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If you're looking to take a break without breaking the bank, a good, old-fashioned road trip could be the way to escape. Aside from packing snacks and preparing the perfect playlist, there are a few things you should consider before venturing out on the open road. A few updates and precautions can help you avoid the wear and potential safety hazards a long trip can have on your vehicle.
- Fast fixes: Winter can be hard on a vehicle's exterior, and even seemingly insignificant cosmetic damage can become a large issue if left unattended. Many owners are aware of some scratch or dent in their vehicles but are wary of the cost to have it professionally repaired. But allowing exposed metal to rust can create an even bigger problem. Fortunately, you can avoid ugly and potentially costly issues using touch-up paint.
- Trip-worthy tires: Good tires are an integral aspect of vehicle safety, and it is extremely important to check your tires before heading on an extended road trip. According to the Car Care Council, thin tire treads create hazardous driving conditions, particularly on wet roadways. Thin or worn treads can cause tires to hydroplane and potentially lead to loss of control of the vehicle. To ensure tires wear evenly and avoid dangerous situations, it is commonly recommended to have tires rotated every 7,000 miles. This simple routine not only makes for a more dependable vehicle, but also saves money by extending the life of your tires. Replacing worn tires before a trip is also a good idea to ensure you will have no problems while far from home - plus, you may even see better gas mileage.
- Brake check: Checking your brakes is an extremely important aspect of routine vehicle maintenance, and you should be sure your brakes are in prime condition before a long journey. New brake pads and fluid may not be the most appealing travel expense, but will certainly save you the hassle and cost failed brakes can incur.
- Routine maintenance: Whether your trip is 100 miles or 1,000, checking your vehicle mechanics is important before heading out on the open road. This includes checking and changing your oil, coolant, brake and transmission fluids as needed. In addition to its inner workings, make sure all outside components of your vehicle are in top shape. Ensure headlights and blinkers work properly, inspect windshield wipers and rearview mirrors, and check windows for any cracks before setting out.
According to BestRide.com, here are 10 fun used cars that wonít break the bank:
2008 Volkswagen GTI
2008 Mazda MX-5 Miata
1991-1994 Acura NSX
2002- 2006 BMW M3
2001-2004 Chevrolet Corvette Z06
2004-2006 Dodge Ram SRT-10
1999-2002 Mercedes-Benz E55 AMG
1989-1994 Porsche 911
1994-1998 Toyota Supra Turbo
1993-2002 Chevrolet Camaro Z28
Did You Know
Itís not just car makers for regular folks who have to do recalls - Porsche recently announced it is replacing engines in the 911 GT3s because of a risk of fire, CNN reported. The car starts at $130,000.
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