Pep Boys Offers Easy Preventive Maintenance Tips to Keep Your Car in
Top Shape for Thanksgiving Travel
PHILADELPHIA--The Pep Boys – Manny, Moe & Jack , the nation’s leading
automotive aftermarket retail and service chain, offers drivers
tips to get their vehicles ready for holiday road trips and travel.
According to the American Automobile Association (AAA), with today’s
national average price of gas being $2.09, approximately 41 million
Americans will travel 50 miles or more from home this Thanksgiving
“As many people will be traveling by car this holiday, Pep Boys
recommends that motorists prep their vehicles before heading out on
road,” said Assistant Vice President of Service Operations Greg Russ.
“Whether you are heading to a family get together many miles away or
down the road to the Black Friday sales, it’s important to take a few
simple measures – like checking your tire pressure and oil – before
leaving to prevent breakdowns and other car trouble.”
Don’t hit the road without ensuring that your car is as ready for the
holiday as you are. Here are five easy preventive maintenance steps
take before traveling this Thanksgiving:
Make sure your tires are properly inflated. Underinflation
lead to tire failure. It results in unnecessary tire stress,
wear and possible loss of vehicle control or accidents. A tire can
lose up to half of its air pressure and still not appear to be
The best way to check tire pressure is with a properly working
or digital tire gauge, available at Pep Boys. Check your vehicle’s
door placard or owner’s manual for the correct pressure. One of the
most immediately noticeable benefits of having your tires properly
inflated is increased fuel efficiency. Most savvy Black Friday
shoppers will appreciate the savings.
Make sure your spare tire is inflated and you have a jack.
a busy holiday weekend on the agenda, no one has time for a
But, just in case, be prepared with an inflated spare and a tire
Too often, drivers do not think about having these useful tools
it is time to use them. Do not wait until it is too late.
Check your lights and wipers: Across the nation, daylight
are shorter during winter, making it more important that
turn signals and brake lights are in proper working condition.
all of your bulbs for any visible damage or broken filaments. Also
make sure that your wipers performing as they should and are not
making streaks on your windshield; you’ll are prepared for any
less-than-perfect weather you may encounter.
Have your car battery tested. If your battery is more than
years old, you may want have it tested. Pep Boys offers free
testing. The terminals and the charging and starting systems should
also be inspected, cleaned and deemed corrosion-free. Rear window
defoggers, lights and plug-in travel accessories and electronics
drain on your charging and starting systems, particularly during
winter, so it’s important to ensure your battery is up to
as you get set to hit the road.
Check and top off all fluids. Do not wait until you get low
or run out of windshield fluid, engine oil, coolant or transmission
fluid before you fill them to the manufacturer’s recommended
Fluids are critical to a vehicle’s operation and performance,
especially when you may have to travel long distances for the
Also, store an emergency kit in your car. As you may be
after the sun goes down or before the sun comes up this holiday
be prepared for any unexpected emergencies with flares, reflectors,
jumper cables, flashlights, blankets, water and high-energy snacks.
Many of the products and services mentioned above are available at
local Pep Boys, and may be discounted during our 5 a.m. to 11 a.m.
Friday doorbuster sale.
About Pep Boys
Pep Boys has over 560 retail stores and approximately 6,000 service
in 35 states and Puerto Rico. Along with its full-service vehicle
maintenance and repair capabilities, the Company also serves the
commercial auto parts delivery market and is one of the leading
of replacement tires in the United States. Customers can find the
nearest location by calling 1-800 -PEP-BOYS or by visiting