Automotive Maintenance Tips

June 03, 2017
Canada Day Long Weekend Road Trip Checklist

Happy Canada Day! Planning a road trip during the Canada Day long weekend? Make sure to go through this checklist to prepare yourself for a safe and easy ride.

  • Pick up a map – no one likes getting lost, use a GPS device and/or map to ensure no time is wasted on your road trip!
  • Bring a cell phone car charger –  your phone needs battery life if you want to check your Facebook on a pit stop or need to make an emergency call… either way, pick up a car charger at a local cell phone shop… you can get them for as lows as $15!
  • Check tire pressure & wheel alignment – improperly inflated tires can reduce your fuel economy and reduce the life expectancy of your tires. Improper wheel alignment can cause uneven tire wear as well and make for unsafe driving. (wheel alignment special starting at $69.95)
  • Check spare tire pressure – Better safe than sorry… let’s hope your tires are in good condition, but should you run into any issues you want to make sure your spare tire is ready to go.
  • Lots of water and snacks – stay hydrated and keep energized with plenty of H20 and snacks along the way
  • Flashlight
  • First Aid Kit
  • Oil, Lube & Filter Change  – make sure to check your oil before a long road trip. If your engine oil is low give it a top off and if your engine oil is black make sure to bring it to Imperial Street Auto Repair for a $24.95 oil, lube and filter change (applicable to most vehicles). Bad oil is often the culprit behind engine problems.
  • Check engine fluid – The level should be between “Low” and “Full” marks. If your coolant level is slightly below low, top it off. If it is significantly lower check your cooling system for any leaks. If a leak is present, get it fixed immediately before taking off on your road trip.
  • Check battery for acid leaks, cracks or other damage – If you notice any of these signs on your car’s battery, replace it

These tips were brought to you by the good folks at Imperial Street Auto Repair & Detailing in Burnaby at 604-434-1120. We offer friendly, affordable and reliable auto repair and detailing services. Also, make sure to visit our services page and deals page to learn more about what we have to offer and our current promotions.

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