5 Post-Roadtrip Maintenance Tips

Are you one of the millions of drivers who went on a summer roadtrip? Putting an extra couple of hundred miles - or a couple of thousand miles - can do a number on your vehicle.

Here are a couple of quick tips to help prevent your adventure from causing expensive repairs.

Do a Deep Clean
Give your vehicle a good cleaning - inside and out. If you picked up any hitchhikers along the way (in the form of smashed bugs on your vehicle's front end) it's a good idea to get those cleaned off as they can damage your vehicle's paint. On the inside, make sure to include a good vacuuming when you clean. Beach sand and other debris that is in your floormats will only be ground in deeper or spread throughout the vehicle if it isn't vacuumed up.

Replace Your Wiper Blades
Chances are that you used your wipers more than normal on your getaway. Since you should replace your wipers about twice a year, it might be a good idea to go ahead and get that done. (Downside: you'll have a crystal clear view of your commute back to work but a clear windshield is also safer.)

Check your tire treads
If your tire treads were already low, the extra vacation miles can mean it is time for new tires. To check your treads you can do the simple penny test. Place a penny headfirst into several tread grooves across the tire. If the treads are so low that you can see the top of Lincoln's head, your tires need to be replaced. If part of Lincoln's head is covered by the tread, you have more than 2/32 of an inch of tread depth remaining which means you probably don't need new tires.

Do an Oil Change Sooner
If your next scheduled oil change is pretty soon, you might want to do it now rather than putting it off. This is a good idea if your vehicle was full of passengers and luggage, or was pulling a trailer, because your engine probably had to deal with some extra strain and would benefit from an oil change.

And Top Off Fluids
Not only does maintaining fluids increase your vehicle's performance and safety, it will help keep repair costs down. In addition to oil, your vehicle depends on anti-freeze, brake fluid, power steering fluid, and windshield washer fluid.

If you have any questions about your vehicle, you can give us a call at (855) 419-2217 or to schedule a service appointment, please click here.

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