According to AAA, almost 35 million Americans will hit the road this Labor Day. Vacationers will gas up their sedans, minivans, mopeds and station wagons and hopefully get to their destination without having their automobile sputter out on the side of the road.
Want to avoid spending the last celebration of the summer in a repair shop? Then be prepared!
Follow these road rules before heading out on your trip:
- Check your battery and replace it if needed. Your battery may not make it through your trip if:
- Your vehicle starts slower than normal
- Your inside lights dim or flicker
- Equipment doesn't function properly
- Check the coolant. If where you're going is a lot warmer or cooler than where you're coming from, have a mechanic check the coolant's mixture of antifreeze and water to make sure the car is properly protected.
- Check the tires. Tires that are not inflated properly can cause extra heat buildup that can lead to a blowout at high speeds. Follow the instructions for checking tire pressure in your owner's manual.
Then, have a safe and happy Labor Day!