Have A Mechanic Check These Three Things Before Your Summer Road Trip

Statewide Iowa — The warm weather is here, the kids are out of school, and Iowans are making plans for extended family vacations.

Before backing the packed SUV out of the garage though, AAA’s Nick Chabarria suggests you have a professional look over a few key things.

Car batteries, for example, won’t usually last longer than five years. Chabarria says something important that Iowans can easily check themselves is the inflation rate on their tires.

The number of cars broken down along the roadside rises this time of year, Chabarria says, in large part because of a problem with the battery, the engine or the tires.

You’ll also need plenty of gasoline. AAA says the average in Iowa is now $3.37 a gallon, that’s down two pennies in the past week. The national average is 20 cents higher at $3.57. A quick check of prices at shows prices in our area right in line with that. Sheldon’s gas was at $3.24. It was $3.49 at Orange City and Sanborn, $3.39 at Sioux Center, $3.26 at George, a penny lower at $3.25 at Sibley, and Rock Rapids was the cheap gas spot, at $3.19.