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08/29/2019
Summer is the perfect time for families and groups of friends to enjoy a trip, taking in the sun and the warm weather. Below is a great post with some tips to help you plan.

Summer is not only a great time of the year because of the sun shining overhead, the clear skies, and the hot temperatures, but also because it’s also a time when children are on school vacation and parents take time from work, which all makes for a great road trip. If you and your family or a group of friends are thinking about a road trip this summer, D&M Marketing, LLC has a great post to share below with tips to help you plan a great road trip.

A Very Basic Plan

When compared to flying, train, or even taking the bus, the biggest benefit a road trip has is the ability to be flexible, able to stop whenever you like. While it’s important to have a plan, it’s also equally as important that the plan doesn’t impede on the very nature of a road trip.
  • Decide on your destination
  • Choose which route you will take to get there
  • Consider alternate routes in the event of a problem on the road
  • Drivers should decide on their driving shift so they can be prepared
  • Who is bringing the snacks?
These five items are basic enough so that they don’t hinder your adventure but solid enough that they ensure everybody is on the same page, helping to keep temps low and spirits high.

Don’t Forget Your Engine Snacks

Just like you and your passengers like to enjoy a snack or soda along the journey, so too does your engine relies on its own type of snacks. The range of fluids which your vehicle utilizes is what keeps it going, and if it runs out along the way, then you won’t be going much further. Take some time to check the fluids in your engine before you leave, starting with these:
  • Engine oil
  • Water and coolant
  • Wiper fluid
  • Brake Fluid
  • Transmission Fluid
  • Power Steering Fluid
Of course, if your vehicle utilizes any additional fluids or oils, be sure to check these. If you can see that any of the levels are low or that the fluid has passed its service date, instead of just topping it up, take the opportunity to flush out the old product and replace it with fresh fluid. Click here to buy Signature Series 0W-20 Synthetic Motor Oil and help keep your engine in good health during summer with a synthetic oil change. To place an order or to learn more about the benefits of a synthetic oil change in Covington, speak with an expert at D&M Marketing, LLC by calling (770) 312-7542 or check out the online store.

Tires

Now it’s time to move on to your tires. Despite how tough they look, your tires aren’t impervious to damage and need to be checked regularly, especially prior to embarking on a long summer drives. Bring your car out into the light, taking your spare from the trunk, and check for any problems, such as:
  • Bald spots on the tire/areas without tread
  • Debris which has punctured the tire, such as a nail
  • Items lodged in the tread of your tire
  • Any cracks
Any of the above can cause serious problems when driving at high speed, so if you can see any of these then be sure to have the tire checked and repaired prior to driving on it again.

Vehicle Electronics

Just because you aren’t driving a state-of-the-art electric car doesn’t mean that your vehicle isn’t relying on a range of electronics, cables, and wires to keep your vehicle running and your passengers safe. With this in mind, ask a passenger to sit in the driver's seat and operate the electronics controls while you look around the vehicle to ensure everything is working correctly, for example:
  • Headlamps are bright and working
  • Tail and brake lights are functioning
  • Reverse lights work when in great
  • All of your indicator lights are operating correctly
  • Your dashboard warning lights all flash on when you first start your engine
Not only are these important for your safety and the safety and awareness of motorists around you, but driving without these is illegal, meaning that you and your passengers could be waiting on the side of the road at night for a replacement bulb, which you could have replaced before leaving.

Improve the Health of Your Engine with a Synthetic Oil Change in Covington, GA

In addition to these great tips, basic vehicle maintenance like a synthetic oil change can go a long way to improving your engine performance. To place an order or to find out more, speak with an expert at D&M Marketing, LLC by calling (770) 312-7542.
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