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Taking Care of Your Toyota After a Big Summer Road Trip

Posted at Fri, Aug 10, 2018 3:00 PM

Summer’s the season of road trips, and many Long Islanders have been taking advantage of the gorgeous weather to hop in a car with their friends/family and take a little getaway trip. When you’re prepping for a road trip, big or small, you always check to make sure your vehicle’s in good working condition without any major problems before you depart (check out our handy summer road trip planning guide for more info).

What many people don’t realize is that it’s just as important to take care of your Toyota after a road trip, too. If you’ve got a road trip plan in the works, you should know how to take care of your vehicle after your trip’s over. Here at Westbury Toyota we love road trips just as much as anybody, which is why we’ve put together a useful post road trip checklist for you to go over when you get back.

Do a Thorough Cleaning

Even if you stuck to the highways for the majority of your road trip, you’ve probably picked up some grime along the way. As the writers of In Gear Auto point out, the first thing you should do after a road trip is give your Toyota a thorough cleaning, both inside and out. Starting with the interior, follow these steps:

  • Pick up any stray bits of garbage or items left behind. Be sure to check nooks and crannies, including storage cubbies.
  • Remove the floor mats, shake them out, and then hose them off. Use a stiff bristle brush to get rid of any stubborn dirt clumps.
  • Use a vacuum to clean up any leftover dust, dirt, mud, or garbage on the floors and seats.
  • Wash the inside of the windows with a window cleaning product.
  • Use interior detailing/protection products on the hard surfaces.
  • If necessary, use an upholstery cleaning product to remove any stains on the seats.
  • Don’t forget the trunk! Get rid of any excess junk and vacuum it out.

Once the interior’s done, you can start on the exterior. Depending on how dirty it is, all you may need to do is run it through a car wash. If you’d like a deeper clean and don’t want to pay to have it detailed, you can easily do it yourself with a bucket, water, cleaning products, some rags, microfiber cloths and our in-depth vehicle detailing guide.

Check the Condition of Your Tires

If you put a lot of miles on your Toyota during your road trip, it’s probably a good idea to check your tires when you get back home. Make sure the air pressure is where it should be (if you’re not sure what that is, check your Toyota’s owner manual). You should also look over your tires treads for signs of wear. If they’re starting to look pretty bald in spots, it might be time to get your tires either rotated or replaced.

Remember to Refuel

After a long day of driving, all you may be thinking about is getting home, unpacking, and going to bed. Unfortunately, this means you might be forgetting something important: Filling up the tank so you’re ready to go the next day. As a general road trip rule of thumb, make a gas station your last stop before going home, says the editorial staff of The News Wheel. That way you won’t be surprised with an empty tank the next time you get in your car.

Take It in for Routine Maintenance

A long road trip can be tough on a vehicle, even a newer one. Once your trip is over, book your car in for some routine maintenance if you're coming up on your mileage or timing milestones. An oil change, tire rotation, and general inspection can go a long way toward making your car ready for another trip before the summer is over!

End Your Trip on a Good Note

It’s normal to be sad when a fun vacation comes to an end, but you can end your road trip on a good note by making sure your Toyota’s clean, fueled up, and ready to go. Keep tabs on what shape your car is in so that it’ll be ready to go the next time you have the itch to jump in and head out on another road trip adventure!

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