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5 Car Inspection Tips to Follow before a Family Trip

Few things are more special than packing the whole family in the car for a road trip. The chance to get away from home and have some fun is a great way to spend a vacation. All of this fun can easily be spoiled if you have car troubles during your trip. The best way to avoid a catastrophe on the open road is by inspecting these five things on your car before heading out on your trip.

Examine Tread on Tires

It is extremely unsafe to drive a car with no tread on the tires. In addition to raising the risk of a blown tire, driving on worn tires will also make it hard to safely navigate on a slippery road. Tire tread can easily be examined using a tread gauge. If the tread is getting low, then it is best to replace your tires before leaving.

Check Windshield for Cracks

It is vitally important to inspect the windshield for any chips or cracks before leaving on a long trip. These small imperfections will only continue to grow over time until it is impossible to safely drive the car. If you see any cracks on the windshield, then you need to get it replaced immediately by a company like Martin Glass Co. before your problem gets a lot worse.

Test Car Battery Strength

A strong battery may be the most crucial element of a successful road trip. You do not want to get stranded in the middle of nowhere because the car would not start. Your local auto parts store will check the strength of your battery for free, so you have no reason to skip this key inspection tip.

Inspect the AC System

Summer is the perfect time to take a family trip because the kids are no longer in school. This also means that you will likely deal with warm weather no matter where you go. Since you do not want to drive around in a hot car for days, it is a good idea to make sure the air conditioner is working before your family trip.

Take a Look at the Brake Pads

It can be nearly impossible to avoid an accident if your car does not stop properly due to worn brake pads. Most brake pads are visible without removing the tires, so you can check their thickness on your own. If you are not comfortable doing a brake pad inspection, then you can always take your car to the local mechanic.

A fun family trip can instantly become a disaster if something goes wrong with the car. Following these five car inspection tips will ensure you keep your family safe and maximize the fun during your upcoming road trip.

Tim Esterdahl

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