Road Trip Maintenance Tips

Many families make road trips part of their annual traditions, whether it’s going to Grandma’s house for the holidays or someplace exotic for a summer vacation. If you have a road trip in your near future, you need to make sure your car is ready to go. Here are a few common road trip maintenance tips to keep everything running smoothly.

Inspect Your Tires

Give all of your tires a thorough inspection, including your spare. Make sure they are all properly inflated and have enough tread depth. If you see any uneven wearing or cracks in your tires, you might need a new set before you hit the road.

HVAC

No one wants to settle in for an hours-long ride in a hot car with no air conditioning. Get your HVAC system tested and recharged if it is feeling weak.

Routine Maintenance

If you’ve fallen behind on any routine maintenance, such as oil changes, tire rotations, or fluid top-offs, get your car back on track before you leave.

Check Your Battery

You don’t want to be left stranded with a dead battery in an unfamiliar location. Make sure your battery has enough power to make it through your trip.

Vacations are meant to be fun and relaxing, and unexpected car problems are a surefire way to ruin that. To get your vehicle checked before your trip, set up an appointment with the service department at Capital Toyota.

Here’s What to Pack in Your Summer Car Emergency Kit

Be sure to include these essentials in your summer car emergency kit

We’ve all heard of winter emergency kits for our cars, but did you know that you should also pack a summer car emergency kit, especially here in the blistering heat of Chattanooga? Here are six essentials for your kit this summer:

  1. Water: In the scorching summer heat, there is nothing more important than staying hydrated, especially if your car breaks down and leaves you stranded. Keep a pack of bottled water in your trunk.
  2. Sun screen: If you are out on the road fixing your vehicle or waiting for a tow, be sure to protect your skin by applying sun screen.
  3. Blanket: It may be hot, but blankets will come in handy for providing shade from the sun if you are left stranded.
  4. Phone charger: Make sure you can call for help by keeping a phone charger in your car at all times.
  5. Visibility gear: Longer summer days mean we are more likely to stay out past dark. Pack a flashlight, flares, and hazard triangles, just in case you become stranded at night.
  6. Toolkit: Keep the essential tools for car repairs stored in your car. However, if you have zero car know-how, we recommend calling for roadside assistance instead.

These are just six of the many necessary items you can include in your summer car emergency kit. If you need a new ride to store it in, stop by Capital Toyota and see what we have on the lot.