Have Peace of Mind Before Traveling this Holiday Season

November 10th, 2011 by

Just like a pilot has to go through a mandatory checklist on the plane before flying, we need to do the same for our vehicles before taking a trip. It’s important to know what you should check before you hit the road, so you’ll have an easy, stress free drive. Whether you’re going three hours or thirteen hours, take a look at a few of these precautions. Have peace of mind before traveling this holiday season!



Oil and fluids – Watch the video above to see how to check your fluids.

Tire Pressure – Tire pressure is vital to your cars performance, safety and operation expense. Today most cars come with Tire Pressure Monitors some times referred to as TPS. These monitors signal the driver when improper inflation is detected. Addressing the light when it comes on, by checking and adjusting tire pressures as needed will maximize fuel economy and overall safety. Maintaining proper inflation can help prevent tire overheating, promote optimum tread life, and reduce rubber aging and wheel corrosion.

The tire pressure that is commonly overlooked is the spare. The spare tire may be a space saver tire, but most still require checking for proper inflation. A flat tire experience only becomes worse when you find the spare is underinflated rendering it no better than the flat you took off.

Lights – Check your head lights, brake lights, and brights.

Windshield and wiper blades – Getting caught in rain or snow with worn wiper blades is sure to make for a stressful drive and might reduce the driver’s vision enough to be dangerous. The rubber Wiper Blade Insert should be inspected every 6 months and replaced every year. The rubber insert deteriorates from ultraviolet rays from the sun and oxidation even with out use.

Air Filters Replacement – Air Filters are often neglected which affects overall engine performance and fuel economy. Unfortunately the air we live and drive in is full of dirt, dust and other contaminates that are harmful to your engine. Air Filters should be checked every other oil change and should be changed a minimum of once a year for most driving environments.

Today’s vehicles also offer filtration systems for the air we breathe while driving called the Cabin Filtration. The Cabin Air Filter should be checked twice a year and replaced yearly under most driving circumstances. Don’t wait for it to become dirty restricting air flow and allowing contaminates to re-circulate.

If you would like some assistance before leaving town, please give us a call where you can set up a quick appointment for a special Multi-Point Inspection. We will do all of the above for you, PLUS a free car wash! You’ll have peace of mind and your Honda will be looking great! If you bought your vehicle at Patty Peck Honda, this “courtesy pitstop” is on us. Call us at (800) 748-8676 to set up your appointment or click here to schedule your appointment online.