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Summer Road Trips Coming Up!

Start your road trip out on the right foot with a few quick steps.

Step 1

It’s always a good idea to make sure your car is physically ready to make a long trip. Make sure you’re up to date on any scheduled maintenance and that there are no safety concerns. Also be sure to check your tire pressure and fluid levels. Top off windshield washer fluid, and buy one that fits the season you are driving in; deicer for winter, bug formula for summer.

Step 2 Thoroughly clean your vehicle. To start a road trip off with a dirty car can be a drag. Get a large box and empty everything you don't need on this trip into the box. Then you can vacuum and wipe down the entire vehicle. Grab a couple of air fresheners of your choice or you can use a natural deodorizer like: baking soda. Baking soda (sodium bicarbonate in a convenient box) neutralizes stubborn acidic odors — like those from sour milk — as well as other funky smells lurking in your car.

Step 3 - Essentials & Emergency Kit

1. Jumper cables

2. Flare kit

3. Jack and replacement tire (check pressure)

4. Air compressor

5. Flashlight with extra batteries

6. Phone charger

7. Small fire extinguisher

8. First aid kit

9. Blankets

10. Water

11. Food that will last if necessary, like peanut butter

12. Utility knife

13. Waterproof poncho

14. Tow rope


Check your vehicle before you take off and after each stop. Pack a car care kit that has some necessary supplies for maintaining your vehicle. A small amount of extra gasoline, some engine oil, a tire pressure gauge, and tire repair kit can all come in useful during long trips. You never know when something may happen and being prepared will keep you out of danger. Make sure all lights, signals, and wipers are working before you start moving each time. Simple things like broken or missing tail lights can end up causing accidents or get you pulled over!

Be sure to have your most updated inspection / insurance card and drivers license.

Learn more about auto maintenance and pricing: 972-562-8500

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