Things to Do Before You Hit the Road This Summer

Ahhh the summer. For most of us, this is the time we take those vacations we’ve been planning all year long. I don’t know about you, but I just love hitting the road with the windows down and feeling that summer air (in the early morning of course when the temperatures aren’t unbearable).

If you’re planning a trip in your new or pre-owned Chevrolet with friends or family this summer, it’s a good idea to check a few things before you head out of the Dallas Ft Worth metroplex. 

For starters, ask yourself the following questions:

  1. When is the last time you checked your refrigerant? Long roads trips quickly become miserable with no air condition especially during this time of year.
  2. How are your fluid levels looking? Check the wiper,transmission and brake fluid levels.
  3. When was your last oil change? Check your windshield for a sticker that lists the mileage of your last oil change. If it was more than 3,000 miles ago, I’d recommend a change. If you aren’t sure how long it’s been and there isn’t a sticker to tell you, then you definitely need to bring your car or truck in to the Classic Chevrolet service department and let them take a look for you.
  4. How’s that glove box looking? Do you have all of your documents up to date?

Now that we’ve made it through that list, here are a few other important things to check on:

  • Double-check the air pressure in all your tires,including the spare. Long hours of pounding the pavement are hard on tires,so check each tire’s tread for wear.
  • Check the antifreeze hoses,and make sure you don’t need to top off the coolant.
  • Make sure your headlights,turn signals,back-up lights are working. Did you know that extra weight in the rear of your car or truck can cause your headlights to shine higher than normal,potentially blinding other drivers momentarily?
  • Adding on to the previous item,make sure items you’ll need at a rest stop are easy to find. Avoid packing a lot more weight on one side of the car than the other.

Once you get on the road, you definitely don’t want to run into any car-related issues. It’s a terrible way to start or finish a trip. As always, the Classic Chevrolet dealership is more than happy to help you check off the above lists.

[Source: Allstate.com]

Thanks to Cassidy Schafer for contributing.

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