Road Trip Prep

Why Visit an Auto Repair Shop?

Few things are more fun than a road trip, but the fun ends if your vehicle leaves you stranded beside the road. Your family’s joy turns to the disappointment of not being able to reach the intended destination, and your traveling party could even be in danger if you break down in extremely hot or cold weather or in an unsafe area for stopping. Therefore, you should prepare your car before setting out on vacation. Instead of having one more thing to do or stressing that you don’t know what to check or how to check it, bring your auto to the certified technicians at Millennium Transmission & Auto Care in Akron, Ohio. We’ll get your ride road ready and restore the joy back to your travel plans.

The Packing List AND The Service List

Whether on paper, in a phone memo, or in your head, you probably have a packing list to prevent you from missing any items essential to your trip (bathing suit or ski bibs, hiking boots or heels). But don’t forget the list of service points your vehicle needs before you roll out. While your car might be fine for the two-block drive to the supermarket, it may not be ready for the rigors of a long-distance drive. One service point should be a fluid check. This includes inspecting/topping off brake fluid, oil, transmission fluid, anti-freeze/coolant, power steering fluid, and windshield wash. Also, ensure the tires are ready by examining the tread and checking air pressure. If other maintenance services such as rotating/balancing are needed, now is a good time. If your auto is due for a tune-up, take care of that, too, before you set out. Further, all lights (headlights, brake lights, turn signals, etc.) should be in good working order to ensure that your travels are as safe as possible. Additionally, windshield wipers, the battery, and suspension components need inspecting, and any issues should be corrected before you leave town. Finally, even though you’re ready to GO, you need to ensure your ability to STOP. You may encounter heavy traffic or steep conditions, causing additional braking system wear. Brakes should be checked and repaired if necessary.

Help Getting Ready for Your Trip

When you’re busy preparing for your trip–packing the clothes, attending to the needs of pets, and asking a neighbor to get the mail–you may feel that the last thing you have time to do is check the vehicle itself. Further, you may not be comfortable with or have equipment to check all the needed points of inspection. Let us take this part of the preparation responsibilities off your plate. Bring your car to Millennium Transmission & Auto Care in Akron, Ohio. Our expert technicians will take care of your auto so you can focus on the fun.

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