There’s no better way to celebrate the arrival of summer than planning your first road trip. It’s the perfect time – the sun is shining, but it’s not too hot (yet), the air is clear and free of forest fire smoke (here’s hoping we won’t have one this year), and our local wineries and tourist destinations are now open to explore.
One question: How’s your vehicle running? Here’s a few tips to make it road worthy as you plan out your route.
Inspection is Key
Before you think about taking off, you need to make sure your car is inspect thoroughly. Make an appointment with us to get a full tune-up and checkup. This includes looking at the brakes, tires, coolant levels, oil changes, and other important components under the hood. Have any repairs done before your trip so that they don’t suddenly cause issues while on the road. Safety must always be your priority and being able to identify and fix minor issues can help you avoid greater issues down the road.
Speaking of safety, let’s talk tire inspections. Tires are one of the most important components of your vehicle, and it’s crucial to make sure they’re in great condition. Thoroughly inspect your tires for any signs of damage, uneven wear, or leaks. Tire pressure matters too, as over-inflation is just as harmful on the road as under-inflation. Make sure to check your vehicle’s recommended tire pressure, which can usually be found on the driver’s door jamb.
Fluids and Filters
Fluids are essential to any car. Keep your vehicle running smoothly by checking the fluids before you start driving. Take a look at the power steering fluid, brake fluid, transmission, coolant, and of course, the oil. Replace any fluids that haven’t been changed in a while. Check your air filters as well. A dirty filter can wreak havoc on your engine’s performance and fuel economy. Make sure to clean or replace the air filter if it’s dirty. We can do all these maintenance checks for you when you bring your car in.
Finally, it’s important to be prepared for emergencies on the road. Whether it’s a flat tire or engine troubles, a basic emergency kit can be a saving grace in a sticky situation. A roadside emergency kit is highly recommended, and you should include things like a first-aid kit, flashlight, blanket, extra fluids, tire repair kit, and jumper cables. Remember, you never know what will happen on the road and it’s better to be fully prepared than be stuck when an emergency arises.
A summer road trip in BC is a great way to create exciting memories with friends and family, but it’s crucial to stay safe on the road. Taking the time to perform vehicle maintenance, checking your tires, fluids and filters, and putting together an emergency kit will ensure you’re ready to hit the road with complete peace of mind. Enjoy your travels across Kamloops or beyond, with a well-maintained car that will help you make the most out of your summer adventures.