Heading on a Road Trip? Make Sure to Follow This Checklist First!

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Summer is on its way and one thing is for certain: road trips are on the horizon! Considering that 7.7 million new and used cars were sold to U.S. customers in 2014, and 4.25 million were produced within the same year, there is no shortage of options to choose from down at your local car dealerships. Once you have chosen the right car for your family, it is important you make sure it is in tip-top shape for your upcoming road trip.

So before you head out on the road, complete this checklist.

  1. Go get a checkup. After all, mechanics can notice things that are hidden, and you don't want have to go get your car fixed when you're on vacation! Above anything else, getting a checkup will give you peace of mind that your car is ready for the road.

  2. Fill up your car with fluids. We're talking about giving your car an oil change, filling it to the brim with wiper fluid, and making sure the brake fluid is clean.

  3. Inspect your tires. Check that your tire treads are in good shape with the penny test. This is when you simply put a penny in one of the treads upside down and if you can still see Lincoln's head, your car tires need to be changed to ensure proper traction in all weather.

  4. Charge your battery. A strong battery makes for a great trip.

  5. Look at the weather to make sure you are prepared for what comes your way. To ensure you are protected at all times, invest in a vehicle with all-weather capability.

  6. Don't overpack. When in doubt, check your car's load capacity to make sure you aren't bringing too much with you. Not only will overpacking cause extra wear and tear on your car, it will decrease your gas mileage and cause you to fill up more often.

  7. Invest in a GPS. These little guys are great, even if you think you know where you are going! Plus, you never know when a trail or a route will change and you'll need a little extra help.

Make sure you have the right vehicle for your road trip by choosing a vehicle with all-weather capability from our premier dealer. Come on down today to make your pick!

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