It’s Holiday Time!
Time to head off for family fun, eating, presents and did I mention eating? A breakdown far from home can really run your fun fast.
Here are a few simple checks to help you avoid most common problems.
For safety and economy, tires must be inflated to the correct pressure. You should also do a quick treat test for safe travels.
To check to see if you have enough tread on your tires, place a penny head first into several tread grooves across the tire.
If you always see the top of Lincoln’s head, your treads are shallow and worn. If this is the case, your tires need to be replaced.
If part of Lincoln’s head is always covered by the tread, you have more than 2/32 of an inch of tread depth remaining. This means you probably don’t need new tires.
Is your destination a lot warmer than home? Check the coolant’s mixture of antifreeze and water, but don’t do this when the engines hot!
Before heading out check the fluid reservoirs: oil, window washer fluid, power steering fluid, etc. Each should be marked with a fill line.
Glove Box Essentials
We recommend you travel with your car manual. If you’ve lost this, many manufacturers have downloadable versions available on their websites.
Pack a Map
If you don’t have a current map, you should get one. This will save the day if your GPS fails.
The Spare Tire
It should be fully inflated and you will need a jack, wrench and correct removal tools. Check for the locking wheel nut tool if your car has locking wheel nuts.
Load evenly and carefully. If you’re carrying a lot of heavy items, position the heaviest items forward and distribute the weight evenly side to side. Cars don’t have unlimited carrying capacity, so don’t overload! It will also help your fuel go further.
Protect your furry family members. Never leave your dog alone in a car. At 74F/22C the inside of a parked car can soar to 117F/47C very quickly. Leaving a window open in a stationary car won’t keep your car cold enough!
Avoid driving at top speeds or revving your engine. Cars tend to run at their most efficient at 60mph.
Quick List for Breakdowns
- Jumper Cables
- Charged mobile phone and a mobile charger
- Car Manual
- Spare bottles of water
- Basic car tool kit
Happy Holidays & Drive Safe!