The summer is coming to a close, but that doesn’t mean your vacation travels have to end! You may be interested in heading out on a few last-minute trips before the kids return to school or the weather changes. Fortunately, if you've dedicated proper maintenance to your vehicle, these trips should be breezy. If not, check out this list of tips for making the most of your summer travels.

Checking your tire pressure and oil.

When you're going on a trip, you might be tempted to just jump in your car and go. But before doing so, you should ensure that your vehicle is ready for the road. Make sure your oil is changed. This is important not only for safety reasons but also for the life of your vehicle. If the oil is low, it can cause damage to the internal parts of your engine and make it run poorly or even stop working altogether.

Your tires must be properly inflated and have enough tread to operate safely on any terrain. You don't want to find yourself stranded somewhere because one of your tires has blown out! Also, check tire pressure and tread depth.

Lastly, check the air filter condition. Air filters get dirty over time from dust particles and contaminants in the air — if they're too dirty, they can affect how well your engine runs. If it's time for an oil change anyway, ask your mechanic if there's anything else that needs attention while they're taking care of things under the hood.

Don’t forget to look around for the cheapest gas!

You can save money on fuel economy if you check out which gas stations on your road trip have the cheapest gas. The cheaper the gas, the less money it takes to fill up, and the more things you may get to see on your trip!

We touched on this in last month's blog (check it out if you want to see the top 5 apps you need for your road trip), but the GasBuddy app is a lifesaver in making the most out of your trip and money. This website lets users submit real-time prices at nearby stations and compare those prices with others in their area. If you plan ahead, you can find cheap gas along your route before leaving home instead of stopping every few miles.

The memories will be the important part.

Making the most of your summer travels is easy car-wise–just maintain your schedule for oil changes, tire rotations, and alignments. If you partner with your trusted auto mechanics here at Elk Grove Transmissions & Auto-Repair, we can help you keep track of everything that needs to get done.

The best advice for making a summer trip easy is to enjoy it. Be mindful, and don’t stress!

Come see us before you head out on your last summer road trips. Come see us before you start your trip. We can help with anything necessary to ensure your car is in tip-top shape. Come see us for transmission work, oil changes, tire inspections, and the likes. Please visit us at 9797 Dino Drive Elk Grove, CA 95624, or you can request an appointment that fits your schedule by clicking here!

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