Preparing your ride for a summer road trip

By: Bargain Auto Centre   |   20 May 2019

Got big plans for a road trip this summer? If so, make sure that it will be memorable for all the right reasons by taking your preparations seriously. Here we will look at a few of the most important things to consider when it comes to getting your ride ready.

Empty and clean it

Before you even think about packing your ride for the trip it needs to be clean, so start by taking absolutely everything out and then use the most powerful vacuum you can find to go over every inch. Don’t forget about all those pockets and compartments either, as you will want them empty, clean, and ready to use when you hit the road. Finally, wash the entire exterior of the vehicle, including all of those hard-to-reach places, as this will have your ride looking great and reduce the chance of rust forming at the same time.

Have it serviced

You won’t want to be in the middle of nowhere only to find that something is wrong with your vehicle; therefore, have your mechanic conduct a thorough inspection and servicing for you before you head off. If they find any issues with your vehicle, do yourself a favour and have them dealt with now, as this is sure to save you a whole lot of time, money, and hassle, especially when compared with dealing with car troubles while you are away.

Improve a core feature

You are going to spend a whole lot of time in your vehicle throughout the course of your road trip, which makes now the perfect time to invest in an improvement or two. Whether you treat yourself to some stylish new seat covers, get yourself a remote starter, or splurge on a new sound system, you will be glad that you did. Even small investments can make a huge difference, such as replacing the windshield wipers or investing in a fresh set of floor mats.

Check your road kit

You should have a well-stocked emergency road kit in your vehicle at all times, especially when you are heading off on a longer mission, so for the sake of everyone in your group make sure that you do. Your emergency road kit should include at least the following important items;

  • Non-perishable food

  • Water (at least 2 litres per person per day)

  • A First Aid kit

  • Extra socks, gloves, and warm clothing

  • Sunscreen

  • A headlamp or flashlight

  • Jumper cables

Upgrade your roadside assistance membership

You won’t be able to rely on your friends and family for help when you are far from home, which is why having a valid roadside assistance membership is an absolute must. It is also well worth upgrading your coverage for the time that you’ll be away, especially if you are going somewhere remote, as you will certainly appreciate the extra benefits should something go wrong.

If you are shopping for a sweet ride to do your adventuring in this summer, you have come to the right place, because at Bargain Auto Centre you’ll find a huge range of high quality and great value used vehicles to choose from. Just give us a call, connect online, or stop by and get behind the wheel of something great today here at 11141 156 Street NW Edmonton.

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