Get Your Car Ready for Holiday Travel
What Your Car Needs Before Heading Out to the In-law’s for the Holidays
The holiday season is fast approaching. Thanksgiving and Christmas will be here before you know it and for many of us that means getting ready to hit the road for some holiday travel. Whether you intend on spending the holidays with family or avoiding the extended family altogether and heading out for a much needed relaxing vacation, you need to do a little maintenance on your car before it is packed down with all your luggage. Here are some things that you need to do before you and your family hit the road for the holidays.
Check the Lights
We are not talking about making sure that your holiday light display is on the right type of timer. We are talking about the head and tail lights that surround your car. Replace any blown or busted lights with new ones before you leave. It may seem as though that small tail light is not an issue because all the others are working fine, but if you intend on going out of state, the police may not be as forgiving as they would be in your home state and may write you a ticket. A few dollars spent on light replacement is a small thing compared to the high ticket you may get for not having them in working order.
Check the Battery
The battery is a very important part of your vehicle. It seems like a very small thing because it generally does not have to be replaced too often, but if it has been quite a few years since your battery has been replaced, it might be time to do so. A battery is repeatedly charged through the alternator of the car, but that continual charging does take its toll eventually on the batter. Summer time seems to be much easier on batteries to hold their charge, but when the temperatures dip down low into the winter months, your seemingly good battery can show its true colors at the worst of times.
Checking your battery before you leave for your holiday travel will ensure that not only is the battery itself in good working order, but that the terminals as well as the cables are not corroded either. Battery replacement will cost a bit of money, but it is worth it when you do not have to worry about you and your family being stranded on the side of a dark highway with a dead battery. In addition to checking the battery, it may also be time to replace old and worn jumper cables. It does not hurt to have a brand new pair ready to go when you need it most.
Belts and Hoses
Like the battery, the belts and hoses on our cars tend to take a back seat to many of the other maintenance issues. The belts and hoses that run throughout your vehicle can break down overtime. A small leak can quickly turn into a large one with the extreme cold temperatures coinciding with the heating up of your engine as you drive the car. This is a recipe for disaster because the problem will often not be apparent until it is too late. A quick check of the belts and hoses before you leave for your holiday excursions will show any connection issue and bring any small holes to light. A belt or a hose is a very inexpensive repair, but left too long, can cause catastrophic damage and no one wants that on their holiday vacation.
Most people have a spare tire in the trunk of their car just in case they have a flat. This is a great thing to do especially if you are going out of town for your holiday celebration, but you never want to leave yours and your family’s safety to chance. A tire can and will blow out without warning, but getting your tires checked before leaving will show off any warning signs that trouble could come down the line. Replacement may not be necessary, but it is better to be safe than trying to put on the spare in the bitter cold on a dark road.
Where to Turn
When it is time to get ready to go on vacation for the holidays or just to visit some family, you never want to entrust your vehicle and therefore your safety to just any mechanic that claims to know how to fix cars. You want to know that you have the best service team in the Dayton, Cincinnati, Middletown, Xenia, Wilmington, and Hamilton areas looking out for your safety. That team can only be found at Bill Delord Cadillac Buick GMC. We treat every vehicle that comes in just like it belongs to a member of our very own family, so you can rest assured we will have your car ready for any road trip you may be taking this holiday season. Come see us today. We look forward to seeing you soon.