When its time to take a road trip, there are things you need to be aware of regarding your car. Your automobile needs to be in tip-top shape before you even think about hitting the highway.
Many people become so excited about loading up the car, they never think to check its vitals. No one wants to find themselves on the side of the road because they neglected to do something so simple as checking the oil.
#1 Overall Repair Checkup
You shouldn’t hesitate to take your car into a nearby repair shop and have them do an overall checkup. This means the oil, tires, engine, and everything. Don’t think because you have a brand new car it’s fit to be on the road for hours on end without any complications. Getting a thorough checkup can save you a lot of money and time.
Tow trucks are expensive, especially if you are out in the middle of nowhere. With a maintenance checkup, you know exactly what your car can handle.
Further, if your car is diagnosed to have issues, a trip could eventually kill it. This is good to know before you dive into your trip. It is possible for you to take a notepad and write down current issues with your car and take it to a repair shop.
Tell the mechanic you are planning a long road trip and what needs to be done to the car so it can handle the stress. You might be worried you need a replacement part for your vehicle. You can go to a salvage yard to pick n pull one. It will be fast and save you money. Here are a few tips you can use when getting your car ready for travel.
You can never have enough gas so don’t be fooled into thinking you can. Take the liberty to have an extra gas can filled with fuel in case of an emergency.
We all like to believe we can follow the navigator or our phone maps, but sometimes we get lost. This can cost you big time and take you off course and literally run out your gas. It can happen so easily that we often don’t think it can happen to us. It can be very frightening to run out of gas in a deserted place where the next station is 30 miles.
Be a prepared as much as you can on your trip and always pay attention to how much gas you have at each stop. Make it a habit to keep your tank on full and don’t risk riding on empty to the next exit. Fill up when you can because the time between exits can be longer than you expect.
Most road trips will take you into all sorts of weather environments. Make sure you have all weather tires that can tackle rough dirt roads, snow, and rain. Further, you need to have spare tires that are ready to go when needed.
Don’t find yourself with a flat and no pump to inflate the spare tire. Bring all the pumps needed and keep your spare in good shape. It’s also important to know the make and model of your current tire so you know exactly what to buy when one blows out.
Never forget to bring extra lights for your trip that can help you see in the car and around it. Headlights need to be working as well. Make sure they are clean and, if need be, change the bulbs.
It can be very dark in some places on lonely roads. You will save yourself a lot of worry with adequate flashlights for looking under the hood or around the car. Make sure all interior lights of the car work and the bulbs are not dying out. We often forget the nightmare of having no interior lights to look around and get emergency equipment. A good sufficient supply of lights can help you avoid a disastrous road trip.
Heading on a road trip is a blast and gets us very excited for the journey. However, too many of us ruin this trip because they didn’t pay attention to the car carrying us to our destination.
Get your overall check up and needed repairs before getting on the highway. Have a strong familiarity with your car so you know what needs to be fixed. Bring an extra can of fuel and watch your tank closely. All interior lights need to be working and in good condition as well. Safe travels!