It’s road trip season, make sure your vehicle is up to the task

With the warmer weather around the corner, it’s time to start thinking about that road trip you’ve been longing to take.

Whether you’re the type to plan out the trip well in advance, or are more spontaneous, there are some preventive measures you should take with your vehicle before you hit the road.

For example, if you haven’t done so recently, make sure to change the oil, especially if you’re planning a longer trip. You should also check the tires before you go, fill up the windshield washer fluid and make sure your “check engine” and other warning lights aren’t on.

No matter how much you might love spending time at a new car dealer’s service department, chances are the people you’re travelling with on vacation would rather be hanging out at the beach or sitting around a campfire.

It’s also a good idea to put an emergency kit in the vehicle. You can buy kits or put together your own. They should include items such as jumper cables, a fire extinguisher, warning lights and road flares, a flashlight, a first aid kit with a seatbelt cutter and an air compressor, to name a few.

And while it might be getting warmer outside, if you’re travelling in B.C., you might want to include blankets, extra windshield washer fluid as well as an ice scraper, since you never know what kind of weather you might encounter at higher altitudes.

Many people have navigation systems in their cars today, but it’s also a good idea to pack some road maps as a backup.

The Canadian government has an emergency car kit checklist on its website that should help you prepare. To get more information please visit

There are so many great places to visit across B.C. this spring and summer. Get in your car and get out and enjoy them! Also, be prepared.

Safe travels, and remember — don’t text and drive.

Blair Qualey is president and CEO of the New Car Dealers Association of BC. You can email him at
[email protected]

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