In addition to the recommendations you're going to read below, I also recommend that you take your vehicle in for an overall inspection before you leave. Have a licensed mechanic look at your vehicle and if anything needs replaced or serviced, get it done before you leave.
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To make sure rubber hits the road without any issues, they suggest the following:
5 Things to Know Before Taking a Road Trip
* PROPERLY INFLATE TIRES TO IMPROVE GAS MILEAGE BY UP TO 3%
When tires are not properly inflated, it causes fuel efficiency to drop. Plain and simple: more money wasted on gas means less money for your summer BBQ snack list. You can find the proper tire pressure on the driver side door panel or in the owner's manual.
* KEEP THE 'GAS LAW' IN MIND
The gas gauge should never go below a quarter tank - it shortens the life of the fuel pump and you could be in for costly repairs down the road! In addition, you never know when you'll be stuck in traffic and can't got to a gas station quick.
* DIRTY AIR FILTERS WASTE YOUR FUEL AND DAMAGE YOUR CAR
Replacing your air filter regularly is a simple, yet often overlooked procedure that costs drivers lots in wasted fuel and damaged system components.
* PACK EMERGENCY SUPPLIES
When hitting the road, you always want to pack a first-aid kit and emergency supplies, including food, bottled water and a blanket. It's also a good idea to make sure you have a good spare tire in your trunk, jumping cables, road flares and other items you made need if your vehicle breaks down.
* WHAT TO DO IF YOU WIND UP ON THE SIDE OF THE ROAD?
Don't stress! If you do have car trouble on the road, visit repairpal.com to find nearby shops with comprehensive training, quality tools, warranties, and fair pricing that will help you get back to your vacation quick. You'll also find their Fair Price Estimator tool that tells you what any kind of repair will cost. Every RepairPal Certified shop honors the prices shown on the Fair Price Estimator - how's that for a breath of fresh air on your next road trip!