In the land of purple mountain majesties and amber waves of grain, road trips are as much a fall tradition as carving pumpkins and baking apple pies. There’s a lifetime’s worth of exploring to do in Canada, and when the refreshing fall air kicks in and the leaves start changing, many families take an opportunity to explore the great outdoors!
But like any major endeavor, a road trip needs some preparation! After all, you’re relying on one thing to get you hither and yon — your trusty metal steed. (That’s your car, of course.) If a tire blows or your radiator overheats, you could be in for some unpleasant scenery as you wait for rescue by the side of the highway. A tow-truck ride is a dispiriting end to an otherwise delightful vacation day!
So before you set out, sit down and make a list. What do you need to do to prepare your car for a road trip?
1) Make sure you have a roadside assistance kit.
2) Inspect your tires.
Whatever you do, don’t start a road trip with worn-out tires. It’s dangerous, not just to you, but to other drivers on the road. If you see cracking, bulges or bubbles on the sidewall, that’s a warning sign. So is a thin tread. (Measure this by putting a penny into the tread, head first. Can you see Lincoln’s head? Then it’s time for a change.) Depending on how long a road trip you’re planning, the miles you put on your old tires might just mean the end of the line for them. Don’t chance it — get ahead of the problem before you start your trip, and get new tires if you need them.
3) Properly inflate your tires.
4) Check all your fluids.
5) Check your windshield wipers.
Have you done these five things? Then pack your car and turn up the radio, because it’s time for some road-trip fun! National Tire Wholesale hopes that wherever your wandering heart takes you, you have a blast — and do it safely!
Gorm Dagoe and