Check Your Lights
One of the most important things to check before a journey is checking the operation of all of your lights, including headlights, turn signals, and license plate lights. Have a friend help you by standing behind your vehicle while you operate the lights from inside. If any lights are burned out, getting them replaced may save you a ticket!
Check Belts and Hoses
The rubber used in belts and hoses can degrade with age and extreme temperature changes. With the use of a flashlight, you can pop your hood and visually inspect these components for any cracks or wear. Don’t be afraid to feel your radiator hoses (when the engine is cold!) to see if they feel really soft. If they do, its time to replace, rather than having one burst in the middle of Kansas.
Check Your Tires
One of the simplest things to examine before hitting the dusty trail is making sure you have enough tread on your tires to complete the journey. If you notice the tread is getting close to even with the wear indicators, or if any metal cords are showing, it’s time for new tires. If everything looks good, make sure you are at the proper tire pressure for your vehicle. On the inside of the driver’s door jamb is usually a placard that specifies the proper pressures for your front and rear tires to maximize tire life.
About the Author
Brandon is a Colorado transplant from Pennsylvania and has been in the automotive industry since 2005. He graduated from Harrisburg Area Community College through the GM Automotive Excellence Service Program (ASEP) and specialized in the Duramax Diesel engine. Brandon is not only a service advisor for the company, but also manages the website, Facebook page and writes the monthly newsletter.