The May long-weekend is fast approaching and Canadians from coast to coast are getting ready to head out on road trips. Whether you’re headed to the cottage, to the campground, or just to somewhere new, it’s important to set aside some time to make sure that your vehicle is in tip top shape and will get you to where you’re going.
Before hitting the road, here are some things you should do to avoid costly and potentially dangerous road trouble:
* Top up your fluid levels (e.g. engine oil, power steering fluid, brake fluid, transmission fluid, windshield washer solvent, and antifreeze/coolant)
* Check your hoses and belts for wear and tear
* Inspect your tires for uneven tread wear, bald spots, and bulges
* Test your interior and exterior lighting
* Check your wiper blades for cracks or tears
“If you notice anything that doesn’t look quite right, if your vehicle feels different when driving, or if your vehicle is making odd noises, be sure to bring it in to a certified automotive technician for a full inspection,” said Marc Brazeau, President and CEO, AIA Canada. “Bringing your vehicle in for regular servicing and at the first sign of trouble is a good way to prevent breakdowns and costly repairs that can put a damper on your long weekend plans.”
Don’t get stranded on your way to or from long weekend fun! Give your vehicle a little extra attention for Car Care Month and enjoy nothing but smooth sailing on your long-weekend road trip adventure.