Summer is upon us, and it’s time to venture out from home and explore with the family. The warm weather and long days of summer present the perfect opportunity to set out on a summer road trip, exploring the region you call home or venturing out further across the states. Before you do so, however, you should make sure your car is ready to hit the road and travel for long distances in the heat. Here are a few tips on how to get your car ready for summer road trips.
Before you leave, check your vehicle’s oil and fluid levels:
These simple checks go a long way. Perhaps get an oil change before you set out, and make sure you have adequate amounts of windshield wiper fluid and antifreeze/coolant.
Check tire treads, pressure, and consider getting your tires rotated:
The condition of your vehicle’s tires affect your vehicle’s overall performance, so you will want to check them before setting out. Check the tires’ treads to make sure they’re not too worn, check your tire pressure – which can affect your vehicle’s handling, control, and efficiency, and get your tires rotated if you have routine maintenance performed at the shop before you depart.
Have an emergency plan and extra supplies:
Pack extra water and have an emergency plan in place in case something goes awry. For instance, make sure to have power cords for your devices, so you can keep them charged up and make calls, and an idea of what you’d do if you have to stop.
If you’re worried about your ride being able to handle a long road trip, bring it in to the Midland Buick GMC Service Department or contact our sales team to find a better option.
After your tires, your brakes are the most important safety feature on your car. What good is a 250-horsepower engine if you can’t bring it to a stop? To preserve the safety of your vehicle and the life of your brakes, it is important to have your brakes inspected regularly. Check your owner’s manual for a recommended service schedule.
There are a few ways to determine if your brakes need some attention. The first is if you hear any squealing sounds coming from your brakes. Most brakes have a built-in safety feature that causes the brakes to squeal when the pads are getting too low. Another reason to have your brakes checked is if you feel any pulsing or vibrations while braking. If your vehicle pulls to the left or right when coming to a stop, that is another sign.
Ignoring your brakes can lead to excessive brake pad wear. This in turn can reduce your brakes’ stopping power, damage your brake rotors, and lead to increased repair costs.
Certified technicians here at Midland Buick GMC Cadillac can quickly determine the health of your brakes using a simple brake pad wear guide that indicates the thickness of the brake pads and whether or not they need to be replaced.
When the time comes to replace your brake pads, make sure you choose genuine General Motors brake pads. These pads are designed to fit your GM vehicle and perform exactly as the original brake did. They are also made using high-quality materials that have been proven to provide superior braking performance. These pads will also help reduce overall wear on your brake rotors and are backed by a 12-month unlimited mileage warranty.
If you have any concern about how your brakes are performing, or just want to have them inspected for peace of mind, bring your car in to us here at Midland Buick GMC Cadillac and we’ll make sure your brakes are performing they way they should be.