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Don’t Ignore This Simple Subaru Service, It Could Save Your Road Trip

Many Subaru owners ignore one overlooked service item. It's simple, but it could save money or prevent an accident. Find out more about it before heading out on a road trip. 

Take time to do it.

This weekend, many Subaru Forester, Outback, and Crosstrek owners will head out on a road trip to celebrate the Fourth of July. Even more people are expected to travel during the Fourth of July week. 

AAA predicts a significant increase in travel this Fourth of July week, with nearly 71 million people expected to hit the road.

"This is a 5% increase compared to 2023 and an 8% increase over 2019, making it one of the busiest travel periods of the year," says AAA. 

Don't forget about your tires.

Before embarking on your road trip, it's crucial to check your tires. This simple step can prevent potential issues on the road, ensuring a safe and smooth journey. Imagine the stress of a flat tire or a blowout at 70 miles per hour on the highway. Don't let that be your Fourth of July memory. 

Here is how you can prevent any problems. 

By checking and maintaining your tires, you're not just ensuring your safety at your destination, but also making your road trip more comfortable. It's a small effort that can make a big difference. 

Check the air pressure. 

Invest in a tire pressure gauge. It's easy to check, and most tire shops even offer a free air check service. Underinflated tires will cost you money in fuel mileage, and overinflated tires will cause excess wear. 

Check the tread depth.

Consumer Reports tire experts say, "To check your tread depth, place a quarter upside down in a groove on your tire. The distance from the coin's rim to the top of George Washington's head is about 4⁄32 inch." 

"If you see all of Washington's head in any one groove, you're at the 4⁄32-inch mark or less, and it's time to start shopping for new tires while you have some seasonal grip left." 

"The penny will help you check when tires need more urgent attention. Any major groove worn to 2⁄32 inch, the distance between the top of Lincoln's head to the edge of a penny, warrants immediate tire replacement."

Rotate your tires 

Subaru says, "Promote even tread wear, and help extend the life of your tires, by getting them rotated regularly at your local Subaru retailer."

Subaru is offering a special price on tire rotations now through July 15. You can make an appointment with your local retailer or through your MySubaru account.

Have a safe 4th of July road trip!

Many Subaru owners will use their all-wheel-drive vehicles to escape the city this Fourth of July weekend—it's why you bought a Subaru. 

Subaru vehicles are designed for all-season performance, making them reliable for getting further off the beaten path. Whether heading to the mountains or the beach, your Subaru will get you there safely and comfortably. But remember your tires. Treat them well, and you'll be rewarded with a trouble-free trip.

Do you need new tires?

If you need new tires, read my recent report here on the best tires for your all-wheel-drive Subaru vehicle. 

Are you planning a road trip this 4th of July weekend? We'd love to hear about it! Click the red Add New Comment link below and share your exciting plans with us and the Subaru community.

I am Denis Flierl, a top Torque News reporter since 2012. I’ve invested over 13 years in the automotive industry in a consulting role, working with every major car brand. I am an experienced Rocky Mountain Automotive Press member. You'll find my expert Subaru analysis here. Follow me on my X SubaruReportAll Subaru, WRXSTI, @DenisFlierlFacebook, and Instagram.

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