Summer-ize your ride

     The weather is warming up and the urge to take a road trip is uncontrollable.

     Unfortunately, each warm weekend, vehicles will be lined up every few miles along the side of the road with a variety of ailments, including overheated engines, blown out tires and a myriad of other problems. I'm seeing it happen already each time I set out on a weekend adventure.

     To prevent that from happening to you on your outing, make an appointment to have your vehicle checked out.

     Have your mechanic inspect the levels and quality of your engine oil, coolant, brake fluid, automatic transmission fluid, power steering fluid, as well as tire pressure and tread level.

     Also, make sure your belts and hoses are in good condition, and all your lights – including headlights, turn signals, back-up lights, and hazard lights – work.

     Having your ride in good working order helps improve your vehicle's gas mileage, too.

     One more note, in case you do break down, make sure you have an emergency kit, complete with flares, jumper cables, a quart of motor oil, a gallon of water, some old clothes, gloves, a flashlight and spare batteries, wheel chocks, duct tape, a first-aid kit, and an assortment of wrenches, screwdrivers, and pliers.

     Source: AAA of Northern California

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