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According to a 2019 AAA travel survey, nearly 100 million Americans are planning to take a family vacation this year, and half of those families expect to pack up their cars for a road trip. With driving demand at an all-time high during the peak driving season months of May through August, there are a few pre-road trip tips to keep in mind, especially for diesel vehicles, when gearing up for summer travel.
Whether you’re hauling your boat to the nearest lake or driving cross-country for college orientation, it’s important to take the right steps to ensure the diesel vehicle working hard to get you there is ready.
Checking the components of your towing system before a road trip is essential. As we enter the summer months, ensuring your hitch is structurally sound is especially important given corrosion is more likely to occur during the winter, specifically in the colder geographies where road deicers are used. This is also a good time to make sure the electrical system is set up properly and brake lights are functioning correctly. If you’re towing a boat, you should know when the last maintenance check was done, especially on the wheel ends to make sure your vehicle and trailer are in good working condition.