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Shoreline, WA & Lynnwood
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Summer means different things to everybody, but there is one enjoyable activity everybody loves during summer - a road trip! The best way to stay out of trouble when undertaking a road trip is to follow some simple advice and listen to a few tips and tricks. Otherwise you could easily end up on the side of the road waiting for help to arrive instead of enjoying the beach.

Don't Let Engine Problems Get in the Way of Your Road Trip

Progressive Products knows a lot about engine maintenance and has prepared the following post with tips for you to follow which can help you and your passengers reach your summer road trip destination safely and without problems along the way.

How Are Your Tires?

Despite what you might think, your tires aren’t impenetrable and, in fact, are very susceptible to damage. The biggest problems you can experience from poor tire quality is to experience a tire blowout while you’re traveling at high speed. The best way to prevent this from happening is with a quick visual check of your tire quality. With your vehicle in the bright sunlight, take a close look at the following:
  • Does your tread pass the penny test?
  • Can you see any debris lodged in the tread of your tire?
  • Is there debris actually lodged *in* your tire?
  • Any bald spots/areas without any tread left?
If you can see any of the above or you just aren’t confident that your tires are up to the task ahead, now is the time to get them checked, repaired, or even replaced.

Under Pressure?

With your tire condition taken care of, it’s time to look to your tire pressure. Many motorists don’t know that the pressure in their tires can change with the temperature, causing serious under inflation. In addition to this leading to lower fuel efficiency, it can also make your vehicle harder to maneuver around a serious event on the road.

How Are Your Fluids?

Of all the lessons you were taught when you first started driving, the lesson about keeping your fluids in check was the most important. Why? Because without enough coolant you’re stuck on the side of the road with steam pouring from your radiator. Without a good quality engine oil, your engine needs to work harder, using more fuel and lowering your engine performance. Before you head out, check the following for their quality and quantity:
  • Engine Oil
  • Coolant
  • Transmission Fluid
  • Brake Fluid
  • Wiper Fluid
If you can see that an of the above liquids have seen better days or you just can’t see any at all, be sure to top them up or replace them, and keep some left over in the trunk for along the way. Click here to buy Signature Series 0W-20 Synthetic Motor Oil and keep your engine in good health. After all, a healthy engine is one which is going to get you and your passengers to the beach, safely! If you aren’t sure this is the right product for your engine, don’t hesitate to speak with an expert by calling Progressive Products at (425) 483-2582. Leaders in the field of engine oil, rest assured their experience and knowledge will see you get the right and best products for your engine.

Can You Even Stop?

You might not notice that your brakes are having any issues running errands around the city because you likely back off the gas to slow your vehicle down before applying light pressure to the brakes. However, when it comes to braking hard at high speed to avoid a collision, it’s better to be prepared than find out that your brakes really aren’t as good as you thought they were. A simple inspection is all that’s needed to check the condition of your brakes. If you can see the indicator pin coming through, if there is any type of film on your brake pads, or they’re just plain worn, be sure to replace them before you head out.


When it comes to the electrics of your vehicle, many motorists takes it all for granted. However, small issues can lead to serious problems. For example, a broken tail light can not only get you a fine but can cause serious problems for other motorists around you. A dim or busted headlamp is the best way to see yourself stuck on the side of the road at night waiting for the sun to rise because you can’t drive the night portion of your drop. For these reasons, have a friend or family member walk around the car while you check your electrics to ensure everything is in working order. If possible, pack some spare bulbs or fuses with you in case anything happens along your journey.

Give Your Engine the Kick Start It Needs with a Synthetic Oil Change in Shoreline, WA

Despite it being a simple piece of engine maintenance, giving your vehicle a synthetic oil change really is the best way to improve the health and performance of your engine. To find out more or for advice on getting the right product for your needs, speak with Progressive Products today at (425) 483-2582 and trust in their expert advice to help keep your vehicle on the road for longer. Don't forget to check out the online store for even more information on the range of products available.

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