June 22, 2018
With school out for the summer, many families are planning driving vacations. Adding pre-trip auto care to road trip plans lessens the chance of a roadside breakdown for all motorists and is even more important for those driving older vehicles, says the Car Care Council.
According to AAA roadside data, "vehicles 10 years and older are twice as likely to be stranded at the roadside, and four times more likely to require a tow." The findings also show that the top reasons for requiring a tow are:
"The Car Care Council urges all drivers to make sure their vehicles are road trip ready to minimize the chance of car trouble away from home," said Rich White, executive director, Car Care Council. "With the average vehicle age exceeding 11.5 years and the odds of a roadside breakdown much greater for those with older vehicles, a pre-trip vehicle inspection is especially important to help ensure a stress free journey."
The non-profit Car Care Council recommends a vehicle check prior to departure to avoid the hassle and unexpected expense of car trouble away from home, including:
The Car Care Council also recommends inspecting the brake system, performing a tune-up, checking and restocking the emergency kit, and fully charging cell phones before leaving home.
July 6, 2018
Imagine being stuck in traffic on a 90-degree day when your vehicle's air conditioning system malfunctions. With summer heating up, the non-profit Car Care Council recommends that motorists be car care aware and have their A/C system checked to make sure it is working properly.
"As the weather turns warmer, the last thing anyone wants to be is hot under the collar in their vehicle when they are driving to work or on a family vacation," said Rich White, executive director, Car Care Council. "Making sure your A/C system is working properly will keep you and your passengers cool and safe, making it a very enjoyable summer on the road."
A vehicle's heating, ventilation and air conditioning system (HVAC) keeps the interior cabin comfortable in any season by providing the right temperature and humidity level. Typical A/C service by a professional service technician consists of the following steps:
The Car Care Council also recommends that when having a vehicle's HVAC system inspected, the cabin air filter be checked to make sure air is flowing properly into the car.