The Five Most Important Things to Check before Your Next Road Trip

The summer travel season is approaching and you’re probably anxious to get out on the open road.

Whether you plan to drive a few hours or a few states away, we’ve compiled the following tips to help make your next family road trip a smooth ride.

Schedule a basic maintenance check. You’ll experience less stress on your trip if your car is running efficiently and you feel confident it will be reliable while out on the road. Is the check engine light coming on intermittently or have you heard some unsettling noises emanating from your engine? Take care of it now with a simple diagnostics and troubleshooting appointment. If you’ve noticed your gas mileage doesn’t seem as efficient as it once was, it may be time for a diagnostic check. Escondido Auto Tech uses the most updated diagnostic equipment and technology to quickly and accurately diagnose even minor repairs before they grow into larger and more expensive car repair issues.

Inspect your tires. Your tires should have a decent amount of tread on them. Look for any rips or bulges along the side walls. Your vehicle owner’s manual should list the tire pressures necessary for your tires. If you’ve been putting off the replacement of your tires, now is a good time to do this.

Check your brake pads. Your local auto repair shop, including Escondido Auto Tech, can look over your braking system to find out if your brake pads are worn out or if they should be replaced.

Check your car battery. Your battery should stay charged and have clean terminals. If not, some baking soda and water may help. A good battery will make sure your car will start on each leg of your journey.

Be prepared in case of an emergency. An emergency can happen when you least expect it. However, there are some preparations you can make to get you back on the road sooner, rather than later. Pack jumper cables, some basic tools, a flashlight, blanket and a First-Aid kit. Water and snacks are a good idea, too. Keep in mind that if you over pack your vehicle, it can reduce your fuel economy. A membership for a roadside repair service is an affordable way to prepare for emergencies both on long car trips and on your daily commute.

If you want to ensure your vehicle’s electrical and mechanical systems are in great condition for a road trip, call the qualified ASE mechanics at Escondido Auto Tech and make an appointment before your next trip. As a full-service maintenance and repair facility, we’ll assess your vehicle’s condition and provide you with your repair or maintenance choices.

Visit www.eatauto.com or call (760)745-4454 to schedule an appointment before your next road trip.