Going on a road trip can be an exciting thought for anyone planning one. This excitement can quickly dwindle in the face of car trouble that may arise halfway through the trip. To avoid such situations, it is important to check on a few things on your car well before setting out on the journey. Some of these things you need to check on your car include:
This encompasses all the fluids in your car, brake fluid, oil, and coolant. Checking these fluids includes changing what needs to be changed and refilling what needs to be refilled. That way, you will be assured of well-functioning parts on your car.
Wheels and tires
Here you check for pressure in the tires, surface for any visible damages or inflections and wear. Wear in tires can be detected by looking at the tread depth. Low pressure in tires will waste fuel and cause the tire to heat up with the extra friction. You may also need to check your wheel alignment to prevent situations where the car vibrates too much or pulls to one side which is quite dangerous.
Checking for a spare wheel is also very important; you never know when you’ll get a flat especially if your trip involves off-roading. While checking for spares, you will also need to be sure to have a jack and a spanner to avoid the mishap of having a tire change but no tools to do it.
Having working lights will go a long way towards ensuring you are safe in bad weather or in the night. Just making sure none of your lights are busted or are just flickering and not lighting properly will help you in unfamiliar places and save you from getting in trouble with the police too. Headlight alignment will also affect nighttime visibility; ensure that is correctly aligned.
You don’t want to be out in the middle of nowhere with a dead battery. To avoid this, check your battery’s condition thoroughly. Find out if any parts are corroded and if the leads are tightly fitted, this will prevent any of them from falling out causing voltage dump that will, in turn, kill the alternator leaving you stranded.
This is yet another important part to focus on. Cars run gas and without it obviously, they stall. It would be wise to ensure you have a full tank before starting out as opposed to saving it for later when you get to that filling station you saw on the map you have. Having enough fuel at the beginning saves you trouble in case you don’t find any other filling station where you’d hoped to.
This includes a first aid kit, flashlight, batteries, travel charger, map and warning triangle. It is important to have all these items in case for some reason you end up with car trouble you will have a way to reach out and call for help or even better fix it. The spare wheel and tools are also considered to be emergency supplies.
In conclusion, take your car on a test drive before the trip just to see how well everything is working; pay attention to the noises and ease of movement on movable parts such as the brakes. Work your wind shield wipes and lights too just to be sure. You might also want to clean your car with particular attention to the windows and mirrors. This will ensure you start your trip with full visibility from all angles. To top everything up, turn up your stereo and enjoy every minute of every song because no there’s no rush, your destination awaits.