If you’re heading out on a road trip this summer, you’ve likely already done a lot of planning. If you’ve not planned your car maintenance, don’t skip that essential step. You don’t want your trip disrupted because your car has an issue. Here are some car maintenance essentials you need to do before hitting the road.
Get an Oil Change
Although every car’s needs vary, most recommend an oil change somewhere between 3,000 – 7,500 miles. An oil change is one of the most affordable and best ways to ensure your car will run as it should the entire trip. Plus, most oil change services also include checking air pressure in your tires along with a few other safety checks.
Speaking of Tires
Do you need new tires? What about a tire rotation? A blow out is dangerous and a flat tire is inconvenient to say the least. Don’t risk your safety with old tires or ones that should be rotated. Schedule a tire rotation or buy new tires before you head out.
Although oil is the most talked about fluid that keeps your vehicle operating smoothly, it’s not the only one. You also need to have your transmission, power steering, brake, and coolant (or antifreeze) checked. Although they don’t need changing as often as oil, they’re still essential fluids for your car to operate. It’s also a good idea to top off your windshield washer fluid.
Lights & Wipers
Before you go, take a walk around your car with the help of another person. Make sure all your lights are operating properly. This will help you stay safe on the road. If your wiper blades are cracking or you’ve noticed they’re not doing a great job of clearing your windshield, replace those before you go.
Do You Need an Inspection?
If you’re unsure about your fluids, oil and tires, bring your car to Oldsmar Automotive. We offer complete car maintenance services before your road trip or anytime. You can stop by our convenient location at 3166 Tampa Road in Oldsmar or call us at (727) 784-3501 to schedule an appointment.