Spring & Summer Spell Vacation! Save $$ by Hitting the Road! Check Your Car First!
In a large part of the US, when the seasons change from winter to spring, most cars are covered with a thin layer of salt and packed with shovels, snow brushes and extra blankets in case of the unexpected snow storm. Even in California, while we haven’t had quite the amount of snow, there’s been a lot of rain and wind. Now that we’ve gotten a little taste of spring, it’s time to start thinking about getting your car ready for any upcoming travel. One of the best things you can do is make an appointment for a multi-point inspection to assure yourself that your car is in tiptop shape for spring and summer driving. Given the cost of airfare these days, while gas is fairly expensive in the major metro centers of San Francisco, New York and Los Angeles, most every place else, it’s less expensive. Given that road trips often do not the distance of most flights, you can cut corners by driving to see some destinations you haven’t seen at all or have not visited in quite a while. If you rent something with a kitchenette, you can cook at least 1-2 meals per day.
Even in California, there’s a lot we can see just by packing up the car and driving maybe 4-6 hours and voila, something new to see and do.
Spring Car Care Checklist
Rotate your tires: Rotating your tires roughly every 5,000-10,000 miles can extend the life of your tires significantly by reducing wear.
Change oil and filter: Keep to the manufacturers’ recommendation and change your oil and filter in accordance with the vehicle owner’s manual.
Change the air filter: Your car’s air filter prevents dust and other debris from getting into the engine’s running parts.
Check the belts and hoses: Winter weather takes a toll on your car’s belts and hoses making them more likely to break. Visibly inspect them for wear and replace any glazed or frayed belts or bulging hoses.
Inspect the brake fluid level: If the level has fallen below the “low” mark on the fluid reservoir, it usually indicates major brake wear or a leak somewhere in the system; have the brakes inspected as soon as possible.
Check the wiper blades: Make sure the blades are making full contact with the windshield and have not dried out after the harsh winter months.
This video features commentary from:
– Robert Sinclair, Jr., AAA
– Julie Hennings, RoadtripsforFamilies.com
– James Bell, Automotive Expert
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