A summer road trip is the perfect way to enjoy the open road in your vehicle. However, since unexpected events such as a flat tire or accident may occur, it’s important to make preparations to ensure you have contingencies in place. Here are some ways you can prepare for a summer road trip.
Have a vehicle inspection
Before going on your trip, it’s important to have a vehicle inspection. You can bring your vehicle into Montgomeryville Nissan for a multi-point vehicle inspection. During this thorough inspection, our trained technicians can check the follow items:
- That fluids are clean and filled to the proper levels
- Your vehicle’s tires are in good shape
- Your vehicle’s major components such as its engine, transmission and suspension are working in peak condition
- The brakes are in great shape
- The lights in your vehicle’s head lamps and tail lights pass inspection
- Inspect your vehicle’s belts for tears or loosening
By having a thorough inspection, it can ensure your vehicle is ready for a long trip. Furthermore, if your vehicle has a problem you can receive prompt service to repair the part thus reducing risk of a breakdown. You can use our website to schedule a service appointment.
Equipping your vehicle for the trip
Along with an inspection, it’s important to equip your vehicle for the long trip. By planning in advance, it can help you if an emergency arises. Here are some steps to take to properly equip your vehicle for a summer trip:
- First, you should have a first aid kit in your vehicle. You can buy these at department stores. With this kit, add items such as a flashlight, bottles of water, granola bars and any medications you or your passengers take.
- Bring your cell phone, its charger and a hand-cranked charger just in case your vehicle’s battery dies. Additionally, you should add the phone numbers for the state troopers for each state you’ll visit just in case you need to contact them in an emergency.
- Pack road flares or if your vehicle has hazard lights, be sure they work. If you have to pull over for any reason they can help alert drivers to your location.
- Inspect your spare tire kit to make sure you have all the equipment in case your vehicle has a flat.
- Lastly, consider signing up for roadside assistance through an agency like AAA. They service all 50 states and Canada, and can provide you with assistance if your vehicle breaks down.
Overall, these tips can help you prepare for your road trip. By implementing these tips, you can have contingencies in place just in case the unexpected happens.