(NC) Warmer weather means it’s time to hit the open road and explore. But before you pack your bags and create your playlist, you need to make sure your vehicle is in perfect working order to prevent any unexpected delays or costly repairs along the way.
Check your filters. Cabin air filters help enhance the air quality in your vehicle’s cabin by removing particles, bacteria and other items that are harmful to human respiratory systems; they also reduce unpleasant odours.
These filters should be replaced yearly to ensure airflow for your heating and cooling systems are working efficiently. Engine filters also need to be replaced annually, as a dirty filter can restrict airflow to your engine, meaning a potential drop in fuel economy of up to 15 per cent.
Pack an emergency kit. Dealing with an issue on the road when you’re far from home can ruin your getaway.
A few key items to include in your emergency kit are jumper cables, a first aid kit, portable cell phone charger, paper road maps, water bottles and a flashlight.
Always carry a spare tire that is inflated to the proper tire pressure and free of any visible issues. Remember, tires age, so the spare you’ve been carrying around for years in your trunk might need to be replaced.
See a pro. If your vehicle hasn’t been into the shop for a while, taking it in before you set out could save you plenty of money – and valuable vacation time. Request that a certified technician check fuel, ignition and emission systems.
Having them also inspect belts and hoses, as well as checking your vehicle’s coolant, power steering fluid, brake fluid, transmission fluid and windshield washer fluid to make sure they are at recommended levels, is essential.
Look for an auto shop like OK Tire, which offers warranty programs that cover most auto services and repairs performed. Help is just a phone call away, providing peace of mind when you’re far from home.