Get a car ready for summer road trips

May 10, 2013 12:00 AM

Memorial Day is quickly approaching, and with its arrival comes the unofficial start of the summer season. Many people take advantage of the warmer weather and festive holidays to road trip to the beach or visit family and friends. If that's the case, you'll want to make sure you take all of the proper precautions to ensure your car is ready to hit the road and handle anything that may come its way. 

Before heading out on your summer road trip, make sure you a few areas of your vehicle look at. 

Fluid levels
The start of a new season is the perfect time to check up on the fluid levels of a car. Getting an automotive oil change is a must, as is refreshing the power steering fluid, windshield wiper fluid, brake fluid and antifreeze, AOL Autos reports. 

Soaring temperatures and crowded vehicles can spell disaster if you're not prepared. You'll want to check out the car air conditioning service to make sure you can get a blast of cool air when you need it most, and having the ventilation looked at is also a necessity, according to WSFA News. The last thing you want is for your automobile to overheat while you're stuck in traffic, and having a professional examine the entire HVAC system is the first step to guaranteeing that doesn't happen. 

Wipers and lights
Summer thunderstorms are a common occurrence in many parts of the U.S. While this rain showers may not last very long, they can be intense, and if you're on the road you'll want to have wipers and headlights that can handle even the most severe of weather. Maybe you'll want to upgrade to new wipers, and, since you've already checked your wiper fluid, you can be sure they'll help you out when you need them most.

Similarly, making sure all lights and blinkers are working properly can prevent you from being caught in situations where you are stuck with poor visibility. Solid blinkers can also help avoid accidents and the costly auto repair that comes as a result of a crash. 

Get a tune up
Ultimately, the best thing to do to prep for a road trip is to get a car tune up. Professional technicians will know what you need to do to have your vehicle running smoothly, allowing you to set off on your trip without a care in the world. 

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