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Road Trip Maintenance: What to Do Before You Leave

Road Trip Maintenance

Road trips are a great way to bond with your family and friends, and in the area, there are a number of ideal destinations such as the Smoky Mountains, Myrtle Beach and Atlanta. But before you hit the highway, it’s important to bring your vehicle to the auto experts for road trip maintenance and any necessary repairs.

The first things to do, according to Popular Mechanics writer Alex Leanse, is to check and top off your car’s six essential fluids. This includes the oil, which should be changed every 3,000 to 5,000 miles to reduce friction in the engine. Also check the coolant/antifreeze levels, power steering fluid, transmission oil and wiper fluid. Be sure to check the brake fluid as well — if it’s low, it’s a sign you may need new brake pads or rotors.

Next, check the tires. You’ll want to check the air pressure every 1,000 miles (see your owner’s manual for details on proper psi). Rotate the tires every 5,000 to 8,000 miles to redistribute wear, and replace the tires when the tread begins to go or if you notice cracking.

Belts and hoses should also be inspected for integrity and tightness, and if you notice leaks from the hoses or squeaking belts, it may be time for replacements. Also be sure to visually inspect the lights and change the air filter every 12,000 to 15,000 miles to ensure proper performance and fuel economy. You don’t want to be on a road trip and get bad gas mileage.

Before you set out on your road trip, schedule a maintenance check with our service department at Bradshaw Automotive.

Have a Great Trip with Thanksgiving Road Trip Games

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In just a few short weeks, families all across the country will be climbing into the car to head out on the annual Thanksgiving road trip. If this is what you have planned for your family this year, you will need some Thanksgiving road trip games to keep everyone occupied.

  • Karaoke.

    Plan ahead and let everyone pick out a few of their favorite songs to add to a playlist or burned CD before you leave. Then, each person has to sing along to their songs in their own special way—most dramatic, loudest, and so on.

  • Two truths and a lie.

    Each person says three things about themselves, except one of them is a lie. Everyone else has to guess which one is the lie.

  • Alphabet game.

    This game is good for younger kids. Everyone looks at road signs, license plates, billboards, etc. to find each letter of the alphabet in order.

  • Picnic.

    This game is a good test of everyone’s memory. The first person starts out by saying, “I’m going on a picnic and I’m going to take…” and then they name something that starts with A. The next person says the same thing and then adds to the list with the next letter. If you can’t remember the list, you lose.

If your car is in need of attention before you hit the road, or it is time for something new, come visit us at Bradshaw Automotive.

Best South Carolina Road Trips: Ideal Destinations

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Mapping Out Our Destination

Looking for the best South Carolina road trips? At Bradshaw Automotive we’ve put together a list of some of our favorite destinations to visit, so you can easily hop in your new SUV or crossover and hit the highway. South Carolina has a range of landscapes to choose from, one reason there are so many great road trip destinations to mention.

Best Beaches

According to Road Trip USA, there are tons of places to stop at in the Palmetto State. One of the most popular vacation destinations is Hilton Head Island, with several sunny beaches, unforgettable lighthouses, and dolphin tours, among other things. You can also get some of the best seafood in the country, including fresh shrimp and oysters on the half shell.

Charleston

Next, check out Charleston. Established as the capital in 1670, this city has one of the longest histories in the country. Though it is no longer the state capital, Charleston still retains a regal feel to it. You can check out mansions, churches, and the open-air City Market. If you visit in the near future, you may catch the Spoleto Festival.

Myrtle Beach

Finally, stop by Grand Strand, Myrtle Beach. As one of the most popular road trip destinations, the beach has more than 13 million visitors per year. You can see world-famous golf courses, roller coasters, malls, and more.

These are just some of the many fun road trip destinations you and the whole family can enjoy. And, with a new Chevy SUV, you can easily fit the whole family, luggage, and more. Come see for yourself at Bradshaw Automotive in Greer, SC today!

Safety Tips for Traveling with Pets

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Finding a dog sitter or kenneling your dog while you go on vacation can seem like a hassle, and who wants to be separated from their best friend for that long anyway? Taking your dog with you on vacation can be a lot of fun for you and your pet, but make sure you’re following these safety tips for traveling with pets!

Before you leave, get your dog used to riding in the car for longer and longer periods of time. This will help keep them calm when you leave, and they won’t notice the long distance as much. If your dog has trouble going to the bathroom anywhere but your backyard, get them used to going other places as well.

When you’re on the road, stop every few hours so your dog can go to the bathroom. Always give them access to clean water, and feed them according to their usual schedule. Bring toys for them to occupy themselves to keep their stress levels to a minimum.

Don’t leave your dog alone in a car, especially when it’s very hot or very cold outside. This is dangerous! You should also avoid letting them stick their head out of the car window for safety reasons.

Remember the most important thing is to have a great vacation for you and your family, including your furry companions.  Also, feel free to bring your car into our service department before you head out on your trip!

3 Reasons to Drive to Your Summer Getaway Instead of Fly

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If you’re planning on traveling this summer, it’s likely you’re considering catching a plane to your warm-weather destination of choice. But why not drive instead? Driving to a summer getaway has just as many benefits as flying, if not more! Here are a few reasons why you should drive instead of fly.

Scenery

Staring out of the window of a commercial airliner can be gratifying, but it can’t make you feel as if you’re part of the scene. It’s like the difference between seeing something in person and seeing something on TV. Driving allows you to experience your surroundings in a visceral way. Plus, if you see something pretty, you can stop and gawk all you want.

Time

Commercial airliners fly at around 500 mph. Even if you’re a lead foot, your top speeds in a car are significantly less than 1/5 of that. Flying saves time, right? Well, when you add safety screenings and everything else that comes with flying—like parking a half-mile away, waiting for the shuttle, taking the shuttle, waiting for the shuttle to pick others, etc.—flying is awfully time-consuming. And stressful!

Despite all of that, flying will still probably beat driving when it comes to the quantity of time. What about the quality of time? Flying just really can’t compete with driving when it comes to fun.

Claustrophobia

Even if you’re not a particularly claustrophobic person, sitting for hours inside of an airliner can really rob you of any sense of space. Not to mention, airline seats are actually getting smaller. According to the USA Today, seats on some carriers have shrunk as much as three inches! With this decrease in personal space, driving in a car is just that much more appealing.

If you prefer to drive instead of fly, stop by Bradshaw Automotive today to pick out the perfect car to travel in!