Road trips should be spent having fun on the road, not on the shoulder waiting for a tow truck.
Imagine this: you and your friends are finally embarking on the road trip you’ve been planning for over a year–everyone has taken their appropriate vacation days from work, and you’re all ready to go (as soon as that friend that’s always late arrives). You didn’t bother to check if your car was ready for this kind of trip, but simply assumed it would be. You’re not even a quarter of the way there, and you suddenly see smoke coming from the hood of your car. Not good. You pull over and have to head back home after a tow truck takes your car. To avoid this unwanted scenario, here are a few tips and tricks on how to prepare your vehicle for a road trip.
- Check all of your fluids: By fluids, we mean your engine oil, brake fluid, power steering fluid, coolant, and transmission fluid (if it applies to your car). If there are any low or empty fluids, take your car to the mechanic and make sure that levels are optimal before heading out.
- Check your battery: Do you have a lot of battery acid build-up around your terminals? This is a sign that your battery is low on power and should be replaced.
- Check your tires: Make sure that your tire pressure and tread are up to par. You don’t want to be stuck on a slippery road on your trip with low tread, or on scalding roads with low pressure. It could easily spell trouble.
The best way to protect against any accidents that lie out of your control is if you have a quality car insurance policy. Contact C.V. Mason Insurance Agency in Bristol, Connecticut. We will work with you to ensure you have the right amount of auto insurance coverage, all at the right price to fit your budget.