With warmer weather on the horizon – not to mention prime vacation season – many people are still avoiding air travel and are instead turning to their vehicles to take them away for a break. Before you hit the road, however, it’s important that your vehicle is in ship shape, so your vacation isn’t cut short by car problems.
Spring is an excellent time to carry out routine maintenance on your vehicle. It’s the time to transition the car from “winter mode” to “summer mode.” While tire rotations and oil changes are important, there is more to routine maintenance than these two tasks.
Check Fluid Levels
In addition to oil changes, it’s important to ensure you are current on other types of fluids, including coolant, windshield wiper fluid, power steering fluid, and brake fluid. Ask your vehicle’s service provider to ensure that all your fluids are topped up.
Replace Windshield Wipers
While your windshield wipers may be working at the moment, wipers can break down quickly and suddenly. If you’re about to embark on a family road trip, you may wish to consider replacing your wipers before you get caught in heavy rain with non-functional wipers.
Inspect Belts and Hoses
Belts and hoses are critical to the health of your vehicle. Your vehicle’s serpentine belt, for example, is responsible for functions such as power steering, the water pump, and the alternator. Your vehicle’s hoses are responsible for bringing fluids such as coolant or brake fluid where it’s needed. Regular checks and the replacement of belts and hoses will prevent engine problems and breakdowns.
Before you head out on the highway, have your brakes inspected. The brake system includes hoses, fluids, rotors, brake pads, calipers, and linings, and they all play an important role in safe braking.
Rotate Tires & Fill
The last thing you need on a trip is to find your tires aren’t in great shape. It’s important that tires have enough air and tread to allow them to make maximum contact with the road. Properly inflated and balanced, and in good condition, they are responsible for optimal steering and handling, as well as maximum gas mileage. Tire wear can be hard for the untrained eye to see, so consider having your tires inspected professionally before the summer driving season.
Service Your A/C
For summer driving, it’s important that your car’s cooling system is working properly. When you have your vehicle serviced, have a technician check to ensure your AC is working well, and that all vehicle air filters have been recently changed.
While it may not be essential to the mechanical operations of your vehicle, having the right insurance is important for protecting you and your family. To be sure that your vehicle insurance policy offers the coverage you need, ensure that your policy is up to date. In Connecticut, Petruzelo Insurance offers personal and business policies that fit your needs and protect your vehicle. Call us at 866-479-3327 or visit our website for more information.