It's Road Trip Time!

Summer’s going to be here before you know it, and summer means vacations and road trips in the family car. Is your car ready for the road? Here are some things you’ll want to check over before you pack, load the kids and get going!

  1. Fluids: That means motor oil, coolant, transmission fluid and windshield washer fluid You’ll need to make sure that everything’s topped off and that they’re clean, free of contamination and in good shape. Coolant and motor oil in particular are vital to dissipating heat and keeping your engine in a normal operating temperature range.Road Trip Checklist Vehicle Car Family Springfield MO
  2. TiresThis one’s really important, because long miles, a loaded-up car and high temperatures are stressful on even a new set of tires. Take a careful look at your tires and check for uneven wear, bulges in the sidewalls or exposed cord or belts. Check inflation (remember to check before the tires are warmed up), have them rotated (every 5,000 miles is the rule) and check the tread depth. Here’s a really simple way to do that…take a penny and stick it in a tread groove. If the rubber reaches Lincoln’s head, your tires are at a depth of 2/32” and should be replaced right away. Try again with a quarter; does the rubber reach the top of George Washington’s head? That’s a tread depth of 4/32”. Once again with the penny and see if the tread reaches the Lincoln Memorial; if so, your tires are at a depth of 6/32” and are good for awhile.
  3. Lights: Don’t wait until a state trooper pulls you over to find out you have a taillight out. Check all your headlights and taillights.
  4. A/C service: Even a late model car can lose as much as 5 percent of its refrigerant over a year. If your A/C seems a little weak, have it checked over and recharged if necessary.

Family road trips are still one of the best ways to see the United States, set your own destinations and route and choose your own pace. Before you take it out on the road, come by JBC Tire and let’s make sure your vehicle’s ready for the road ahead. This way you’ll have a road trip that’s trouble-free.