During the steamy summer months, when so many Americans take to the highways on vacation, it is critical to make sure that your vehicle is appropriately equipped with the right roadside emergency supplies to keep your family safe on long road trips. Courtesy of Volvo Cars of Fort Washington, have a look at this checklist to ensure that you and your travel companions stay on the right track!

Be Ready for the Heat
Inspect your pressure cap, radiator, hoses, and belts to make sure they’re in tip-top shape with no signs of cracks, blisters, or cuts in the rubber.

Keep Your Vehicle Hydrated
Check your vehicle’s fluid levels for the automatic transmission, brake, coolant, power steering, and windshield washer system. Be sure that each reservoir is full. If you spot any signs of fluid leakage, take your vehicle in to be serviced.

Your Inspection Checklist
Before any long trips, especially during the summer, remember to have your car checked for the following:
  • Check the air pressure in all of your tires, including your spare tire.
  • Be sure your wiper blades are functioning appropriately.
  • Check your battery life and inspect your batteries and battery cables.
  • Have an inspection done of your brake pads and linings for wear and tear, and change your oil and filter according to the manufacturer's specifications.
  • Test your brake lights, headlights, emergency flashers, turn signals, and interior lights.
Your Roadside Emergency Kit
Even if you have prepared your car for summer traveling, it doesn’t hurt to have a back-up kit in the trunk for emergencies. Your emergency kit should include:
  • Flashlight
  • Emergency flat tire repair and spare tire
  • Jumper cables
  • High-calorie, non-perishable food
  • Gloves, blankets, and towels
  • Screwdrivers and wrenches
  • First aid kit
  • Hazard triangle or road flares
  • Water for both the car radiator and your family
  • Cell phone and charger
Be sure to check and stock vehicle supplies well before traveling, and remember never to leave on a trip with your vehicle’s “check engine” light blinking. If you take the above-mentioned precautions, you and your family will be more secure on the roads this summer.

Whether you’re looking for a certified, pre-owned Volvo or a Volvo repair shop in Montgomery County, don’t hesitate to give Volvo Cars of Fort Washington a call today at 888-547-7933.
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