Summer Road Trip Checklist

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Matt and Heather talk to Dormie Roberts from Blain’s Farm and Fleet about the checklist to make sure your tires are safe for a summer road trip.

Going on a road trip is a favorite summer past time for many people. Exploring new places, spending time with family and friends – it’s all a part of vacationing on the road. It’s important to make sure your car – specifically your tires – are ready for miles upon miles of drive time. With this checklist from Blain’s Farm & Fleet, you can get ready to hit the road for summer adventures.

1. Check Your Tire Tread Depth

A few fractions of an inch in the depth of your tire tread can make a huge difference. It can be the difference between hydroplaning on a wet road and making your way safely through the rain. Not only will worn out tread make your vehicle less safe, it will also keep it from handling as well as it should on your road trip. Our how-to article explains how to easily check your tire tread depth with a tire tread depth gauge.

2. Check Your Tire Pressure

Low tire pressure can make your tires have more contact with the road, causing unwanted tread wear. Maintaining the correct tire pressure can help keep you safe on the road, and give your tires a longer life. To determine the correct tire pressure PSI, simply check the label on the driver’s side door jamb or your owner’s manual. Read through our how-to article for more tips on checking your tire pressure.

3. Check For Bulges and Cracks

As you’re checking the tread depth and pressure, take a closer look at the state of your tires. Look for any cracks, splits, bulges or bumps. If your tire has any of these signs of wear and tear, it could lead to tire failure or a blow out.

4. Follow Weight Recommendations

Part of a road trip is packing up the car with coolers, luggage and anything else you might need, depending on where you’re going and how long you’ll be gone. It’s important to consult your owner’s manual and determine the maximum weight recommendation for your vehicle, as well as the maximum load rating for your tires. A heavy load can be hard on tires and cause problems with your vehicle’s handling and fuel economy.

5. Rotate Your Tires

Regular tire rotation helps with even tread wear, giving your tires optimal performance and making them last longer. Most manufacturers recommend rotating tires every 5,000 – 8,000 miles, but always double-check your owner’s manual. With rotated tires, you’ll have even tread wear and better handling while you’re on the road.

Having a reliable, safe vehicle on the road can give you peace of mind on your summer road trip. 

For more information, please visit their website at https://www.farmandfleet.com/.

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