How lucky we are to be center of our state, only hours away from so many inspiring destinations! The idea of a well-planned road trip, is in full swing for so many of you. While it can be freeing and exciting, one of the biggest challenges we constantly see, is that families get excited for road trip vacations and completely forget to inspect their cars. While your car may be able to handle a small trip back and forth to work, hitting the road adds a lot of extra stress on vehicle components and an unexpected breakdown on the road is an important denominator in possibly ruining your much structured vacation budget.
Below, we share three tips from the Car Care Council on how to minimize such possible headaches.
1. Check the tires - including tire pressure and tread. Uneven wear can indicate a need for a possible wheel alignment or suspension issues. Tires should also be checked for bulges and bald spots. An acceptable tire tread depth is 6/32 or deeper. Once they measure at 4/32, it is time to start thinking replacement!
2. Check lighting to identify any problems with exterior and interior lighting as the chance of an accident increases if you can’t see or be seen! With some modern vehicles, keep in mind that replacing the bulb can be quite the task, and require our professional care. With that said, we highly recommend you leave it to us, the experts, as electrical malfunction can lead to bigger issues later. Come see us at C & G Auto Center for a FREE light scan - anytime.
3. Check wipers and all fluids. Wiper blades should be replaced every six to twelve months for optimal performance in the rain. This is especially important in Florida, as a surprise "April shower" is a highly common occurrence! Make sure the windshield wipers are working properly and keep the reservoir filled with solvent. Have us check your other fluids including engine oil, power steering, brake and transmission, as well as your antifreeze/coolant.
“A pre-trip vehicle check provides peace of mind,” said Nathan Perrine, executive director, of the Car Care Council. “Taking proper precautions provides an opportunity to have any repairs performed by one’s own trusted technician before hitting the road, reducing the chance of costly car trouble away from home.”
Bottomline, bring your car to your trusted auto repair center for a pre-trip inspection! Awareness and care allow you to enjoy the Florida roads and beyond, and some of the greatest memories that happen in those car seats!
C & G Auto Center/ 407.801.6309/ cgautocenter.com