With the majority of Oregon in phase 2 of reopening, restrictions surrounding travel within the state are loosening up. State parks and campgrounds are beginning to reopen. Summer in Oregon is officially underway and that means road trips! Nothing ruins a road trip faster than being stranded on the side of the road with a broken-down vehicle.
Here are 10 ways to make sure your vehicle is ready to road trip safely!
- Check the tire pressure – Inaccurate tire pressure can result in your vehicle not handling well, it’ll negatively impact your fuel mileage, and cause accelerated tread wear. Your vehicle’s recommended tire pressure will be posted in the driver’s door jam. Just make sure you use a tire gauge!
- Check the fluids under the hood – Engine Oil, Transmission, Brake fluid, Power steering fluid, don’t forget the washer fluid!
- Check the lights and signals – Making sure all of your headlights, taillights, and turn signals are in working order is important for general safety – especially if you’re planning on logging miles after dark!
- Check the battery – This one may not be for everyone since you need an accurate tester. See your friendly local repair shop or parts store.
- Check the oil – We mentioned it in step 2 and it may seem like car maintenance 101. Forgetting to check the oil in your vehicle could result in a burnt-out motor. That would ruin your road trip in a hurry.
- Pack a first aid kit – As silly as it may seem, having a small first aid kit in your glove box will likely come in handy more often than you’d think! It should include a handful of bandages, some antiseptic, sterile gauze, and if you have extra space, a disposable instant cold compress.
- Pack extra water – Whether you decide to hike just a little further and drink up all our water before you even make it back to your vehicle or end up unexpectedly needing to stay in your vehicle overnight, having extra water at the ready is never a bad idea.
- Pack masks – Many areas are still encouraging the use of masks and social distancing. Make sure you have one for each family member so no one misses out on any fun.
- Pack towels or blankets – You never know when the weather will take a turn – especially in Oregon! – if you get caught in an unexpected rainstorm you’ll be able to dry off and warm up quickly. And just like tip 7, if you have to stay overnight in your vehicle having a small stash of blankets or towels to cover up with will help you stay warm through the night.
- Don’t forget the fuel – Make sure your tank is full, otherwise, you probably won’t get too far!
At Pape Automotive, we can help you get your vehicle ready to go with a pre-trip inspection. We’ll check and top off all your fluids, set your tire pressure while giving your vehicle a 54 point safety inspection. Let us take a few things off of that pre-trip to-do list – give us a call today to schedule a service appointment to have your vehicle inspected before you leave.
Bonus: Any work we complete is backed by the best warranty in our area! We offer 3 years, 36,000 miles with nationwide coverage. So you’re covered no matter where your road trip takes you.
Now, what are you waiting for… Get in the car and start exploring!