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Preparing Your Car for a Roadtrip

Sometimes you just need to get away from home. With the ongoing pandemic, that’s not necessarily easy. Going to an airport could expose you to thousands of people, all breathing the same recycled air.

Instead, why not consider a road trip this summer? Somewhere within driving distance that will let you get out of the house for a while maintaining your social distancing. There’s just one problem, preparing your car for a road trip.

Safety Inspection

If you’re going for a long drive, you need to make sure everything’s in order. The continental US is full of long stretches of land with no town or mechanic for miles around. Before heading off, take your car to the mechanic and request a safety inspection.

This quick examination will check your brakes, lights, windshield, battery, fan belt, and anything else that could prove dangerous if damaged. If the mechanic says that a part is going, but is still good for a few hundred miles, it’s better to replace the part before your trip.

Fluids

Nobody wants to end up on the side of the road with white smoke pouring out of their hood. Yet the summer heat can cause coolant and other fluids to evaporate, potentially endangering you and your family during a long trip.

When you take the cart to the mechanic, ask for a fluid inspection as well. They’ll check the oil, brake fluid, coolant, and anything else that might need refilling. If you’re planning a long trip, such as driving from coast to coast, you should get an oil change before you leave and on your way back.

Tires

As we’ve discussed before, summer heat puts a great strain on tires. That’s why you need to make sure they’re adequately inflated before you head off.

You may also want to have them rotated and realigned before the trip. When it comes to the safety of you and your family, you don’t want to take any chances. Thankfully all of these steps can be done in a single trip to the mechanic, so long as you know what to ask for.

If you or someone you love suffered serious injuries in a car crash, we are here for you. If you’d like an experienced Brevard County personal injury attorney Henderson & Futchko, P.A. to evaluate your case, please send us an email or call (321) 320-7162.

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