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Road Trip season is almost among us and with the sun shining like it is today, who isn't dreaming of an adventure?

Before you hit the road, you're going to want to make sure that your ride is in tip-top shape! There's nothing like a broken down vehicle to put a damper on your trip.

Take a little bit of time to perform some simple checks and maintenance before embarking on the open road:

Test the Car Battery - Make sure that it is strong and has clean terminals! A road trip is no fun with a car that won't start after a pit stop.

Pack an Emergency Kit - Make sure you have all the right emergency equipment in your car and that it works properly. Including: An up-to-date map (I know, I know, it's 2017 - but let's be real: GPS is not as foolproof as we would like it to be and no-service areas are more than we'd like), spare tires or a puncture repair kit, flares, first aid kit, fire extinguishers and a reflective triangle.

Change the Oil - a long trip can put additional stress on your motor. Unless you had your oil recently changed, it's best practice to get an oil change to make sure any built up sludge is replaced with fresh, new oil to keep your ride running smooth!

Check your Tires - Air pressure and treads! Don't forget the spare at the back! It comes in handy in the most unlikely times. The maximum air pressure level for your tires can be found marked on the side of the tire. Make sure not to over or under fill! Use a penny or tread gauge to check your tread levels. Ensure you have at least 1.6mm of tread left! Tires can heat up on long trips which can cause blowouts or quicker wear!

Top Up the Other Fluids - like the coolant, brake fluid and windscreen wash!

Get your Entertainment Together - You're going to want some good tunes to groove to for your long trip. A pre-made playlist will be your best friend next to your road trip buddies and trusty vehicle!

Check and Clean your Lights, Signals and Windows - you're going to want the best visibility possible, especially if you're going somewhere unfamiliar. Don't forget to check to make sure all of your lights are working!

Check your Brakes - Take your ride in to a service centre to make sure your brake pads aren't worn down.

 

Can you think of something we missed, have questions? Want to make sure you have the right care insurance for your trip? Give us a call today! 604-731-4684 and have a great weekend!

 

 

 

Sources:

www.goliath.com/auto

www.wikihow.com

www.consumerreports.org

 

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