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Many people are mapping out their summer road trips. There is arguably no better way to get to explore America then by car, but all too often, these summer adventures get thrown for a loop by unexpected auto issues.

Some of these issues can be prevented by taking the time to prepare your car and give it a good checkup before you hit the road for summer fun. Let’s take a look at some of the most important things you can do to prep your car before that epic summer road trip.

Inspect Oil & Fluid Levels

One key step to take before you hit the road is to check your oil level and see when you are next due for a change. If it is almost time for an oil change, it is probably a good idea to do so before taking off. Checking the levels of other fluids, including windshield washer fluid and transmission fluid, is also wise. Your car is likely to face long hours of driving during any road trip, and having the proper fluid levels can help keep it running.

Tire Tune Up

A common road trip issue is tire trouble. To help prevent unexpected issues with your tires, give them a thorough check ahead of the trip. Make sure the air in the tires matches the level that is recommended in the manual. You can also visually check the tires’ tread and inspect for signs of bulges and extreme wear. Although replacing old tires can be an unwelcome event for many drivers, it will be much better to handle the issue at home than on the side of the road during your vacation.

Call in the Professionals

Probably the best way to prepare for a road trip is to take your car into an Austin mechanic shop. Tell the team that you simply want a checkup before a road trip, and they can help make sure your vacation isn’t interrupted by auto troubles. If any fluids are found to be low, the pros can quickly address it, plus they can check systems like your brakes, steering and battery, and inspect hoses and belts.

If you have dings or other damage to your car and need a body shop, Ellis & Salazar Garage & Body Shop is here to help. Our top-notch team provides excellent auto body repair in Austin, Texas. Contact us today to learn more.

5 Tips for Driving in Rain in Austin
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Driving in the rain can be scary, especially when you’re surrounded by other drivers on the road.  It’s estimated that approximately 24% of crashes each year are caused by wet road surfaces.

Being aware of simple tips to make driving in the rain safer will ease the anxiety caused by driving on wet roads.

5 Tips for Driving on Wet Roads:

1)      Allow Extra Time

Many drivers don’t drive with necessary caution during a storm, resulting in car accidents.   Rain often decreases visibility which means driving more slowly is necessary.  If at all possible, avoid driving until the storm has passed.  Even better, wait until the roads are dry.

2)      Remain Calm

Anxiety compounds poor driving decisions and can interfere with good concentration.  Remember to drive slowly, be aware of your surroundings and pay close attention to other drivers and how they’re reacting to driving on wet roads.  Defensive driving is important when driving in bad weather.

3)      Turn on Headlights

Most newer cars come equipped with daytime running lights, but turning on your headlights makes you much more visible to other drivers.

4)      Get Rid of Distractions

Driving while distracted is an unfortunate habit many drivers get into.  There’s no time more important than driving in adverse weather to be sure you’re giving your full attention to the task at hand – arriving safely at your destination.  Turn off the radio, silence cell phones and ask passengers to allow you to fully concentrate on driving.

5)      Prepare Ahead with Preventative Maintenance

Making sure your tires have adequate tread and proper air pressure is vitally important to prevent hydroplaning on wet road surfaces.

Driving safely in inclement weather is possible.  Remember than not everyone is adequately prepared, so be even more cautious of other drivers as you navigate your way through driving during a thunderstorm.

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