2/24/2010

Travel Tip: Research Car Repair Shops Before Leaving Home


One of the scariest times for a woman is to be stuck on the side of the road with a car problem. Not only is it scary, it’s dangerous and puts you at risk of being a victim of sexual assault among other things. I always recommend that women keep their cars in the best condition that you can afford. It’s a good idea to keep a check on your tires. If you do, you may be able to get the tire changed in a parking lot or at a garage instead of roadside.

Don’t repeat my vacation mistake by ignoring your check engine light. My car seemed to be running fine so I figured it was just a glitch. Then, while in the fast lane of the interstate my car chugged once and then died. The timing belt broke. My daughter and I were fortunate to be able to call the automobile club and get towed to an auto shop.

I also found out that it’s worth checking into repair shops in the area you are traveling to. For example, if you are traveling to San Diego you would want to check into San Diego auto repair shops before you leave home. Check into shops that specialize in your vehicle. If you drive a Ford-150 look for shops that repair Fords and etc. for other makes. This gives you an idea of what’s there just in case you need it. Trust me, this is one travel tip that you don’t want to leave home without.

 
Here I am getting towed. Ouch!
Photo Credit: Gayle D'Ambrosio - Crabtree

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