Before you head over the river and through the woods to grandmother’s house this holiday season, make sure your car is up for the challenge. Here is our road trip pre-departure checklist to make sure you don’t find yourself stranded while everyone else is enjoying the party.
“The last thing anyone wants during the holiday season is to break down miles from home in the middle of nowhere,” said Rich White, executive director, Car Care Council. “It’s always a wise idea to have your vehicle checked out before you leave home to identify any potential problems that can be serviced before your holiday journey.”
- Check your tires. Be sure to check your tire pressure and tire tread to make sure they are in good shape before hitting the road. Not only does the safety of your passengers (and yourself) depend on it, but you’ll also improve your car’s efficiency.
- Check your batteries. If your battery is nearing the end of its useful life, you’ll want to get it replaced before you leave. Frigid temperatures will only magnify any problems the battery has, possibly even leaving you stranded with a car that won’t start.
- Check your fluids. Check your engine oil, engine coolant, transmission fluid, power-steering fluid, brake fluid, and windshield washer fluid.
- Check your windshield wipers and lights. Finally, ensure that your windshield wipers effectively clear your windshield without leaving distracting streaks, and check all the lights, including the interior lights, headlights, high beams, blinkers, reverse lights, and brake lights.
Here at Stalker Chevrolet, we wish you a happy and safe holiday season!