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Checking out your car before you leave can save time in the long run

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Almost 40 million people are expected to travel for Thanksgiving. Many of them will pile into their cars. Spending just a few minutes making sure your vehicle is road ready could have you giving thanks for a safe trip. If you're thinking of hitting the road to get to your Thanksgiving dinner, you've got to make sure the car is all packed up. Then you get buckled in, make sure you have a full tank of gas and you're ready to hit the road, right? Well, not so fast. “Going on long road trips you want to make sure tires are properly inflated, make sure all your fluids are topped off, so you don't have any minor or major mishaps while your on the road,” said Marc Knight, Midas operations manager. Start by checking the tires; air pressure guidelines are usually on the inside of the driver's door. “Keeping your tires inflated properly makes your tires last longer. It's easier on your suspension and steering components, and it increases your fuel mileage,” Knight said. Most people know when to change the oil. “Oil you need to have changed every three months or every 3,000 miles,” Knight explained. But you should also check power steering, brake, and transmission fluids before hitting the road. Next make sure all the belts are running smoothly and have a fresh set of wiper blades to prepare for whatever weather awaits. “The main reason is safety. It increases your visibility in stormy or wintry conditions,” Knight added. A quick check can help put your mind at ease. All you'll have to worry about is the traffic. To save some money on gas, the Car Care Council says to avoid aggressive driving, follow the speed limit, and avoid idling. Also, replace damaged or loose gas caps to prevent gas from spilling or evaporating.

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