If you're like me, you always forget something when leaving the house for the holidays. The GPS power cord, sunglasses, house keys, etc. If traveling this season take some time to prep your car for the drive. Below are a few things you can do at home to ensure a smooth and safe trip.
- Check your air pressure. Keeping them within spec will help ensure correct handling, load capacity, mileage, and tire wear. We have a great selection of accurate air gauges to ensure the tires are up to recommended pressure. Don't forget the spare tire!
- Check your tire tread depth. As a tire wears it's important to realize that the tire's ability to perform in rain and snow will be reduced. With 2/32" of remaining tread depth, resistance to hydroplaning in the rain at highway speeds has been significantly reduced, and traction in snow has been virtually eliminated. If rain and wet roads are a concern, you should consider replacing your tires when they reach approximately 4/32" of remaining tread depth. We have a great tread depth gauge to measure with. You can also get a general idea by measuring with a coin.
- Have your battery tested. Nothing's worse that getting the family and gear packed in the cold only to have the car not start. We have a wide selection of sizes from Braille to choose from.
- Check condition of your wipers and lights. If you can't see... you can't drive. Check out our PIAA and Valeo wiper selection and PIAA lighting for your vision needs.
- Make sure your wheels are properly torqued. The correct lug nut torque should be listed in your owners manual
Double checking these few things can help your trip go a long way. We all know the holidays can be hectic, but if you're proactive, put safety first, and take your time the trip should be stress free.