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Summer is finally here with the weather to prove it, which makes it a great time to take your family or friends on an adventurous road trip.

Summer is arguably the most popular time and season of the year. Not only is the weather clear, the temperature is warm, and the sun is shining bright overhead, but students are also on a break from school and parents use this time for vacations. Combined, this makes a great recipe for a road trip. North American Wholesale not only knows just how enjoyable a road trip can be but also how quickly tempers can rise during such adventures and has prepared a post with some great tips to help make your road trip a stress-free event.

Start with the Basics

One of the great benefits to a road trip over taking a train or a plane is the flexibility it allows. With this in mind, it’s important that your plan just includes the basics and doesn’t restrict your adventure, such as these:
  • Where are you going?
  • What routes will you take?
  • Create some backup routes in case of trouble on the road.
  • Make sure each driver knows when their driving shift is.
  • Is somebody in charge of packing snacks and drinks?
Basic planning like this is all that’s needed to ensure that your road trip has a solid foundation to work from and allows you and your passengers the freedom to enjoy your adventure.

Food for Your Engine

Just like you and your passengers enjoy drinks and snacks along the way, so too does your engine needs its own version of snacks. Of course, soda isn’t going to help your engine, but its range of fluids will. Before you leave, check the fluids in your vehicle, starting with these:
  • Engine oil
  • Brake Fluid
  • Power Steering Fluid
  • Transmission Fluid
  • Coolant
  • Soap and water for your wipers
If you can see that any of these are low or you aren’t sure when any of them were replaced, take the time before you leave to flush out the old fluid and replace it with fresh product, keeping the remainder stored in its bottle in your trunk. Click here to buy Signature Series 0W-20 Synthetic Motor Oil and keep your engine in good shape during a summer drive with a synthetic oil change in Corpus Christi. For help placing an order or to learn more about the benefits of a synthetic oil change, speak with a friendly expert at North American Wholesale by calling (866) 580-1008 or check out the online store.

Tire Time

Even though your tires are tough it doesn’t mean that they can’t be damaged. In fact, if you think about the conditions you put your tires through you may be surprised that they haven’t been damaged earlier. Before you leave, bring your car into the light and check its tires:
  • Are there any bald spots where there is no tread on the tire?
  • Can you see any items which have punctured the tire, such as nail which is lodged in your tires?
  • Look for any debris stuck in your tread.
  • Check for cracks around your tire which could lead to a tire blowout while you are driving.
If you can see any of these or other problems with your tires, it’s important that you have it checked, repaired, and replaced if need be before you drive on it again.

Vehicle Electronics

Just because you don’t own an electric car doesn’t mean that your vehicle doesn’t rely on electrics. Not just for vehicle comfort, but also for its operation and for safety. For this reason, ask a friend or family member to sit in the driver's seat and operate the controls while you check the exterior of the vehicle to ensure your electrics are working correctly, paying close attention to these items:
  • Headlamps are bright
  • Tail and brake lights are operational
  • Each of your vehicle’s indicators is functioning
  • Reverse lights are working
  • Dashboard warning lights activate when you switch on your vehicle
In addition to the safety which each of these items provides, it’s also important to remember that if either of these stops working in the evening or at night, then you and your passengers will need to wait on the side of the road for help to arrive with something as simple as a replacement bulb.

Improve Engine Health with a Synthetic Oil Change in Corpus Christi

In addition to these tips, basic engine care such as a regular synthetic oil change can go a long way to improving the performance of your vehicle. To place an order or to find out more, speak with a friendly professional at North American Wholesale by calling (866) 580-1008.  

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