Car maintenance on a road trip

The Do’s and Don’ts of a Successful Car Trip

One of the ultimate joys in life is an amazing road trip with family or friends. On the open road, there are no deadlines, conference calls, or tight schedules. Instead, the road ahead offers adventure and discovery. While you fantasize about your road trip to end all road trips, how can you set up your journey for greatness and have the best road trip ever? Here are our do’s and don’ts for a successful car trip.

DO: Plan Your Route

While some aspects of a flawless road trip are spontaneous and only stumbled upon while on the journey, it helps to have a rough plan for the route that you’re taking. This can minimize getting lost or really off track and will help you to plan accommodations along the way. It will also give you the ability to scope out potential opportunities for breaks for washrooms, meals, exploration, or a good stretch.

DO: Plan for Fun

Create a rockin’ playlist, look up some car games, grab lots of snacks, and depending your route, make sure you have a day bag of swimsuits, sunscreen, and a change of shoes or outfit readily available. Not only will these things make the journey more fun, but believe it or not, can actually enhance spontaneity.

DO: Keep it Cool

Keeping the interior air on the cooler side is a good way to keep the driver alert. Turn down the heat, turn up the a/c, or just crack a window so the fresh burst of cooler air will help the driver focus. This might also mean planning for light blankets and sweaters for the passengers to ensure everyone’s comfort.

DON’T: Drive Too Late at Night

A good rule of thumb is to only drive after sunrise and stop by dusk. When it’s dark, it takes an added layer of concentration to drive safely, so when traveling long distances, it’s important to consider that you might be more fatigued than usual. Take a rest and hop on the road first thing in the morning to be safe. This is another reason for planning your accommodations ahead of time.

DON’T: Leave Town on a Friday at Rush Hour

To avoid a soul-sucking bumper to bumper situation, take into consideration rush hour times and routes of any big city that you might be driving through along the way. This might mean taking an extra day or half day off from work to “beat the traffic,” or hanging around a neighbouring community of a big city until the coast is clear before passing through. It’s way better to leave early or wait than spend part of your holiday crawling through a city.

DON’T: Skimp on Vehicle Maintenance

Regular maintenance is the key to a reliable vehicle. Nothing puts a damper on a fantastic trip like car trouble. It’s important to make sure that you have everything in your car up to date and recently maintained so you can avoid any preventable problems. It’s also important to make sure that you have the basics for emergency car situations on hand—including a spare tire, jack, jumper cables, flares, and blankets.

For more information on the do’s and don’ts of a successful car trip, and for all your car maintenance needs, contact Express Care in North Vancouver. We’ll treat your vehicle as if it’s our own!

5 Reasons for a Professional Oil Change in North Vancouver

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Getting an oil change is the smartest and simplest thing you can do to keep your car happily humming along. Still, many folks neglect to do it, opening the door to breakdowns and repairs. Think skimping on regular oil changes is no big deal? Whether you’ve got a shiny new car or a vintage ride, here are five reasons why a professional oil change in North Vancouver is super important.

Extends the engine life

All it takes is routine oil changes to add extra years to your car. Debris and dirt in the oil can add unnecessary wear and tear to your vehicle. Regular oil changes will not only flush out buildup from the engine, but also boost performance and prevent breakdowns.

Improves gas mileage

Did you know that getting regular oil changes can improve gas mileage? Grimy, grungy, and gritty oil can force your engine to work harder, creating friction inside the engine. Replacing old oil with some fresh fluid will reduce friction, and that will help your engine run more smoothly and efficiently, upping the mileage and saving you money.

Prevents engine overheating

Taking your car in for a professional oil change in North Vancouver is one of the top ways to keep your engine cool. The internal moving parts of your engine work hard and fast, producing a lot of friction. Over time, dirt and sludge causes oil to lose viscosity, impacting engine performance and causing overheating, breakdowns, and costly repairs.

Keeps the engine clean

A clean engine is a healthy one. It is only a matter of time before dirt and debris begins to accumulate in the oil. And when that happens, sludge is going to get into your engine, causing blockages and damage. Regular oil and filter changes prevent dirt and other particles from building up, keeping the engine clean and running smoothly.

Reduces Harmful Emissions

Rising air pollution is a serious threat to the planet and us. The dirtier oil gets, the more emissions it will create. If you want to reduce your carbon footprint, getting a professional oil change is a smart and easy way to help minimize the impact on the environment.

Can’t be bothered with DIY oil changes? At Express Care, our certified technicians will not only change your oil, but also provide a FREE 21-point inspection, ensuring your vehicle is in tip-top shape.

For a quick and easy oil change in North Vancouver, contact us today!

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