Summer Road Trips
The last place you want to be in the heat of summer is on the side of the road with your hood up. We’ve put together a little checklist to keep help you make your next road trip a safer one.
- Radiator Flush. Over time, coolant can break down and start to corrode the inside of your radiator. This can lead to cooling problems and radiator repair.
- Replace Your Air Filter. You should replace your air filter twice a year, so now’s a good time to get that 5-minute job out of the way.
- Tire Checks. The condition of the tread on your tires is extremely important when navigating wet summer roads. Take a penny and place it in the grooves of your tread—if you can see the top of Abe Lincoln’s head, you don’t have a safe amount of tread left on your tires. We check ’em all with every Star Service Oil Change.
- Replace Your Windshield Wipers. It’s a good idea to replace your wiper blades at the beginning of every summer. If you’re blades are more than 1 year old, you’re likely to have a hard time driving through the next downpour.
- Inspect Your Brakes. It’s a good idea to have your brakes and brake fluid level inspected twice a year—car safety is top priority. The best time for this is when your vehicle is already on the rack getting a tire rotation and balance.
- Check Your Battery. Corrosion is very likely to build up during winter weather driving. Check your battery posts and cables to ensure you’ll have no starting problems. While driving at night, you need every advantage to stay safe. Make sure to check for burnt out bulbs to ensure you can see and be seen on the road.