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Grip, Rip & Road Trip

There are few things quite like a road trip. You get to take turns playing DJ, dine on the healthiest of gas station snacks, and experience our great nation, by way of four wheels. Had a rough workweek—or maybe you’re just feeling adventurous? Then hit the open road.

Preparing your car for the trip is key, so, here are 5 things to do before embarking on your next voyage.

There’s a reason the oil change is the most commonly performed DIY auto upkeep procedure – It prevents engine failure. Check yours and top off with PEAK Conventional if needed.

A dirty engine air filter forces your car to work harder and decreases gas mileage, too. Even a remotely questionable looking filter should be replaced.

Wiper blades wear out with time. If yours have seen better days, swap for a fresh set of PEAK Optix Flat Wiper Blades. You want a clear view as you cruise down the road, don’t you?  A clear view of the road equals safer driving. Safer driving equals less worry. Less worry equals a better road trip. You get the gist.

Maintaining the proper coolant level in your radiator helps prevent the engine from overheating and your cooling system from failing. This one’s a must.

Make sure the pressure in your tires matches the psi specified on the tire wall. *Bonus tip: Use a digital gauge when the tires are cold for the most accurate results.

Now that you have the pre-road trip routine dialed, let’s move to the fun part: The Top 5 West Coast automotive museums we deem worthy of a pit stop. We’ll also be putting you in the know on the best East Coast and Midwest auto museums, but that’s for a later date. Don’t worry—we’ll get there.

California Automobile Museum: Sacramento, California
You’re already in the state’s capital, so kill two birds with a single stone. Drop into the museum and fix your eyes on over 72,000 sq. feet of pure automotive gold.

The National Automobile Museum: Reno, Nevada
Brush up on your automotive history. Late 19th century and early 20th century cars are the hot ticket here.

Wally Parks NHRA Motorsports Museum: Pomona, California
This stop isn’t only for the drag racing folks. Car culture is just as important as hot rod horsepower here.

Penske Racing Museum: Phoenix, Arizona
Often referred to as the best-kept secret in the state, you’ll receive a healthy dose of Indy 500 racing memorabilia as well as an up-close-and-personal view of iconic Indy racecars.

Petersen Automotive Museum: Los Angeles, California
Famous for its 300,000 square feet space and rotating exhibits, you can’t afford to miss this it.

At the end of the day, a road trip is all about the experience. Go explore. Go get lost. Stop somewhere random. What we’re saying is…just go hit the road and see where you end up.

russ komarnicki

July 30, 2013

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