How To Get Your Car Ready for A Road Trip

Getting the car ready for a road tripDriving across the country can be wicked fun, but are you sure that your car or truck can take the punishment? Just to be sure, you should definitely ask your local auto mechanic how to get your car ready for a road trip. Of course, you can do the checkup yourself – just be sure to know what you’re looking for! The following six things should be checked before you take your car to the open road. If you don’t, you may end up finding yourself in the middle of nowhere with no ride and no luck.

1. Flush The Radiator

Now, normally you should replace your coolant at least once per year. Over time, the radiator coolant can break down and it can corrode your radiator. This can obviously lead to very expensive problems down the road. But to get ready for a long trip, it’s a good idea to just flush it and fill it.

2. Check Your Tires

Hitting the road in the summer? You’ll probably run into some rain. Make sure the tread on your tires aren’t too worn, and that they will be safe if you hit wet or otherwise hazardous roads. You wouldn’t want to end up in a ditch – or worse. Oh – while you’re down there, be sure to check your tire’s pressure. Look in your car’s manual for the proper PSI.

3. Replace Windshield Wipers

The winter does a number on your windshield wipers, and they become warped and useless. It’s pretty inexpensive to just replace them so that you don’t have to worry about not being able to see in torrential downpours.

4. Replace Your Air Filter

This should be replaced at least twice a year anyway. It takes five minutes and it will save you tons of headaches in the future.

5. How Are Your Brakes?

Please don’t attempt to fix your own brakes unless you’re trained to do it!  Now that I’ve got that off my chest, your brakes should be inspected twice a year to make sure that everything is working. You should never take chances with your car’s brakes, especially when you’re traveling a long distance in unfamiliar places.

6. Check Your Battery

If your battery looks like it’s corroded or the connections seem to be loose, try cleaning it and then reconnecting and tightening the wires and cords that connect to the positive and negative ports. Then use a voltmeter to test the connections. If you’re getting enough power and you’ve cleared the corrosion, you should be good. But if your battery isn’t working well, it’s better to change it now , or you risk having it die on you at the least opportune moment.

If you are heading out on a road trip this summer, call J&R Auto Repair and we will make sure you get to and from your destination safely with expert Lowell MA Auto Repair services.

John Simone (Owner / Master Mechanic)


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