Preparing Your Car for a Road Trip

Preparing Your Car for a Road Trip


Summer is here and the country's most beloved tourist attractions are fully reopening, making it especially appealing to head out on a road trip. Before you round up the family and jump on the interstate, you'll want to be certain that your car is ready for the journey. At Bay Brothers Automotive, our local mechanics can conduct any type of maintenance that you need to get your car ready for your trip.

Important Road Trip Maintenance Tasks

Certain maintenance tasks should be completed to optimize safety. When out on the open road, it's impossible to predict when you'll cross paths with a dashing deer or distracted driver. In that pivotal moment, you need your brakes to work perfectly. During brake service, we'll check over your brake system, replace worn-out pads, and lubricate parts as needed. If any major brake problems are found, we'll explain them to you and provide you with an accurate estimate. A quick and affordable safety task is to change out old wiper blades. When a summertime thunderstorm suddenly starts dumping rain on the highway, you'll be grateful for your healthy wiper blades that are providing you with a safe field of vision through your windshield. Also, it's a good idea to check tire pressure before you set out. Typically, tire pressure needs to be at a point between 30 and 35 psi. You can check your tires to see their exact pressure requirement. With correct tire pressure, there's substantially less risk of a blowout.

To help your car beat the heat, there are maintenance tasks that should be done. By getting to the shop for cooling system service, you'll help to minimize the risk of serious engine damage being caused by overheating, which is of particular concern when crossing long stretches of scorching highway. Generally, coolant should be exchanged every 30,000 miles, though you can check your owner's manual to see the exact mileage specification for your vehicle. Another maintenance task to keep the heat in check is AC service, during which we'll check over your AC system to make sure all parts are working efficiently. To keep your family from getting cranky when the temperature spikes, it's important that your AC system is working like it should.

Auto Maintenance in Tampa, FL

If you need auto maintenance before your road trip, contact Bay Brothers Automotive at (813) 491-7439. At our nearby auto shop, we'll make sure your car is fully prepared for your trek. Feel free to give us a call today to schedule an appointment for any of your vehicle's repair or maintenance needs!


Bay Brothers Automotive Blog
Posted: June 30, 2021

Written and Published By MORBiZ