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Navigate the Holidays Safely: Your Complete Car Inspection Checklist Before Hitting the Road

At Cantrell Service Center, we want to ensure you and your loved ones have a safe holiday trip, so let’s walk through a quick vehicle inspection checklist before you hit the road.

Brakes: The Stop-And-Go of Safe Travel

Brakes are often the heroes of the road, and they need to be in top form.

  • Pads and Rotors: These should have plenty of life left in them to ensure they can handle stopping your vehicle.
  • Brake Fluid: We’ll check that the fluid is clear and full, as it plays a crucial role in the responsiveness of your brakes.

Tires: Your Vehicle’s Grip on the Road

Your tires need to be ready to grip the road, come rain, shine, or snow.

  • Tire Pressure: We’ll inflate your tires to the perfect pressure to help ensure good traction and fuel efficiency.
  • Tread Depth: You need enough tread to safely handle wet or slippery roads, so we’ll measure this carefully.
  • Spare Tire: It’s often forgotten about, but we’ll make sure yours is ready in the event it’s needed.

Fluids: The Lifelines of Your Car’s Health

Every fluid in your car has an important job to do.

  • Oil: It keeps your engine running smoothly, so we’ll check it’s at the right level and hasn’t degraded.
  • Coolant: We’ll ensure it’s full and ready to keep your engine cool, even on the longest journey.
  • Transmission Fluid: Smooth gear shifts depend on this, so we’ll make sure it’s clean and topped off.

Lights: Your Guide Through the Dark

Lights are crucial not just for you to see, but for others to see you.

  • Headlights: We’ll ensure they’re bright and properly aimed.
  • Brake Lights and Turn Signals: These communicate your intentions to other drivers, so we’ll test each one.

Battery: The Heartbeat of Your Car

No one wants to deal with a dead battery, especially in the cold.

  • Battery Health: We’ll test it to ensure it can hold a charge.
  • Connections: We’ll clean the terminals and secure the connections to avoid electrical issues.

The Extras That Make a Big Difference

  • Wiper Blades: These are crucial in a downpour or snowstorm. We’ll replace them if they’re worn.
  • Air Filters: A clean air filter ensures your engine breathes easily and runs well.
  • Belts and Hoses: We’ll check for signs of wear and tear that could lead to a breakdown.

Don’t Forget Your Emergency Kit

  • Jumper Cables: If your battery does give up, these will be your best friend.
  • First Aid Kit: It’s always good to be prepared for minor scrapes or headaches.
  • Flashlights and Extra Batteries: For those unexpected moments in the dark.

Before you head out, bring your car to Cantrell Service Center. We’re at 7601 Young Road, North Little Rock, AR. Just give us a call at (501) 758-1188 or visit Cantrell Auto Service to set up an appointment.

We’ve been in the business for over 50 years, and our commitment to quality work and customer service is unwavering. We’ll make sure your car is as ready for the holiday season as you are. Safe travels, and happy holidays from your friends at Cantrell Service Center!

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