According to AAA, 91 percent of the 34.4 million Americans doing short end of summer vacation will be doing so by car this Labor Day Weekend. Here are some tips to make sure you get to your destination …
1. Check the tires and tire pressure. Properly inflated tires last longer, handle better and return better fuel economy. Don’t forget the spare and check to see the jack and related tools are ready if you need them. Some cars have locks on the wheels — make sure you have the key.
2. Check your fluid levels. This includes the oil, transmission fluid, brake fluid, power steering fluid, engine coolant and washer fluid. If you have had a recent oil change, the garage who did it will check your levels for free.
3. Check your lights. Past AAA studies have shown one car out of every five has a broken light or turn signal.
4. Belts and hoses last longer today than ever but still fail. If your car is more than five years old give the coolant hoses and drive belts a good look.
5. Check the wipers. If they streak or chatter it’s time to replace them.