At Bob Bell we want you to get the most out of your vehicle, it is after all in the Chevrolet motto to Find New Roads! But, with each road travelled and discovered you’ll want to ensure your vehicle is performing at its optimal level. That’s where we come in, and why our factory trained technicians are here to help during your regular scheduled maintenance. However, when it comes to preparing for a road trip, here are some things that you can do at home to double check that your vehicle is ready to make the drive!
1. Oil Check
You’ll want to consult your vehicle records and determine when the last time you had an oil change was? If it was recently, move on to point #2. If it’s been a while, we encourage you to either book in for an oil change or facilitate one yourself (if you’re equipped to do so) as road trips put additional stress on your engine, therefore you’ll want to make sure your oil is topped up (and new).
2. Fluid Check
As there are multiple areas in your engine that require fluids, we would encourage you to check all of the following:
- Windshield Wiper Fluid
- Engine Coolant
- Brake Fluid
Keeping these fluids in check is a preventative measure and should be a part of your regular maintenance routine.
3. Air Pressure (Tires) + Tire Tread
Checking your vehicle’s tires before a long road trip is one of utmost importance, as your tires are in physical contact with the road. We would ask that you start by checking each tires air pressure individually as they may be at different levels. Please note that each vehicle is different when it comes to where you tire pressure should be marked at. We recommend consulting your owners manual or consulting the tires on the vehicle as they should be marked for your reference.
It’s important to note that it is possible to overfill your tires, which may lead to accidents on the road. On the other hand, it is also possible to underfill your tires. In order to avoid both potential outcomes, we recommend that you utilize an air pressure gauge when filling your tires, in order to ensure enough air has been consumed to meet the desired rating.
Now, let’s check that tire tread! There are a few ways to consult your tires and assess that they have enough tread to make the journey. You can employ the good old fashioned Penny test, which is as simple as it sounds. Place a penny into the tread, if you can see all of Lincoln’s head then your tires are under 2/32 inch and should be replaced. It’s as simple as that!
If you don’t have any change lying around, there is another method. You can work with the tread wear indicator on your tires. These indicators should be located in multiple spots and will indicate visibly if you are under 2/32 inch and due for a change.
4. Air Filter Check
An important factor to any good pre-road trip check is assessing your air filter, as it needs to supply clean air to your engine in order for other moving parts to function appropriately. Additionally, this filter is responsible for providing you with clean air in your vehicle as well.
Air filters are found behind the front glove box or within the engine, please consult your vehicle’s manual for exact placement.
5. Car Lights and Signals
It’s important that when you are signalling to go left, your vehicle ensures everyone else on the road knows as well. That’s why before any trip you should check all your headlights, indicators, reverse lights and tail lights. If you are looking to be extra prepared, pack extra lights in case one goes out during your journey.
6. Battery Life
If you can’t remember the last time you changed your battery it’s likely time for a change, however, we encourage you to consult your vehicle service records or call us to check. An indicator of the battery starting to give out is the responsiveness of your starter. If the vehicle seems slow to catch on, it might be time to switch it out.
There you have it! These are our top recommendations for a pre-road trip check. A car wash wouldn’t hurt either, but we’ll leave that one up to you to decide!
If you have any further questions about vehicle maintenance of you require assistance checking your vehicle before a road trip, call us in the service centre, we’re always happy to help!
- Bob Bell Chevrolet of Bel Air Service Department – 443.692.2134
- Bob Bell Chevrolet Service Department (Kane Street) – 443.407.1767
Thank you for choosing to work with Bob Bell for your Chevrolet needs, we look forward to hearing about your travels as your #FindNewRoads!