Road Trip Tips For Families
Since the first cars rolled out of assembly, Americans have loaded up their families and hit the road. The highway has a legacy of its own. Mystery, adventure, nature and more are just on the next horizon.
But before you and the kids climb aboard the family car, take some time to check out the vehicle. The last thing you want is to be stranded on the road. That’s not the adventure his family was looking for. Here’s a quick pre-trip checklist. If you have questions, simply call your neighborhood Christian Brothers Automotive branch. We are always happy to help!
*CHECK YOUR TIRES FOR TREAD DAMAGE AND PROPER INFLATION. LONG DUCTWORK, ESPECIALLY IN THE SUMMER, CAN PUT EXTRA STRESS ON YOUR TIRES DUE TO INCREASED HEAT. AND WITH EXTRA LUGGAGE AND PEOPLE IN THE CAR, YOU’RE CARRYING A HEAVIER LOAD. PROPER TIRE INFLATION WILL HELP YOU STAY ON THE ROAD AND IMPROVE YOUR GAS MILEAGE. CHECK YOUR RUN-IN by putting a penny in the tire tread: IF YOU CAN SEE ABE LINCOLN, YOU PROBABLY HAVE NEW TIRES.
*DID THE LIQUIDS RUN OUT? CHECK THE WINDSHIELD WASHER FLUID, OIL, TRANSMISSION FLUID, POWER STEERING FLUID, AND ANY OTHER ACCESSIBLE FLUID CHECK POINTS. (WE CHECK YOUR CAR FLUID AT EVERY VISIT AS PART OF OUR FREE COURTESY INSPECTION). A QUICK CHECK OF THE QUANTITY AND QUALITY OF THE FLUID COULD SAVE YOU FROM A VARANDAS VACATION.
*CHECK YOUR FILTERS. A CLEAN AIR FILTER CAN SAVE YOU MONEY BY IMPROVING FUEL EFFICIENCY. AND A NEW CABIN FILTER CAN KEEP THE AIR YOU BREATHE FRESH AND CLEAN.
*CHECK THE SCHEDULED MAINTENANCE SCHEDULE FOR YOUR VEHICLE. IS IT DUE TO AN OIL CHANGE? TRANSMISSION WASH? MANUFACTURERS RECOMMEND SERVICE AT DIFFERENT MILEAGE INTERVALS. YOUR NEIGHBORHOOD CHRISTIAN BROTHERS AUTOMOTIVE CAN TELL YOU EXACTLY WHAT YOUR CAR NEEDS AND WHEN IT NEEDS IT. WE HAVE THE SAME TOOLS AND EQUIPMENT AS DEALERS (AND SOMETIMES BETTER).
*DOES YOUR CAR LOOK DETERMINED TO MOVE INTO THE NEXT LANE? VEHICLE ALIGNMENT IS AN OFTEN OVERLOOKED SERVICE ITEM. AN ALIGNMENT ADJUSTMENT IS QUICK, EASY AND CAN HELP YOUR WHEELS LAST MUCH LONGER. WILL KEEP EVERYTHING AHEAD WHEN YOU LEAVE TOWN.
*YOUR BRAKES ARE A SERVICE ITEM THAT TELLS YOU WHEN IT’S TIME TO MAKE A CHANGE. IF YOUR BRAKES ARE SQUEAKING, GRINDING, OR JUST WON’T STOP YOUR CAR SMOOTHLY, IT’S TIME FOR A BRAKE CHECK. UNLIKE SOME DISCOUNT BRAKE SERVICES, THERE ARE NO HIDDEN TRICKS WITH A CHRISTIAN BROTHERS BRAKE CHECK. WE WILL GIVE YOU AN HONEST EVALUATION AND EVEN SHOW YOU EXACTLY HOW MUCH YOU HAVE LEFT ON YOUR BRAKE PADS. GO THROUGH YOUR AUTOMOTIVE NEIGHBORHOOD BROTHERS CRISTIANOS OR SCHEDULE AN ONLINE APPOINTMENT.
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