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Road Tripping in 2020 During Crazy Times

Stay safe on the road this year.

Let’s face it. Covid-19 has changed life as we knew it in more ways than we could have ever imagined but your summer vacation does not have to be a complete bust. With mandatory mask wearing and social distancing practices in place, many tourist attractions, national parks, hotels and restaurants have re-opened safely. Here are some tips we thought might be helpful if you and your family are planning to hit the road this summer.

Spokane Mechanic roadtrip hints and tips

Recommendations for a safe road trip from a Spokane, WA mechanic

OIL Change

If your vehicle is getting close to needing an oil change take in it before you leave. Long hot drives are hard on your car’s oil, especially if you are pulling a trailer or a camper. Synthetic oil generally performs better in hot and in cold weather than conventional oil.

COOLANT

Coolant is what keeps your engine from overheating. In addition to the coolant, be sure to check your brake fluid so that you can stop safely and make sure your wiper fluid is full. Summer storms can make it very difficult to see. If your windshield wipers leave smudges and/or streaks be sure to change those out too.

Vehicle HOSES AND BELTS

Make sure your hoses, belts and timing belt (if you have one) are all in good shape. An over heated car will bring your trip to a screeching halt.

BATTERY

Be sure to get your battery checked and replace it if needed. Tow trucks are expensive and you have other places to spend that vacation money!

GAS

At one point in most of our lives we have pushed it just a little too far, and ran out of gas. Avoid that frustration, embarrassment and expense by keeping your fuel tank above half-full. This will also prevent condensation from forming.

TIRES

Check the tread on your car’s tires with a tread gauge, or use the penny method. Stick a penny into the tread’s groove with Abe’s head facing you and downward. If you can see his head it might mean you need new tires. If not, you are probably good to go. Don’t forget to check the air in the tires! (camper and trailer too) Your owner’s manual will tell you the right number for your tires.

Vehicle LIGHTS

Do your brake lights work? Your blinkers? Your turn signals? How about the lights on the camper and trailer? If you need new headlights now is a great time to get that done. Often a good polish on your headlights can restore them to nearly new condition.

EMERGENCY GEAR

Make sure you have a set of jumper cables, spare tires for all the vehicles, an emergency kit, roadside flares, extra fluids (washer, coolant, etc) and a trusty flashlight.

At Tune Tech we can help you with all of these things and we would love to help you make sure your summer road trip is safe and memorable. Call either of our locations to set up a pre-road trip consultation and inspection. Happy travels!