25 Nov '13, 4pm

Are you planning on a road trip for Thanksgiving? If so, check out how to prepare your car for the open road!

Many people have concerns about taking their cars on long trips, especially if their cars are getting on in years or mileage. Truth is, long trips are actually easier on your car than day-to-day driving -- but a breakdown far from home can really ruin your fun. A few simple checks will stave off many common problems. As with most things, it's best to start early. Two to four weeks before you go Get any major repairs done. If your car needs major repair or maintenance, do it at least one month before you go. That will allow plenty of time for any problems related to the repair to pop up. Check the coolant. If your destination is a lot warmer or cooler than home, check (or have your mechanic check) the coolant's mixture of antifreeze and water to make sure the car is properly protected. If the coolant needs to be changed, do it (or have it done) now. Check the tires. Make su...

Full article: http://cars.about.com/od/adviceforowners/a/ag_preparetrip...

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