Pre-Trip Inspection: What to Know Before You Hit the Road

Spring is on the way, and with it comes warmer weather and hopes of travel. Road trips are a great way to break out of the norm—to go, and do, and see things you haven’t before. But before you strike out on the open road you want to make sure your car is in top shape. You don’t want a breakdown to spoil your adventure. And what starts out as a small problem can turn into a crisis on a long drive. Which is why at Holly Tire, we offer a pre-trip inspection that will help keep your car in top shape while you travel. Here are a few things to watch for:

Battery
Do not get stranded out on the road with a car that will not start. You want to check the terminals and make sure there are not any crocks or corrosion on the battery. If there is damage, you might need to replace your battery.

Engine Oil
As the life-blood of your vehicle, you need oil to keep all the moving parts lubricated and functioning in top condition. So don’t just check the oil level, but also check to make sure the oil isn’t too old. If it is, you should call for an oil change before you leave. This keeps the engine running efficiently, and cuts down on fuel costs.

Transmission Fluid
Another thing you want to be on top of is transmission fluid. Park your car on a level surface and while the engine is warm, check the dipstick. Pull it out, wipe it clean, and reinsert it. Pull it out once more to check the fluid level. You also want to see if it is red or pink (fresh), or brown (old). If it is old, change the transmission fluid—especially if you plan to haul a camper or trailer.

Tires and Brakes
You want to make sure your tire pressure, tread, and wheel alignment are optimal. You also want to check the condition of your spare tire, just in case. If your tires are worn, you might consider having them replaced. If they are out of alignment, a technician can perform a simple Goodrich, MI auto repair to get everything back in line. You also want to make sure your car will be able to stop safely and that your brakes are in full operating condition.

The GPS
If you have an onboard Global Positioning System (GPS), you want to make sure that navigation system is updated and working properly. You can use them not only to get you to your destination, but also give you a destination if you don’t have one, or pinpoint your location on the map. All those come in handy while on a road trip to an unfamiliar area.

These are just five of the things we check during a pre-trip inspection. We will also inspect all safety features like seat belts, horn, lights, wipers, and other fluids. You also want to be sure the heater and air conditioner are in working order.

If you are getting ready for a trip call Holly Tire for a pre-trip inspection. Or you can bring your car by 15140 N. Holly Rd. Holly, MI 48442 and we will try to slot you in. Just remember, don’t set off from Ortonville, MI without making a stop to have your car checked first.

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