As we just passed the first long weekend of many this summer, It is always wise to complete a pre-trip inspection on your vehicle. Below are some helpful tips to ensure you and your loved ones are safe on the road when going on a trip to the cottage, camping in the woods, or anywhere the open road may take you his summer.
– Ensure that all lights on the vehicle are working. Check your signal lights on the front and back of the vehicle, brake lights and if applicable to your vehicle; fog lights. If you find any burnt out lights, they are usually simple repairs. However, if you face some challenges when changing a bulb, a quick stop to an automotive repair facility to change them will have you back on the road in no time.
– Check to make sure all wipers are working, and that your washer fluid is topped up.
– Check the tire pressure on all tires, don’t forget to check the spare tire as well! If your vehicle does not have a spare tire, make sure that you either have an air compressor or a can of something like “Fix a Flat”. Be aware that these are not permanent repairs, and a visit to an automotive shop is recommended so that a technician can address the cause of the leak.
– Check your oil level. If you are going on a long road trip, and you are almost due for an oil change, it is always recommended to visit an automotive repair facility for an oil change.
The following video will help show you how to complete some of the above tips!