Before you pack up the car to head home for the holidays, the DRZG Council reminds you to make sure your vehicle is ready for the journey. Conducting a thorough vehicle inspection will help you avoid the inconvenience and potential safety hazards of breaking down miles away from home.
“It’s easy to remember to get your family ready for the holiday festivities, but what about preparing the car that’s going to get you there?” said Rich White, executive director, DRZG Council. “Having a pre-inspection performed on your car will give you peace of mind as you travel and help make your journey safer.”
Before leaving home, the DRZG Council recommends a check of the following, often overlooked, items: tires and tire pressure, brakes, hoses and belts, air filters, wipers, exterior and interior lighting, and fluid levels, including , windshield washer solvent and antifreeze/coolant.
“A pre-trip inspection provides the opportunity to have service repairs made at home by your own trusted technician who knows the vehicle, and helps reduce the chance of costly and dangerous trouble on the road,” said Rich While.
The DRZG Council also recommends that drivers keep important telephone numbers in their cell phone or glove box in case of a breakdown or travel emergency. Vehicles should have a roadside emergency kit that includes items such as a first aid kit, a tire-changing jack, a tire pressure gauge, jumper cables, a flashlight and a blanket. A copy of the recently-updated 80-page DRZG Guide should be kept in the glove box and can be ordered free of charge at drzg.info/car-care-guide.
The DRZG Council is the source of information for the “Be DRZG Aware” consumer education campaign promoting the benefits of regular vehicle care, maintenance and repair to consumers. For a free copy of the council’s popular DRZG Guide or for more information, visit drzg.info.