Getting Your Vehicle Road Trip-Ready This Summer

Headed out on a road trip this summer? Then you want to make sure that your vehicle is ready to go. The last thing you want to deal with is a dead battery or a flat tire out in the middle of nowhere. So how do you get started inspecting your vehicle? Here’s a checklist on how to get your vehicle ready for your next summer road trip.

Inspect tires

The first thing that you want to do is check your vehicle’s tires. You will want to inspect each tire to make sure that the pressure level is correct. You can use a tire pressure machine at your local gas station to regulate your tires. Also, check the tread wear on all of your tires. You can check the level of each tread using the “Penny Test.” Simply take a penny and insert it with Lincoln’s head upside down. If you can still see Lincoln’s head, then the tread level is too low and the tire needs to be replaced. Finally, check for any punctures or damage to the tires.

Check battery

Make sure that your battery can give your vehicle enough charge on the road. If your battery has not been replaced in the last four years, then now is the time to get a new battery for your vehicle. If you are not sure if your battery is too old, then check the intensity of the vehicle’s lights. If your vehicle’s headlights, taillights, and cabin lights are low, then your battery may not be in top shape. Another sign of a weak battery is a clicking sound when the ignition is turned. Finally, be sure to check for any signs of corrosion on the battery connectors.

Check fluid levels

You also want to make sure that the fluid levels on your vehicle are not too low. Be sure to check your vehicle’s oil, coolant, and wiper fluid. If you need to get any of these fluids topped off, then you can certainly do it yourself. However, if you feel uncomfortable handling your own vehicle’s fluids, then go ahead and get the vehicle’s oil change. Oil change service is pretty affordable and the technician will be able to perform a number of services during your visit.

Inspect the A/C system

When the hot summer months come, you want to make sure that your vehicle’s air conditioning system is in top shape. Therefore, you will want to check each vent on your vehicle’s A/C system. Also, be sure to check the cabin air filter. The cabin air filter is responsible for sending clean air into the cabin. If you are having any issues with your vehicle’s air conditioning system, then be sure to have your vehicle checked out by a technician. They will be able to perform a full A/C system inspection. During a typical inspection, the technician will check the system’s pressure levels and check for any mainline breaks in the A/C system.

Check the wheel alignment

You want to make sure that you enjoy a smooth ride on the road, that’s where the vehicle’s alignment comes in. You should have your vehicle’s alignment serviced at least once a year. With vehicle alignment service, the technician will adjust the wheels back to the manufacture’s specifications. This will allow you to experience a smoother ride on the road.

Double all of your vehicle’s lights

Sometimes, it can be hard to know if your vehicle’s lights are all in top condition. Since you are going out on a road trip, you want to make sure that you have top viability on the road. Also, you want to make sure that other drivers can see you as well.  Be sure to check your vehicle’s headlights and tail lights as well as fog lights. Also, check to see if your vehicle’s interior lights are in top working order.

Clean your vehicle’s exterior

Even though your vehicle is likely to get messy on your road trip, you want to make sure that it is clean before you hit the road. Cleaning your vehicle is important to make sure that the gunk is cleared out from the vehicle’s grille and wheel wells. Also, you want to make sure that your vehicle’s headlights are clear of any dirt that could lower its viability. Finally, it is a good idea to have the interior vacuumed so dirt and dust do not accumulate during the road trip.

Check the vehicle’s breaks 

You want to make sure that your vehicle’s breaks work when you need them most. Therefore, you will want to test the braking power of your vehicle. If your vehicle is not stopping as it should or if it is pulling to one side, then you will want to have your vehicle sent to a mechanic.

Places to visit within hours of Wood River, IL

Now that your vehicle is ready to hit the road, you have to find places to visit outside the Wood River, IL area. There are several great destinations to visit no matter which direction that you are going. Here are some top destinations to consider:

  • Busch Stadium, St. Louis – The St. Louis Cardinals baseball team is competitive almost every year. Therefore, you may want to take the time to catch a Cardinals home game.
  • Blake Lowry Campground – Looking to go camping? You should check out the Blake Lowry Campground located about 35 miles northwest of the Wood River area.
  • O’Fallon Brewery – If you want to check out one of the top Breweries in the area, then you will want to visit O’Fallon Brewery located about 20 minutes outside of the St. Louis area.
  • Batchtown State Fish and Waterfowl Management Area – Looking for a great place to relax and enjoy a picnic? Then you will want to make a stop at the Batchtown State Fish and Waterfowl Management area.

Getting ready for a summer road trip

The summer is made for going on road trips. Make sure that your vehicle is ready to go with some common sense maintenance tips. With the right preparation, you will have a worry-free adventure. For help with any of your vehicle’s repair or service needs, visit the service experts at Federico CDJR in Wood River today!