Our thanks to Les Schwab Tire Centers for sharing some Road Trip Tips and Tricks as we head into Summer Road Trip season!
It’s summer – days are longer, skies are clearer, spirits are higher and the road is calling. Nothing beats driving down a long stretch of highway enjoying breathtaking views, good tunes and memory-making adventures with your loved ones. Before putting the pedal to the metal, there are a few things travelers can do to prepare for a worry-free and fun family road trip.
Whether it’s an epic vacation or an ambitious day trip, following a few simple steps from Les Schwab Tire Centers’ experts will help you prepare for a safe trip.
When the rubber meets the road, it’s crucial that all drivers ensure they have adequate traction by checking their tires’ tread depth and air pressure. Once the tires are checked, consider these additional tips so you can spend more time and money enjoying the journey.
Don’t get sidelined!
As a gift for his daughter, Jason Johnson, a 15-year Les Schwab pro and Centerville store manager, purchased a Saturn from his in-laws who live in Phoenix, Ariz. This past spring Johnson and his family drove 10 hours from Centerville, Utah, to visit family, pick up the car and then caravan back in the two vehicles.
“Before a big trip I always call my auto insurance agent to check my coverage,” recommends Johnson. “If I break down on the road without the proper tools, I want to avoid having to pay out of pocket to get towed.”
Johnson also pays attention to local weather and road condition advisories and plans his route ahead of time. For up-to-date travel conditions, visit http://lesschwab.com/resources/road-conditions and get directed to local Department of Transportation road cams, mileage calculators, scenic byway routes and weather forecasts.
Get your bearings
Salt Lake City store manager Steve Boekholder has been with Les Schwab Tire Centers for 21 years. Each year, Steve and his buddies haul their trucks, boats, bait, tackle and camping gear, even a generator and flat screen TV six hours from Salt Lake City to Lake Powell for an annual bass fishing trip.
Most drivers remember to check their truck’s bearings and brakes before a long haul. But often folks forget the trailer bearings. “For two decades I’ve seen what happens when people don’t check trailer bearings and brakes before their trip – soon enough they’re back in Les Schwab buying a new axle for the vehicle,” advises Boekholder.
Prepare for curveballs
Cliff Pruner, store manager in American Fork, Utah, has been with Les Schwab Tire Centers for 12 years. Pruner and his wife often drive their two young daughters over the river and through the woods to visit their grandparents who reside in Tigard, Oregon. Before this 12-plus hour drive, Pruner always checks that the windshield wiper blades are in good, clean, working condition and that there is plenty of wiper fluid.
“We’ve all been there; stuck behind a big rig on the road that’s shooting dirt and rocks at your window” shares Pruner. “I don’t want to run out of wiper fluid when I need it the most. If the wipers can’t clean the window, it can be a big distraction!”
The preparation doesn’t stop there. Pruner always carries a Les Schwab Tire Centers Roadside Safety Kit, which includes gloves, jumpers, essential tools, flares, a first-aid kit and a blanket. Throw in some snacks, chains, a flashlight, and plenty of water, and you can handle any detour.
So plan ahead and be prepared. Not sure where to start? Take advantage of your local Les Schwab Tire Center’s complimentary Pre-Trip Safety Check. With no appointment needed, a tire care professional will check the tires’ air pressure and tread depth, do a visual alignment check and also check the car’s brakes, shocks and battery. All while you enjoy free popcorn and coffee.
For more information on how Les Schwab tire experts can help you gear up for your road trip, visit http://lesschwab.com