Over the River and Through The Woods…will your car make it there?
Before you hit the road for the holidays, follow these simple tips to get your vehicle in tiptop shape before setting out: to keep your car and family safe.
· Pressure - Check to make sure your tires-including the spare-are properly inflated and have been recently rotated. Look for the recommended tire pressure on the placard on your vehicle’s door. · Tread - Look for worn-down tread. Place a penny in the tread and if you can see the top of Lincoln’s head, the tread is likely too low. Also check to make sure your tires-including the spare-are properly inflated and have been recently rotated.
Windshield Wipers - Check the windshield wipers. If they’re worn, change them.
Lights - Take a walk around the car with the lights on. Replace any burnt-out bulbs.
Oil - Check the oil and oil filter and change them if necessary.
Air Filter - Check and replace the air filter and cabin filter if your car is equipped with one.
Emergency Kit - Pack an emergency kit with items that can help you in case you’re stranded. A recently released survey found drivers often overlook this important step. In fact, only one in four carries flares or food and water.
Test Your Battery - If your battery is 4 years old or older, you are living on borrowed time. Bring it in to a trusted automotive service and retail provider for a battery starting and charging diagnostic test.
Brakes - Do the brakes squeak or does the brake pedal feel “soft”? Have your brakes inspected, including all brake linings, hardware and hydraulics, if the last inspection occurred more than 24,000 miles or 12 months ago.