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Avoid Breaking Down This Summer! 

The sun's out, the weather's warm, and the open road is calling. Summer is the perfect time for a road trip adventure! But before you hit the highway, it's crucial to make sure your vehicle is ready to handle the journey. The last thing you want is to find yourself stranded on the side of the road with an overheated engine or a flat tire. 

At RPM Towing, we hope you don't break down, but if you do, remember: "We're There FAST." To help minimize the chances of needing our services, here's a checklist of essential car maintenance tasks to tackle before your summer road trip.

1. Check Your Tires

Your tires are your car's only point of contact with the road, so it's vital to ensure they're in good condition. 
Check the tire pressure and adjust as needed. Properly inflated tires improve fuel efficiency and handling.
Inspect the tread depth. If your tires are worn, it's time to replace them before your trip.
Don't forget to check your spare tire and make sure you have a jack and lug wrench in case of a flat.


2. Test Your Battery

High temperatures can be tough on your car's battery. If your battery is more than three years old, it's a good idea to have it tested by a professional. Look for signs of corrosion or leaks, and clean the terminals if necessary. A failing battery can leave you stranded, so it's better to replace it before your trip if it's nearing the end of its life.

3. Top Off Fluids

Check and top off all your vehicle's fluids, including:
Engine oil
Brake fluid
Power steering fluid
Windshield washer fluid
Low fluid levels can lead to engine damage or system failure, so make sure everything is at the proper level before you leave.


4. Inspect Belts and Hoses
High temperatures can cause belts and hoses to crack, fray, or leak. Inspect them visually for any signs of wear and have them replaced if necessary. A broken belt or hose can cause your engine to overheat, leaving you stranded.


5. Check Your Air Conditioning
There's nothing worse than a malfunctioning A/C on a hot summer day. Before your trip, test your air conditioning system to make sure it's blowing cold air. If it's not working properly, have it serviced by a professional.


6. Pack an Emergency Kit

Even with proper maintenance, breakdowns can still happen. Be prepared by packing an emergency kit in your car. Your kit should include:
Jumper cables
Flashlight and extra batteries
Basic tools (screwdriver, pliers, adjustable wrench)
First-aid kit
Water and non-perishable snacks
Blanket or extra clothing


7. Plan Your Route and Stops

Before you leave, plan out your route and potential stops. Identify rest areas, gas stations, and scenic viewpoints along the way. It's also a good idea to let someone know your planned route and expected arrival time, just in case something happens.

Remember, proper car maintenance is key to a successful summer road trip. By taking the time to prepare your vehicle, you can minimize the risk of breakdowns and enjoy a stress-free adventure.
And if you do find yourself in need of roadside assistance, RPM Towing is here to help. Our team of experienced professionals is ready to provide fast, reliable service to get you back on the road. Safe travels, and enjoy your summer road trip!