Mike TenEyck, P.E.
Saint George, UT
(208) 589-4660


With the summer sun finally here, it’s a great time for friends and families to take a road trip. This article can help make your adventure stress-free.

When it comes to everybody’s favorite time of the year, the most common answer has to be summer. Not just because of the beautiful weather and the bright sun shining down, but also because children are on break from school and parents take time off work to enjoy a vacation with family. All in all, it’s the perfect mixture for a summer road trip. TenEyck Distributing not only knows just how much fun a road trip can be, but also that it can end quickly and with drama without a little planning. With this in mind, below are some great tips that can help ensure your road trip is a stress-free one.

Like Everything, It Starts with a Plan

Movies would have you believe that a road trip consists of little more than jumping in the car with friends, singing along to a song for around 30 seconds, before arriving safe and happy at your destination. However, the reality is quite different, with a little planning needed, such as:
  • What is the destination?
  • Which route will you take?
  • What are your backup routes in the event of a problem on the road?
  • Make a driving schedule so that the drivers know when they need to be ready, either by taking a nap or enjoying a snack.
  • On the subject of snacks, who is responsible?
Simple planning like this is enough to ensure that your road trip has a solid structure to reduce stress but it is also open enough to feel free and enjoyable.

Snacks for Your Engine

Just as you and your passengers will enjoy and rely on snacks to get you through the journey, so too does your engine also need sustenance. However, instead of candy and soda, your engine relies on a range of fluids. A day or two before you leave, make some time to check the fluid condition and levels in your vehicle, starting with these:
  • Engine oil
  • Brake Fluid
  • Transmission Fluid
  • Power Steering Fluid
  • And, soap and water for your wipers
If any of these levels are low or you can’t remember the last time you replaced each one, take the opportunity to flush out each of the fluids and replace it with fresh product, keeping the remainder of the bottles in the trunk. Click here to buy Signature Series 0W-20 Synthetic Motor Oil and help keep your engine running at peak performance during a long drive with a synthetic oil change in Saint George, UT. To place an order or to learn more about the benefits of a synthetic oil change, speak with an expert at TenEyck Distributing by calling (208) 589-4660 or check out the online store.

Next up Is Your Tires

Despite how tough they look, your tires are not impervious to damage and can easily accumulate a range of punctures which you won’t know about until you either have a flat or a tire blowout as you drive. Instead of risking this, take some time to inspect the condition of your tires, paying close attention to these items:
  • Bald spots/areas without tread
  • Lodged debris in the tread
  • Any items which have punctured the tire, such as a nail stuck in your tire
  • Cracks around the tire which could suggest a pending tire blowout
If any of the above problems are present or you can identify any other issue, be sure to have the problem fixed or the tire replaced before undertaking any more driving.


No, this isn’t a tip for electric vehicles. Instead, it’s a reminder that, despite the age of your vehicle, there is a range of electronics and wiring which you can’t see that play a large role in the function and safety of your vehicle. For this reason, ask a family member or friend to sit in the driver’s seat and activate your electronics while you tour your vehicle to check everything is working correctly, such as:
  • Headlamps are both working and bright
  • Brake and tail lights
  • Reverse lights
  • Dashboard warning lights
  • Indicators
Of course, if you are towing a trailer, be sure to complete the same check before leaving. Even if you aren’t driving at night, something as simple as a blown headlamp in the evening is enough to require you to pull over and wait for help to bring you a replacement. Instead, avoid this by replacing any low bulbs before you leave or keep spares in the trunk.

A Synthetic Oil Change in Saint George, UT

These tips, in addition to basic engine maintenance such as a regular synthetic oil change, can go a long way to keeping your car in good health and ensuring it gets you to where you want to go this summer. To find out more about a synthetic oil change or to place an order, speak with a friendly expert at TenEyck Distributing by calling (208) 589-4660.

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Saint George, UT 84790
United States
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