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Get Ready for Road Trip Season

May 23, 2022

The kids are almost out of school for the summer and it’s a great time to get thinking of a few road trips. Whether you’re planning to travel the entire continent or staying in our beautiful state of Utah, being prepared will make your trip more enjoyable. Before you get out there, take some time to perform some safety checks on your vehicle so you don’t get stuck somewhere unfamiliar.

Vehicle Health Check

The team at Transmission City & Automotive Specialists can get your car road-trip ready in no time. Before you head out on the open road, it’s important to check your vehicle’s battery, top off fluids, replace filters (if necessary), inspect hoses and belts, check the brakes, assess electrical parts and lights, inspect tires and get an alignment, and check the windshield wipers and replace them if they’re worn. If your car comes with a spare tire, make sure it’s in good condition. Many newer cars do not have spare tires, and if this is the case for you, make sure you know your road assistance contact information and keep it handy. Trust your vehicle to us to ensure you get on the road safely well before the trip is planned so that we can make any necessary repairs in time for your vacation.

Get Packin’

We’ve heard some horror (or hilarious) stories of people who’ve forgotten their wallets at home and didn’t realize it until they were in a different state. Make sure you have your license and registration in your vehicle before you pull out of your driveway. It’s also helpful to have a copy of your insurance policy and your vehicle’s manual. Most of this can be accessed online, but it’s good to have a paper copy in case you’re in the middle of nowhere and can’t access the internet.

Another great item to have in your car that not a lot of people consider is a roadside emergency kit. Kits are sold in a lot of places, but you can make your own relatively easily. A basic kit should have battery cables, a couple of light sticks, a reflective vest, a bright warning triangle, a whistle, a window breaking device, a tire pressure gauge, a small tool kit with screwdrivers and a pocketknife, some coolant and motor oil, and a flashlight. You may want to add items such as blankets, a first aid kit, water bottles, granola bars, or even a 72-hour kit depending on where you are headed.

Be Proactive

By taking a few proactive steps, you can enjoy the summer road tripping lifestyle without added stress. Our preventative auto maintenance should be a regular task already, but it’s especially important to address everything before you drive that vehicle for hundreds or thousands of miles. Make car checkups part of your consistent routine so your car can serve you and your family for many years. No matter the age or type of vehicle you have, our experts can take care of it.

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