If you’re planning a road trip this Thanksgiving, be sure to check to make sure your car is ready for the trip. Tracy’s Automotive can help you with that!
In some ways, this Thanksgiving is like all others: Some will remain at home. Others will go out for Thanksgiving dinner. Still others will hit the road to visit friends and relatives. Yet, this Thanksgiving is unlike all others. For starters, there will likely be fewer people on the road than usual, according to AAA.
AAA anticipates at least a 10 percent drop in travel – the largest one-year decrease since the Great Recession in 2008, according to a news release.
“Those who decide to travel are likely to drive shorter distances and reduce the number of days they are away, making road trips the dominant form of travel this Thanksgiving. Travel by automobile is projected to fall 4.3 percent, to 47.8 million travelers and account for 95 percent of all holiday travel,” AAA says. “AAA reminds those hitting the road to plan their route ahead. To minimize the number of stops along the way, pack meals, extra snacks and drinks in addition to an emergency roadside kit.
“Before you head out, be sure your vehicle is ready for the trip to avoid a breakdown along the way. AAA expects to rescue more than 413,000 Americans at the roadside this Thanksgiving.”
AAA is not the only organization recommending that travelers make sure their vehicles get a pre-trip check up.
The non-profit Car Care Council says, “A 10-minute pre-trip check is a quick and easy way to help avoid the inconvenience of a breakdown many miles away from home, says the non-profit Car Care Council.”
The Car Care Council suggests the following pre-trip check to help ensure safety and reliability on the road:
- Check all fluids, including engine oil, power steering and brake and transmission, as well as windshield washer solvent and antifreeze/coolant.
- Check the hoses and belts that can become loose, cracked, brittle, frayed or showing signs of excessive wear. These are critical to the proper functioning of the electrical system, air conditioning, power steering and the cooling system.
- Check the tires, including tire pressure and tread. Uneven wear indicates a need for wheel alignment. Tires should also be checked for bulges and bald spots.
- Check lighting to identify any problems with exterior and interior lighting as the chance of an accident increases if you can’t see or be seen.
- Check wipers. Wiper blades should be replaced every six months. Make sure the windshield wipers are working properly and keep the reservoir filled with solvent.
If you need or want help in checking your car, or you find something wrong, then you need to consult a trusted Wichita auto care expert like the certified auto mechanics at Tracy’s Automotive.
While you’re at Tracy’s Automotive, check into our specials, like free road hazard protection on a set of four tires.
Tracy’s Automotive is here to help you. If you don’t have time or feel you can take your car to the shop, Tracy’s Automotive will pick it up at your home or work. Then, after your car is serviced or repaired, Tracy’s Automotive will bring it back to you thoroughly cleaned.
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