(PHOENIX)– With stormy weather expected on Thanksgiving, your Neighborhood Auto Repair Professionals (NARPRO) encourage people to drive safely and protect their vehicles from water damage. AAA estimates 55 million travelers will travel 50 miles or more, the second-highest number of Thanksgiving travelers since it started tracking in 2000.
Road trip Checklist
1. Windshield wipers
• Wiper blades often deteriorate faster in Arizona so it’s important to inspect and replace now. Remember to check the rear window wiper blade.
2. Headlights, brake lights and signal lights
You may not notice a dim or non-functioning light from behind the wheel so ask a friend for help.
• Headlights should be properly aimed. Misaimed lights can impact your ability to see and blind other drivers.
• In many vehicles, taillights and brake lights share the same external covering. This is where a friend comes in handy. To test both lights, start by turning on the ignition switch (no need to start the engine). Turn on your headlights and check to see if the taillights came on at the same time. Then, tap your brakes and check that the brake light is brighter than the taillights. If not, the bulbs may need to be changed.
• Make sure all lights are clean to ensure maximum visibility.
3. Rubber Molding
• Check for leaks and cracks around the windshield, doors and cab. If water seeps it, it can lead to major electrical problems.
Your vehicle’s tires affect handling, traction and safety so a five-minute pressure check is a smart investment.
• Under-inflated tires can lead to uneven wear and require quicker replacement. Correct pressure can improve gas mileage by three percent.
• Try the penny test to check tread. Place a penny head first into several tread grooves. If the top of Lincoln’s head is visible, your treads are shallow and tires need to be replaced. If part of Lincoln’s head is always covered by tread, you probably don’t need new tires. Use this opportunity to inspect tires and make sure they are free of nails or other objects that can affect their performance.
• Uneven or accelerated tire wear can lead to an alignment problem where your car shakes or drifts to one side.
• Regularly rotating tires promotes uniform wear.