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June 27, 2011

Road tripping this Summer?

The Globe & Mail recently reported a few preventative measures to take before hitting the road this summer.

The article suggests that close to 900,000 Canadian motorists will be stranded at the side of the road, many of them with easily avoidable car issues. To avoid a road trip headache, consider the following:

1. Tires

Check your tires to ensure that pressure and tread are at adequate levels. The tire pressure decal found on your car door or inside the gas flap will inform you of an appropriate pressure level. Once informed, use a pressure gauge to check all of your tires – including the spare. You’ll improve safety and save money. The U.S. Department of Energy says properly inflated tires can improve fuel economy by as much as 3% (equivalent to four cents a litre).

To check tire tread, insert a quarter in each gap across the tread surface with the Queen’s head facing down. The tread should cover part of her head. If any area above her head is visible it is time to go tire shopping.

2. Batteries

Batteries have a life expectancy of 3 to 5 years. As is the case with tires, heat is the enemy. Heat breaks down the internal components and speeds up corrosion of battery terminals – both resulting in insufficient electrical power. To prevent battery issues, check that cables are firmly attached and clean the terminals if there is any sign of corrosion.

3. Wiper blades and washer fluid

The open road is certainly no stranger to bugs. And poor visibility due to flattened bugs and other miscellaneous windshield debris can be a serious safety concern. Ensure your vehicle is equipped with sharp wiper blades and a full tank of fluid to keep your sightlines clear.

To read the full article: How to Stay Safe on the Road this Summer, the Globe and Mail