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Maintenance Tips for Long-Distance Driving

Driving long distances is a part of living in Alaska. They say everything’s bigger in Texas, but we know everything is really big in Alaska. When you drive long distances, there are a few things you can do to keep your vehicle in good condition, and preparing for every trip is a simple way to “check in” with your vehicle and ensure it’s running properly. 

Decrease Your Oil Change Intervals

Most cars allow you to drive around 5000 miles between oil changes, but someone who drives long distances should decrease that interval to 3000 miles. This ensures that an expert at Pearson Auto is checking your vehicle regularly. In this way, we catch problems before they get out of hand.

Clean the Headlights

Half the year, headlights are not all that necessary, but there are extended periods of darkness that require running with headlights at all times. Clean the headlights, use a protective film if needed, and have your bulbs replaced when they go out. You shouldn’t drive around Alaska without functioning headlights and tail lights.

Refill When You Have the Chance

You should refill your tank when you have the chance. You never want to run your gas tank down to empty, hoping that there is a station closeby. Moreover, certain parts of your vehicle aren’t meant to run on fumes. The fuel filter could clog, the fuel pump might sustain damage, or the engine could begin to misfire. You may not destroy your fuel filter or pump, but their lifespan drops when you drive on empty.

Contact Pearson Auto for Long-Distance Maintenance Services

For help with long-distance driving maintenance, call 907-371-0440 or email Maintaining your vehicle and preparing for long-distance driving makes your journeys safer and keeps your vehicle in good condition.

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