Preparing Your Car for A Road Trip Through Canada

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Each year, Canadians wait patiently for the most important day in all of February: Groundhog Day. After suffering through a cold and brutal winter, the majority of Canucks just want to know if the cold will continue, or if temperatures will soon rise. This year, as the groundhog did in fact see his shadow, it’s not at all surprising that a lot of people have already begun planning their summer vacations. Of course, there is no better way to celebrate the arrival of a new season than to embark on a road trip through Canada.

Travellers who are not graduates of mechanic colleges often forget the importance of having their vehicle checked by an automotive service technician at least one month before departing on a road trip. To prevent any surprises while cruising along the highway, here is a quick guide for preparing a car for a cross-country road trip:

One Month Before The Trip

Tire Pressure: Tires are arguably the most important part of any vehicle, as they are the only parts that actually touch the ground and therefore get the most wear and tear. A certified auto technician will first make sure that all four tires are properly inflated, because low tire pressure can result in a blowout while driving – which can be both an annoyance and dangerous.

Spare Tire: Every automotive professional knows that it’s better to be safe than sorry, and where tires are concerned, having a well-inflated spare on hand (especially during a road trip) is never a bad idea. What many road-trippers tend to forget, however, are the tools they’ll need to fasten the spare tire onto the car. These tools may include a jack, a wrench and wheel locks.

Belts and Hoses: Individuals with auto technician training understand the importance of having a car’s belts and hoses checked before a road trip. This is especially crucial if the traveller is planning to take a trip during the Canadian winter, as cold temperatures can weaken these parts causing them to snap or break. Since the belts and hoses are responsible for connecting the entire system of a car, one faulty link can result in a dysfunctional vehicle.

One Week Before The Trip

Certified mechanics recommend having a vehicle checked at least one week before a road trip – even if it was already checked one month before the trip. This will allow the service technician to ensure that the lights, wipers, brakes, air filter and battery are all working as they should. A trained technician will also check all of the car’s fluids and replenish them if necessary. Some of these fluids include; engine oil, transmission fluid, coolant, windshield washer fluid and brake fluid. Auto industry professionals might also advise a traveller to join a roadside assistance program before their departure.

The Day Before

While it may seem redundant, it is critical that a road traveller check his or her car’s tire pressure once more, the day before hitting the road. Once this final check is complete, the driver will definitely want to make sure the gas tank is full, and lastly, that their luggage has been loaded into the trunk!

How else might a mechanic prepare a car for a long road trip?

Categories: ATC News, Surrey
Tags: auto technician training, automotive service technician, Mechanic colleges

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