(PHOENIX) – Pent-up travel demand will likely send more Phoenicians to the high country this fall and winter. In recognition of October’s designated Care Care Month by the non-profit Car Care Council, your Neighborhood Auto Repair Professionals (NARPRO) offer these ways to make your vehicle ready for road trips across the Valley and Arizona.
Check the battery
- Congratulations if your car’s battery survived our summer. To avoid being stranded and waiting for help, make sure connections are tight and corrosion-free. NARPRO members can run a diagnostics test to pinpoint potential trouble or provide a green light for travel.
- Adequate tread for traction is critical whether you’re traveling in Phoenix or Flagstaff.
- Tire pressure generally drops 1-2 pounds for every 10-degree change in temperature.
- Proper inflation is not only a safety issue, it also maximizes fuel efficiency and the life of the tire.
Check the filters
- After a summer of storms, your car’s filters could be full of gunk. Besides negatively affecting the flow and quality of air inside your car, dirty filters can also hurt fuel efficiency and overall performance.
Check your lights
- Be sure other drivers can see your headlights, taillights, brake lights and turn signals.
Check your wipers
- With rain in the Valley and snow falling to the north, you want to make sure windshield wipers are in good shape. And, don’t forget wiper fluid.
NARPRO (Neighborhood Auto Repair Professionals): The Neighborhood Auto Repair Professionals (NARPRO) helps car owners find skilled and honest car repair shops. NARPRO only recommends independent, family-owned, full-service auto repair shops that have passed 26 rigorous tests. Visit www.NARPRO.com to find recommended shops near work or home. NARPRO is the easiest way to find an honest mechanic in the Valley.