready for the best summertime road trip ever.
Test Your Lights
This tip is simple but very important. Make sure to test all of your car’s lights to make sure they are working properly before you head out on your road trip. If any of the lights are dim or seem to be flickering slightly, replace their bulbs before you leave home to be safe.
It’s also a good idea to invest in some new bulbs for your car’s head and tail lights before you embark on your road trip. Keep them with you in your car throughout your road trip so that you can quickly and easily replace any bulbs that burn out on the road.
Replace Fluids and Filters
There are several different fluids and filters that allow your Chevy to run safely and smoothly on the road. It is important to top off these fluids and replace these filters if necessary before you embark on your road trip.
Check Your Brakes
The brakes are one of the most important components of your car. No car is safe to drive if its brakes aren’t working as they should.
Before you head out on a road trip, get your car’s brakes checked professionally to make sure they are functioning well. Make sure to get you brake pads and brake fluid levels checked, too, as those are both important components of your car’s brakes system.
Clean Your Battery
As car batteries age, many need to be checked and cleaned from time to time to keep their connection tight and stave off corrosion—which can mess with the functionality of your car’s battery and the safety of your car on the road.
Before you embark on a road trip, it’s a good idea to clean your car battery yourself or have it checked and cleaned professionally to make sure it is well-connected and in safe, corrosion-free condition before you get out on the road.
Inspect Your Tires
Your vehicle’s tires are very important to check before you head out on a road trip. If the tires of your car are out of alignment or have tread that has worn down too far, you need to repair or replace them before continuing to drive your car on the roads—especially on a road trip that involves a lot of unfamiliar or rougher terrains.
A good first step to inspecting your tires is to check to make sure that all four of your tires have worn down evenly. If one or two of your tires are worn down much more than the rest, that’s a red flag that your tires might be out of alignment and require rotation or repairs.
It is also important to measure the depth of your tires’ tread before you hit the road on your next road trip. Tire tread is what keeps your car steady and in control on the road and prevents flat tires and blowouts. When the tread on your tires wears down too far, it is no longer safe to drive on those tires. The tread of brand new tires usually measures between 10/32 and 11/32 of an inch, and safe tire tread measures at least 4/32 of an inch. If your tire tread measures less than 4/32 of an inch, you need to get your tires replaced before you hit the road again.
These 5 vehicle safety precautions will help give you peace of mind before you head out on your road trip and ensure that your trip goes smoothly and becomes a memory you’ll cherish for years to come. Contact our Service department to make sure your vehicle is ready for the road.