Get your car road ready!

Get Your Car Road-Ready!

A long weekend is the perfect opportunity to make any time of the year memorable and sweet by taking a road trip with friends or family. Make sure to avoid any bumps in the road, however, by getting your vehicle a check-up before you take off. Small issues that are easily prevented or fixed at home can end up being a huge hassle out on the road, putting a major damper on your fun.

Here are a few tips from Donvance Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram on getting your car ready for a long weekend, so that you can take it easy and enjoy your mini vacation:

The basic checks

Chances are good that you might not go on an incredibly long or intense journey in a weekend, so having all the basics looked at should do the trick for your getaway. You will definitely want your tire pressure checked out and corrected if any of your tires are low. It is a good idea to make sure all of your fluids are checked, and ideally topped off. Your belts, hoses, and lights should be examined, and breaks should be tested visually. A load test for your battery (this tests how much charge it has) is a good idea too.

Additional tips to remember

Get your oil changed. The easiest way to extend the life of a car engine is with frequent oil and oil-filter changes. Keep to the recommended schedule as outlined in the owner’s manual.

Changing your air-filter when it is dirty improves both gas-mileage and performance and helps keep you engine oil cleaner for longer.

The air filter to the passenger compartment can get clogged with dust, leaves and pollen. If you notice that your dash gets dusty frequently, it may be time to change it.

Before packing the trunk, check the air-pressure of the spare tire so it won’t be useless at the time of need.

Go to an auto shop

When you bring your car in to the auto shop, don’t be hesitant to ask a lot of questions, tell your mechanic how long of a drive you have ahead of you or if there is anything specific about the car that is bothering you. Having your car worked on can be an intimidating process at times, largely because you want to stay safe and get what you need without getting duped and paying for services that are not really necessary. However, if you do your research and find a reputable place with a policy of honesty that past customers will back up, you should be in the clear.

So are you ready to hit the road?

Are you or anyone in your family looking for a new, or used car head on over to Donvance Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram. Not only do they have a great selection of vehicles they will make sure they help you in every way they can.

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