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Your Guide to Preparing Your Vehicle for Spring Break Vacation

Your Guide to Preparing Your Vehicle for Spring Break Vacation

Are you or your family planning to hit the road for Spring Break this year? Check out these tips to make your vacation worry-free.

A road trip preparation checklist is a must-have when getting ready to hit the open road. It will help you prepare for any eventuality and ensure that you have everything you need to enjoy your spring break vacation.

What items should I have in the car in case of an emergency?

Before you start your trip, make sure that you have the following items in your vehicle:

-A map of the area or GPS system
-A first aid kit
-A spare tire
-Jumper cables
-Bottled water
-Sunscreen
-Food that doesn’t need cooking
-Extra clothes (in case of emergency)
-A blanket or sleeping bag
-A flashlight with spare batteries

What To Check On your Vehicle

The next step is to check your vehicle over. Some of this you can do yourself, but others might feel better having a mechanic put it on the lift. They can take a better look at your vehicle and give it a complete safety inspection.

Take a look at your tires. According to the National Highway and Traffic Safety Administration, a blown tire at a high rate of speed leads to hundreds of fatal accidents every year. Look for foreign objects, uneven wear patterns in the tread, bald spots, cracks, or exposed metal, and check your tire pressure monthly. Wrench & Ratchet Auto Care in Boise can direct you to a tire specialist if you think you need new tires or repairs.

Check your radiator fluid level. Engine coolant plays a vital role in maintaining your engine’s efficiency. The longer and faster you drive, the greater the stress on your engine and the higher the likelihood of overheating.

Have a qualified mechanic check all hoses and belts for cracks, leaks, and loose connections. Hoses should be firm, not soft or brittle. Your belts wear out based on mileage, and each manufacturer has different recommendations for belt replacement. Wrench & Ratchet Auto Care in Boise can check your vehicle’s belts and hoses and do a complete safety inspection to ensure your vehicle is ready to go on your spring break adventure.

Get your brakes checked by a mechanic. One of your vehicle’s most important safety features is that your brakes are in total working order because it can mean the difference between stopping quickly to avoid an accident or getting into one. 

Clean your battery and have it checked by a mechanic to assure you that it has enough power to get you to and from your summer vacation destination. The summer heat and the winter cold can significantly cut down on the life of your battery. Batteries are usually only good for 3–4 years, and it is best to replace them on time.

We are here to help you travel safely on your spring break adventure. Don’t hesitate to call us and schedule an appointment with Wrench & Ratchet for a vehicle inspection today; we’d be happy to help!

Safety Inspection Mechanic Near Me?

If you have to ask this question, then Wrench and Ratchet in Garden City have you covered.  We can take care of your safety inspection and get you back on the road ready for your trip. Call us at 208-345-0011 and make an appointment.

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