February is almost over, which means spring break will be here before you know it. If you’re thinking about getting out of town to soak up some sun, make sure your ride is up to the challenge! Whether you’re heading to a nearby coast or going to be putting some big-time mileage on your ride, it’s always smart to conduct a safety inspection on your car before you hit the highway. Toyota of Orlando is here to help – we have a checklist you can use to put your car through its paces and make sure it can handle the drive.
Use our safety inspection checklist before you head out for spring break
Use this road trip safety checklist created by our Orlando Toyota service techs to ensure your ride can handle the highway BEFORE you leave (after all, who wants to spend their spring break sitting around waiting for a tow truck?)!
- Tires: Doing a safety inspection on your tires is extremely important for a road trip, as they take the brunt of the wear and tear. Make sure they’re inflated to the right PSI, first of all (this info should be in your owner’s manual). Next, check general condition to ensure you don’t see any punctures, bubbles, or weak spots that could result in a flat or blowout. Finally, check the tread condition. Is it deep enough? Do the penny test to ensure you have enough tread for proper grip on the road.
- Battery: Ending up with a dead car is no good, especially when you’re trying to enjoy the sun and sand. Check the condition of your car’s battery during your safety inspection to look for any rusting, leaking or bulging, which can indicate problems in your future. Next, test the voltage (or have our Orlando Toyota service techs test it for you) so you can rest easy that your battery isn’t going to die any time soon.
- Wipers: We hope it’s all sunshine on your vacation, but rain is always a possibility, even in the sunshine state! Make sure your wipers are in good condition. When in use, they should completely clear your windshield of water. If you hear squeaking or see streaks and smears of water when using them, you should replace them at our Orlando Toyota parts store before you head out.
- Brakes: Brakes are another important component of your safety inspection, especially if you’re going to be towing things behind you. Check your brakes by testing them first – make sure you get a solid reaction when you push them and that they aren’t mushy or delayed. Also listen for any noises or smells that are out of the ordinary. You’ll also want to check the thickness of your brake pads to ensure they’re going to last you, as well as the brake fluid in your car.
- Oil and coolant: Finally, check the oil and coolant to ensure both reservoirs are full and the liquid is clean. Your car will be working overtime if you drive it long distances or at high speeds, so give it the tools it needs to stay cool under the hood.
Let our Orlando Toyota service techs assist you with your inspection
If you need assistance, call Toyota of Orlando today at (407) 298-4500 to schedule your service appointment for a safety inspection. Happy travels!