Why Auto Care Is Important Before Summer Trips

As nicer weather rolls in and school buses bring children back home for the summer, families begin planning summer trips and vacations that require them to drive significant distances. This increase in driving further necessitates the need for preventative auto maintenance to reduce breakdowns and vehicle malfunctions over the course of the trip.

Vehicles that have been on the road for 10 or more years are even more at risk, according to the American Automobile Association. AAA says that vehicles that are over 10 years old face double the risk ending up stranded on the side of the road and quadruple the risk of needing a tow.

Regardless of vehicle age, AAA stresses that it’s important that vehicle owners have three areas of their automobile checked and serviced before embarking on summer trips: the battery, the engine and tires.

The Car Care Council also suggests having the HVAC system, brakes, wipers, lighting and fluids checked before such trips to reduce the chances of an unexpected breakdown.

Car Care Council Executive Director Rich White said in a statement that pre-trip vehicle inspections are essential to ensuring the readiness and safety of a vehicle.

"The Car Care Council urges all drivers to make sure their vehicles are road-trip ready to minimize the chance of car trouble away from home," White said. "With the average vehicle age exceeding 11.5 years and the odds of a roadside breakdown much greater for those with older vehicles, a pre-trip vehicle inspection is especially important to help ensure a stress-free journey."

Drivers should prepare for all emergencies and make sure their vehicle is equipped with the right emergency supplies. This includes having jumper cables, non-perishable foods, water, first aid kits, light sources, tire-changing supplies and a blanket in your vehicle at all times.

Having a stress-free summer trip all comes down to proper preparation which includes preventative auto maintenance. So before you hit the open road this summer, be sure to take the time to have your vehicle checked out beforehand so you don’t suffer from any unneeded headaches that to a breakdown that could have been prevented.

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