Summer Road Trip Checklist: Essential Checks and Preparations for Vehicles Before Hitting the Road on Summer Adventures

As the sun sets a stage for your summer escapades in the Lakes Region, ensuring your vehicle is as ready as you are for those long-awaited road trips becomes paramount. Whether you’re exploring the scenic drives along Lake Winnipesaukee or venturing farther from Laconia, a properly prepared car can make the difference between a trip filled with cherished memories and one fraught with breakdowns. Here’s your essential road trip checklist:

1. Tire Inspection

Before you map out your journey, map the condition of your tires. Check for adequate tread depth and signs of wear or damage. Ensure your tire pressure matches the recommended levels — fluctuating temperatures can affect tire pressure, which impacts fuel efficiency and safety.

2. Brake Check

The last thing you want on hilly terrains is brake failure. Have your brakes inspected by professionals like us at Sanborn’s Auto Repair to ensure they are responsive and in good condition.

3. Fluid Levels

Under the hood lies the lifeblood of your vehicle. Check your oil, coolant, brake, and transmission fluids. Top them off as needed or come by for a quick servicing to keep everything running smoothly.

4. Battery Performance

Battery troubles are a common culprit for summer breakdowns. Test your battery to ensure it can handle the additional strain of hot weather and increased use. If it’s nearing the end of its life, consider replacing it to avoid any mid-trip mishaps.

5. Air Conditioning

A functional AC is non-negotiable in the summer heat. Test your system early. If you notice it’s not as cool as it should be, our technicians can check for leaks or recharge the system, ensuring your comfort throughout the journey.

6. Emergency Kit

Always pack an emergency kit. Include basic tools, a first aid kit, water, snacks, a flashlight, and a charged portable battery charger for your phone. It’s better to have it and not need it than to need it and not have it.

Local Expertise at Your Service

Here at Sanborn’s Auto Repair, nestled in the heart of Laconia, we’re not just mechanics; we’re your neighbors. We understand the unique challenges and adventures that our local roads present. So, before you set off, let us give your vehicle the once-over. Our quick and thorough inspection can help ensure that your road trip memories are about the joy of the journey, not the frustration of failures.

Ready for a worry-free summer adventure? Call us today at (603) 524-9798 for your pre-trip vehicle check-up. Let’s make this summer unforgettable for all the right reasons!

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