Preparing your ride for a summer road trip

By: Bargain Auto Centre   |   01 Jun 2018

Dreaming of an epic road trip this summer? If so, there is no more important element to consider than the state of your vehicle. Here we will look at some of the many simple things you can do to ensure that your ride is ready.

Have it serviced

You won’t want to be far from home only to discover that something is wrong with your vehicle; therefore, before you even think about heading off have your mechanic conduct a thorough inspection and servicing for you. Not only do all those core vehicle components need to be in top condition, such as your brakes, bulbs, and battery, but even just having your oil changed and fluids topped up will make it that much easier for your ride to perform at its best.

Empty, wash, and clean it

Chances are fairly good that your ride will get a little messy throughout the course of your trip; however, having a clean vehicle to start with will mean it is far less likely to get out of control quite so quickly. Start by removing anything than doesn’t need to be in there (such as random tools, toys, and supplies) then take the most powerful vacuum you can find and go over every crease, corner, and surface. Finally, wash every inch of the vehicle’s exterior, including all those hard-to-reach places, as this will help to stop rust from getting established.

Invest in an upgrade or two

You will be relying on your vehicle a great deal over the course of your trip, which makes now the perfect time to invest in an upgrade or two. For example, new windscreen wipers will be a huge bonus if you get caught out in a classic summer downpour, while upgrading your headlights will seriously improve visibility, particularly if you will need to do much driving at night. Better yet, if your tires are more than 5 years old, invest in a new set, as this will improve control, handling, and your ability to stop in a hurry, not to mention boost your fuel efficiency dramatically.

Protect it

A summer road trip can take a serious toll on an unprotected vehicle, which is why you’d be wise to invest in a little extra protection for your ride ahead of time. Interior mats with deep wells and channels can do wonders to keep dirt, mud, and moisture contained, while seat covers can do a fantastic job of preventing damage due to spills or even from the sun. If your road trip will be a long one consider investing in a portable vacuum cleaner, as this will make it easier to keep your ride clean and comfortable until you get back home.

Are you searching for a reliable vehicle to do your adventuring in this summer? If so, we’ve got good news for you, because at Bargain Auto Centre you’ll find Canada’s best selection of quality used vehicles. Just give us a call, get in touch online, or stop by and see us in person.

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