AAA urges Michigan drivers to get vehicles road ready

Posted: 9:09 AM, Jun 20, 2018
Updated: 2018-06-20 13:09:20Z

With the school year drawing to a close and the Independence Day holiday on the horizon, the summer travel season is heating up.

AAA is sending out a statewide road ready reminder urging motorists to get their vehicles ready for safe journeys.

Michigan travelers are reminded that emergencies are one of the fastest ways to put the brakes on a great vacation.

Motorists can minimize the risk by planning ahead and preparing properly for safe summer road trips.

AAA offers theses Safe Summer Travel Tips:

For vehicle maintenance prep:

1.Get vehicle inspected by a certified automotive technician at a AAA-approved auto repair facility.

2.Check tires regularly for uneven or excessive tread wear. Make sure all tires, including the spare, are inflated properly. For an accurate inflation reading, check tires when they are cool.

3.Check coolant level and condition, making sure you consult your owner’s manual for the proper mix of water and coolant.

4.Check engine oil level and condition. If driving under extreme conditions- such as very hot summer weather or pulling a heavy trailer - you may want to consider switching to oil with higher viscosity. Check your owner's manual for specific recommendations.

5.Check belts and hoses for wear, softness, cracks and blisters. Always perform this check when the engine is off and cool.

6.Check battery. Hot weather can shorten a car's battery’s life. If there's a concern, have it tested by a certified automotive technician.