Easter Road Trip Checklist
If you and your family are driving during this Easter holiday, check out this checklist of things you can do before your adventure!
Check fluid levels. Making sure your fluids are at proper levels is very important. Check your owner's manual or visit our shop's Youtube channel for some how-to videos. (Professional Auto Care, Houston) Fluids to check would include; engine oil, engine coolant, brake fluid, transmission fluid (if applicable, as many no longer have a dipstick), power steering fluid (if applicable, as many cars now have electric power steering)
Check tire pressure & tire tread. You can find the correct tire pressure amount on the driver's door jamb. Head to your nearby gas station for compressed air. You can check the tread depth by looking for the indicator wear bars. Most tires are built with wear indicators in the tread grooves. The bars are perpendicular to the tread and raised 2/32nds of an inch. If your tread depth is level with the indicator, your tires are worn and need to be replaced. (See image at the end of this post.)
Check spare tire & know where your tire tools are located. You don't want to be in a position where your need your spare tire, and it's completely flat. When checking your other tires, check your spare tire, too. If your spare tire tools are in a hard-to-reach place, consider moving them somewhere more accessible so you do not need to unload half the car to reach them. If you are moving them, keep them stored somewhere away from passengers.
Check engine air filter. Replacing your engine air filter is one of the easiest ways to improve miles per gallon and have a happier car. Ensure the air box is reinstalled correctly as if you leave it loose or do not have it tightened appropriately, it could trigger a check engine light.
Know who you will call in the event of an emergency Write down the numbers for your roadside assistance and people you'd want to reach during an emergency or for your plans, and print out reservation paperwork in case your phone dies or if something happens while on the road. You don't want a shattered screen to prevent you from finding your hotel.
Pack snacks & water I can get pretty grumpy when hungry, so snacks are always available in my car, even if the drive is a couple of hours away. Never know when you or your companions might get hungry.
Of course, you're welcome to either stop by my auto repair shop or one in your area for a certified professional to look over these items. Remember to support small, local businesses! Safe travels.
Photo Courtesy of Discount Tire Co.