Pickup trucks are great all-round vehicles. Today’s trucks have great towing and cargo capacity coupled with comfortable interiors and a whole slate of creature comforts. They’re ideal in the country, and great around town, but they really shine on the open road. If you’re hitting the highway for some summer fun, there are a few things you should do before heading out to make sure your truck’s up to the task:
1) Fluids – Oil, transmission fluid and coolant are the automotive equivalents of blood. Make sure that your fluids are in good shape (change whatever the manufacturer recommends) and that they’re full before setting out.
2) Tires – check that there’s plenty of tread remaining, and ensure your tires are inflated to the correct pressure. You need to check them when they’re cold. Refer to your owner’s manual, or the chart inside the driver’s door. Don’t forget the spare!
3) Battery – Make sure it’s not too old (you should get about five years from a quality battery) and it’s been correctly maintained.
4) Wipers – check to make sure they’re working correctly. Replace them if they’re getting worn.
5) Add-ons and accessories – Walk around your vehicle and make sure any accessories you’ve added are correctly fastened and working properly. It might be nice to add some bed rails or cargo hold-downs if you’re planning to take a lot of stuff with you on your trip.
6) Safety kit – Make sure you’ve got a first aid kit, some food, water, and blankets on hand in case you get stranded and have to wait for help. A printed map and a working cellphone can be lifesavers out there on the road!
For help readying your ride for the trip of a lifetime (or a trip downtown), come see us at Carlson Truck Outfitters, 155 Fennell St. in Winnipeg, telephone (204) 669-5249.