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Preparing for Summer Road Trips

While your summer plans may have had a kink thrown into them due to the COVID-19 crisis, there’s no better time to start planning for some summer road trips for when things get back to normal! With all the downtime, why not get a head start on how to make the most of your summer while still being safe? Read on to learn more about how to prepare you and your family’s vehicle for your next summer road trip.

Before you venture out on your summer adventures, you’ll want to check your vehicle over to ensure everything is in tip-top shape. This will include a few different checks to guarantee smooth sailing once you get on the road.  You’ll want to check over your tires, including the tire tread and tire pressure. Also, double-check that there is no abnormal wear and tear on your tires like gouges or chunks of rubber missing. 

Checking fluid levels is also imperative! You’ll need to check your oil and see if it needs to be changed, and you may want to re-up on your washer fluid to keep your windshield clean and free of bugs and debris while driving. It’s also a good idea to inspect all your light bulbs and the lights in your car. Not only are they imperative for the secure driving of your vehicle, but doing this will help you avoid getting any tickets from law enforcement on your trip. And don’t forget to go over your battery! A bad battery will stop you in your tracks; avoid this by inspecting battery terminals for corrosion and clean it up with a little baking soda and water if need be. 

Along with your regular car checks, giving your vehicle a thorough deep-clean will make loading the car more comfortable and the entire experience more enjoyable overall. Make sure you pack an emergency preparedness kit loaded down with a first aid kit and any supplies you think will be necessary in case of an emergency. 

There are also a few things you’ll want to be aware of before you head out, like the gas prices, toll policies, and window tint policies for the areas that you’ll be visiting or driving through. A simple Google search can make this a breeze, allowing you to compare the lowest prices on gas as well as any regulations you might encounter along the way. Depending on what gear you want to bring along with you on your road trip, it’s also a good idea to perform similar checks for any motorized recreational vehicles you bring along. 


Let the pros at Brown Motor Works help you get the most out of your vehicle for as long as possible. We love partnering with our clients to maximize vehicle longevity and performance. Stop by Brown Motor Works for all your auto maintenance and repair needs. Schedule an appointment today!

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