As you make plans for your summer road trip, remember that summer time is one of the most dangerous travel times of the year. According to the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration, an average of 13,000 Americans is killed while on summer vacations between Memorial Day weekend and Labor Day. It is reported that many of these highway fatalities are directly related to unperformed car service or car repair.
Now that you are aware of this, make it a high priority to drive a safe automobile (see the list of service issues below), and practice safe driving habits. A pre-trip inspection performed at a professional auto shop can help avoid interruptions to your vacation due to car problems, and more importantly, prevent
an accident. Because a car repair may be required if the inspection uncovers a serious issue, give yourself plenty of time when scheduling an inspection.
When a service or repair is put off too long, you could be jeopardizing your safety, as well as the safety of your passengers and other drivers. Follow these easy car service tips:
1. Cooling: Have your A/C inspected by certified technicians at your preferred auto shop to make sure you won’t have overheating problems during the hot summer months.
2. Braking: Make sure your brakes and rotors are in good condition before you hit the road.
3. Emissions: Check for any leaks in your car’s emission system.
4. Steering/suspension: Request to have these checked particularly. You could easily lose control of your car if the steering and suspension systems are in ill repair.
5. Engine Fuel System: A poorly functioning fuel system adversely affects gas mileage and motor performance. A stalling vehicle can prelude an accident.
6. Electrical and ignition: Servicing the battery, starter and ignition are very important to a well running automobile.
After the above inspections have been completed by a professional auto center, be sure to have any required maintenance items or repairs completed before leaving on your trip. You’ll be glad you did and so will the ‘other guy’.
For a trustworthy auto shop, contact our ASE Certified Technicians at Clausen Automotive by calling (608) 221-8321 or go on-line at http://clausenautomotive.com for more information about our auto center. Since 1975, our family-owned auto shop has proudly served vehicle owners in Madison, WI, and the surrounding communities.
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