No matter how much care and effort you put into planning, a road trip never seems to go exactly as planned. You might forget your most important item, even if you have a strict packing list. Your child might be prone to car sickness, which might make you queasy, too. Or… and this is a big one… you might get a flat tire.
While we can’t prevent all of the unexpected (or icky) from occurring, we can help you get your tires and car in tip-top shape to tackle your big trip. Here are a few tips to help:
Tip #1: Replenish Your Vehicle’s Fluids
Low or dirty oil causes engine wear damage. Low coolant (antifreeze) causes overheating, which is the number one cause of breakdowns and usually results in catastrophic engine damage. Using your windshield washer fluid pump without fluid will make it wear out quicker, and reduce visibility. The ASE-certified technicians at Tire Discounters can take care of these checks for you so your vehicle isn’t hung out to dry.
When traveling long distances with loved ones, it’s especially important that your tires are in the right shape to keep you safe. Misalignment can lead to poor handling or imprecise maneuvering. Worn tire tread might also put you at risk for hydroplaning. If you’re unsure about your alignment or tire tread, stop by your local Tire Discounters store to have this checked.
Tip #3: Travel With A Spare
Not all vehicles have with a spare tire. Talk about leaving you in a pinch. Before your big trip, make sure you’re traveling with a spare and know where it’s located. Please do not remove that spare to create additional space to cram more personal things into the trunk. Murphy’s law, if you remove that spare, your gonna need that spare.
Check to make sure to check that it is properly inflated if your vehicle has a spare. It’s also helpful to keep a clear path to it so you can access it quickly. Remember that a spare is only meant for temporary use, most spares are only intended to be used for up to 50 miles.
Tip #4: Have The Tools For Changing A Flat
It’s important to have the proper tools for putting that spare tire to good use. Many vehicles already come equipped with tools for lifting the tire, removing and replacing its lug nuts and prying off the wheel cover. Before leaving, make sure you’ve located these items – or purchase them if you don’t have them already.
Tip #5: Stay Safe
We recommend stocking up on a few helpful items to keep you out of harm’s way. An emergency kit that includes a flashlight, jumper cables, a first aid kit, water and a warm blanket will come in handy in the event of an emergency – day and night, no matter the weather.
At Tire Discounters, you can take advantage of seven different free service checks and we offer a free extensive 22-point safety check to help ensure a great road trip. Let us help you prepare for your exciting adventure.