Summer is here, the grass is green, and kids are out of school.  What better way to spend time with your family than with a cross country road trip?  There are so many great national parks and monuments available to visit, it can often be difficult to decide where to go.  However, the most important thing to do is to make sure that your car is ready for whatever road lies ahead.  Here is a quick list of things that should be inspected on your car before you leave.

Fluids and Regular Maintenance: Check your vehicle’s engine oil, transmission oil and differential oil to prevent any damage to the key components that makes your vehicle run properly. Also perform any necessary maintenance that may arise during the trip, such as replacing the timing belt and spark plugs.  It is also extremely important to check the amount of brake pad left, only if you plan on stopping during your road trip.  Another thing to check is your headlights and brake lights; checking these will not only help keep you and your family safe, but it will also help you avoid unplanned stops and tickets from the friendly State Patrol.

Battery: Be sure to check your battery and clean the battery terminals (the two prongs you connect the wires to) so that your vehicle will consistently start during the trip.

Tires and Alignment: One of the most important things to check on your vehicle is the tread left on your tires.  A balding set of tires can be dangerous in rain storms and especially at highway speeds. You should also check your tire pressure before you leave and periodically throughout the trip, which can help increase the life of your tire.  Properly inflated tires along with an alignment can prevent uneven tire wear and improve mileage, which is essential for long road trips.

While the list may seem overwhelming when planning your next road trip, luckily Morrie’s is here to help.  Morrie’s makes it easy with a complimentary Road Trip Ready Safety Inspection.  We’ll check your brakes, your tires, your fluids, your lights, your safety equipment, and have you on your way in no time.  Plus, you can even schedule your appointment online here! Happy road tripping!