Summer Guide: Get your car road trip ready with AAA of Oregon
PORTLAND, Ore. —
With longer, sunnier and warmer days ahead, you're probably itching to get out of town and on the road. But is your car ready for a summer road trip?
AAA showed KATU's Wesleigh Ogle how to prepare.
It's always a good idea to take your vehicle to a trusted mechanic to make sure there are no serious issues, but here are some things you can do right now in your own driveway:
1) Check your battery. Marie Dodds with AAA Oregon/Idaho says a dead battery is the number one reason people call them during the summer months.
Either get your own testing device, or schedule a free test with AAA - it's included in your membership. AAA can test your battery in minutes, replace it on the spot and recycle your dead one. Dodds said most batteries only have a lifespan of about 3 years. She also says *heat* is harder on batteries than the cold.
"Batteries oftentimes will work fine even if they're at the end of their lifespan if it's between about 45 and 75 outside, but if we start getting some warm summer days, that really takes a toll on batteries," Dodds said.
2) Check your emergency kit.
Have emergency flares, booster cables, a first aid kit a flashlight, food and water. It's also a good idea to have warm clothes and blankets - even though it's summertime. And don't forget about food and water for your pets!
3) Get the AAA mobile app.
Find the cheapest and closest gas stations, closest electrical vehicle charging stations, AAA discounts, restaurants, hotels and more. It's also an easy way to call Roadside Assistance. Download it here.