Getting Your Vehicle Road-Trip-Ready This Holiday Season

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October 27, 2021

The holidays are a time of giving and spending time with friends and family. For many, this means taking a road trip to visit relatives or attend parties. If you're planning on taking a trip this holiday season, it's vital to get your vehicle in working order before setting off. 

Your car should be well-maintained to avoid severe damage or getting stranded on the side of the road during a busy holiday season. Here are some of the things you should do before the big day!

Here's a list of everything you need to do before hitting the road with your family in tow.

Check Your Vehicle's Oil

Check that your car has adequate oil in it before you start driving. If there isn't enough oil, the engine could overheat and end up with engine damage.

Inspect Your Vehicle's Tires

Get your vehicle's tires checked and rotated if necessary. Consider getting all four replaced if your car is over six years old, as the rubber may have become compromised due to age and heat exposure. 

Nails or debris stuck in a tire can cause a flat, so be sure to remove them. Please pay special attention to the spare tire, ensuring it is properly inflated and in good condition.

Check Your Vehicle's Battery

Check your car battery to ensure there isn't a dead cell or loose connection that could cause problems while driving on the road trip. Also, check the connections of any electrical accessories you plan to use during the trip.

Get a Tune-Up

A tune-up before your holiday road trip will help ensure your car's engine runs smoothly and can prevent exposure to carbon monoxide fumes.

Check Your Vehicle for Leaks, Rust, or Cracks in the Windshield

Check for leaks or damage that may put your or your passengers at risk while on the road trip.

Make Sure Your Seat Belts Work Properly

Ensure all seat belts are working, so everyone traveling in your car can safely and secure during the holiday road trip. Also, check that children's car seats are correctly installed and adjusted and that everyone is wearing their seat belt.

Stock Your Vehicle with the Necessities

Pack a spare tire, jumper cables, first aid kit, work gloves, or shovel to deal with road conditions that could cause problems on your trip. Make sure you have an ice-scraper as well as cloths and towels to clean your windshield. 

Make sure you have all your maps and directions for getting around, including where necessary cell phones or GPS systems. 

Also, make sure you pack an ample supply of food, water, extra clothing, sunscreen, sunglasses, and spare batteries for any electrical equipment you plan on using during the trip.

There you have it. Hopefully, we covered all that you need for an enjoyable road trip! If you need your windshield repaired or replaced, give us a call! That windshield is equally important — let Surge Auto Glass give it a look-see.

We'll give you our honest opinion whether you need a windshield repair or replacement.

We hope you have a safe and amazing trip this season! After all, it is all about enjoying each other's company!

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