RICHMOND, Va. (WRIC) — Families across Virginia are getting ready to hit the highways for holiday travel.
To prepare, the Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) is lifting some lane closures.
Starting at noon Friday, work zones on the highway will be suspended and lane closures on the interstate will be lifted.
But before you hit the road, make sure your car is up to speed.
If your Easter plans include a long drive, it’s a good idea to get your brakes checked. Driving long distances can take a toll on your brakes because of the numerous times you will be starting and stopping.
Something really simple all drivers should do is a fluid check, which takes only 5 minutes and is free.
In the long run, it will save you time and money.
“You can blow a transmission,” one mechanic warned. “You’re looking at a couple thousand dollars to fix that most of the time. You could overheat your engine itself, which can cost anymore from $1,500 to $3,000 to fix.”
It’s also a good idea to check your tire pressure. If it’s low, stop by a gas station and fill it up with air.
The VDOT lane closure lift will last until April 3.