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Prepare Your Car For A Road Trip
Have you taken a road trip this year? Not yet? No pressure-- it’s not too late to start planning for now or this fall. And what better place to start than our great state of New York – a land of mountains, meadows, rivers, beaches, lakes and more. But before you head out, visit your local dealer and get your vehicle fit to go.
GNYADA dealers offer the following five tips:
1. Service comes first
Evaluate the condition of your tires. Look for dry rot (cracks) or bubbles in the sidewalls. Make sure the tread is deep and uniform across the face of the tire. Check for proper tire inflation. (See the sticker inside the driver’s door jamb for instructions). And don’t forget to check the air pressure in the spare.
Check and top off all fluids. That includes power steering, transmission, brake, coolant and windshield washer fluids. Check wiper blades for streaking and clean or replace them if necessary.
Prevent Overheating. Have a qualified mechanic check the radiator and water pump for leaks. They should also check all hoses and clamps that transfer coolant.
Check to see that all of your lights are working.
2. Check child car seats
Have your car seats checked by your local police precinct or rescue squad to make sure they are installed properly.
3. Pack smart
First rule? Do not over load your vehicle! Make sure all your bags are well secured and out of your line of vision so you can see out the sides and back of your vehicle. Loose baggage can become dangerous projectiles in an emergency/panic stop or a crash.
4. Bring an emergency kit
Keep an emergency kit easily accessible. It should include a flashlight, blanket, flares, extra coolant, oil and several bottles of water. And always travel with a back up set of keys. Losing them can be a NIGHTMARE. Hide the extra key in the car or even under the car in a magnetic box.
5. Map Out Your Route
Even if you have a navigation system, current road maps are a must. Plan your route prior to hitting the road and don’t forget to bring along maps as guides. Maps are a great help if you need to take an alternative route due to road construction or an accident.