How do I prepare my Honda for a long trip?
Have your regular maintenance done
A week or two before your trip you should schedule your regular maintenance and have your Altech Honda specialist look over the vehicle for potential concerns. For your vehicle to provide peak performance, Altech Performance recommends an oil&filter change, and may also suggest replacing the air filter if necessary. Changing the air filter is an inexpensive way to enhance fuel economy and performance. When you bring your car in for a checkup, we also review if the tire pressure is optimal for fuel mileage, and can repair leaks or provide replacements with your visit.
Have your repair shop check the tire pressure and adjust it if necessary
If the tire pressure is too low, it can cause a blowout at high speed. Also have them check the tread on the tires for excessive wear. (You can also do this yourself by placing the head of a penny into the tread of the tire. If you can see all of Queen Elizabeth’s, you probably need new tires.) Be sure to have your repair shop check to see that the spare tire is inflated and the appropriate tools are available to install it if necessary.
Have the auto repair shop check the coolant
Are you going somewhere with a warmer or colder climate? Let your repair shop know so your mechanic can adjust the mixture of water and antifreeze to ensure the car is protected against temperature extremes.
Buy a road atlas or GPS
If you don’t have a current road atlas, get one. Hours and hours of expressway can get boring. Getting off the beaten path can add an entirely new dimension to your trip.
Clean out your car
The day before you leave, thoroughly wash and vacuum the car. It’s much nicer to have your trip in a clean car.
Make sure your paperwork is in order
Make sure your license, registration and insurance are all current and accessible.
Fill the gas tank
Might as well get it out of the way now. Besides, gas is often more expensive on the road.
Look at what you’ve packed
Open your suitcases and take one last look — do you really need all that stuff? Did you forget anything?
Enjoy your trip! Remember Altech Performance is your Toronto Honda & Acura specialist, but also provides repairs and professional services to all makes and styles! Call to speak to an Altech professional today!