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Hit the Road: Ready Your Car for Summer Road Trips

by Amy Walters

As the weather starts to get nicer, millions of people across the country will start taking summer road trips. Although taking a road trip can be a lot of fun, it won’t be an enjoyable experience if your car doesn’t last the entire trip. What can you do to make sure that your car is ready to take you where you want to go?

Get Your Car Inspected

It is mandatory to get your car inspected at least once a year. If you get it inspected in April or May, your car will be ready to deal with anything that the road throws at it. You and your passengers will have added peace of mind knowing that the brakes work properly, the air conditioner is fully charged and no fluid is leaking from the vehicle.

Inflate Your Tires

Properly inflated tires last longer while increasing your gas mileage. Increased gas mileage means that you don’t have to fill up at the pump as often. This saves you money that you can spend on a nicer hotel or a fancier restaurant when you arrive at your destination. Tires that are inflated correctly are less likely to go flat or blow out while you are driving on the highway.

Keep Your Car Out Of the Sun Whenever Possible

If you are driving in an area where the temperatures are in excess of 90 degrees on a regular basis, you should keep your car out of the sun whenever possible. Excess exposure to the sun will hurt the engine and fade the exterior paint. This may also cause your insurance rates to go up. Drivers who can’t keep their cars in a garage should attempt to find a shady area to park.

Pack an Emergency Kit

An easy step that you can take to get your car ready for the summer is to pack an emergency kit. This kit should have extra water, tools such as a wrench and knife to make basic repairs and a gas can. Other items that you may want to have handy are batteries, a cell phone and road flares. For those who have a poor sense of direction, a map or GPS will be helpful.

The summer months are meant to be spent seeing the country. If you get your car inspected and pack your emergency kit now, you can reduce the chances of anything bad happening to your car. In the event that anything does happen, you will be ready to solve the problem.

Author Bio: Annette Hazard is a freelance blogger that writes about safety and health. Currently promoting http://www.bladeops.com/Benchmade-Knives-from-BladeOps-com-s/55.htm.

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