Six Easy Car Tips to Rev Up Your Summer Road Trip
Summer is finally here (well it took almost 2 months to arrive to Chicago!) and while many familias are squashing into airplane seats to their vacation destinations, others are hitting the wide open road for a scenic road trip. In fact, 74% of Hispanics have a taken a vacation via car in the past year. It’s fun to make music playlists, play car games, and store up on road-trip approved snacks, but the most important thing is to make sure your car is ready to go the distance. Here are some friendly tips that my friend Nikole Reed, Regional Aftersales Manager, West Region, at Nissan North America shared to make sure your car is in tip-top shape to get you to your final destination safely.
1. Get a Multi-Point Inspection: Start by taking your vehicle to your local dealership for an oil and filter change and multi-point inspection, which is basically a checkup that covers important safety items. Along with an oil change, our Nissan dealerships, will inspect many things including brakes, tire pressure and headlights.
2. Check the Tires and Brakes: New tires or brakes can be costly, but safety on the road is a top priority. It’s money well spent and a range of price options exist for every budget, so if the first quote seems too high, ask for lower-cost options or shop around for a better deal.
3. Get a Battery Check: Your technician should also check the health of your battery and windshield wipers, both of which can be easily replaced if needed. He or she will also look at your cooling system, including the coolant, which is particularly important if you have an older vehicle and will be traveling in warmer climates. You don’t want your vehicle to overheat.
4. Take a Spare: One item not typically covered in a multi-point inspection is the spare tire. Be sure to ask the technician to check it—you want to make sure it’s in good shape just in case.
5. Contact Your Insurance Company: Once your vehicle has been checked, make sure you understand your roadside insurance policy and have that information and phone number readily available. (The glove compartment is a handy place to store it!)
6. Prepare For The Unexpected: Consider purchasing an emergency road kit and a first aid kit. You can buy combination kits that have jumper cables, flashlights, blankets, flares or emergency candles, tools and first aid items. Road and weather conditions can change quickly, so be prepared for all scenarios.
By checking off these six to-do’s, grab your friends and family, get your favorite tunes ready and enjoy your summer road trip!
 Think Now Research study, “Hispanics and Travel Research”, 2014