Diehard® 3 Ways to Make Your Car Road Trip Ready - Presented by Sears Auto Center
So you’ve achieved a feat of engineering excellence by perfectly squeezing your suitcases and gear into the trunk, and you’ve created a solid playlist the whole family can agree on. Congratulations – you’re ready for your road trip! But is your car ready? Before you hit the road, make sure you give your car the same attention you give your packing checklist. Our experts have compiled some tips to make sure your road trip doesn’t include any unnecessary pit stops.
Inspect Your Vehicle
Check your wiper blades to make sure they aren’t cracked or squeaking, and replace them if necessary. Inspect your tires for any bulges, cracks or foreign objects that may have penetrated the rubber, and check the pressure on all your tires, including the spare. Look under the hood and check the oil and coolant levels. Take your car to your local Sears Auto Center for a free battery check to make sure your battery is up for your summer road trip challenge. Our experts will check the charge and inspect the terminals for corrosion.
Pack an Emergency Kit
An emergency kit is a must-have in every vehicle, but it’s especially important to make sure your kit is stocked before a road trip. A standard emergency kit should include a first-aid kit, fire extinguisher, reflective warning triangles, a flashlight, tow rope, gloves, rags, tire gauge, jumper cables, a working jack, rain poncho and flares. It’s also smart to pack a couple bottles of drinking water and nonperishable snacks (protein bars, trail mix, granola bars, etc.).
You should also make sure your car’s manual is in the glove box, just in case you need to consult it for roadside assistance. You can also find your recommended tire pressure there.
Make sure your electronics are charged and ready for action, and consider bringing a power inverter and universal power and adaptor kit. A power inverter can convert your car battery into household power, allowing you to hook up your TV, stereo, laptop and even household appliances without draining all the juice during pit stops. As long as your alternator is in working condition, your battery can keep you running down the road and power all your electronics.
Remember, climate plays a large role in battery failure – and warm temperatures can affect your vehicle in many ways. If you’re driving to a particularly warm area, have your battery tested and fully charged before you hit the road.
At Sears Auto Center, our experts will also perform a multi-point inspection to make sure you’re ready to go! Be sure to schedule an appointment at your local Sears Auto Center for a checkup before you hit the road.