Dawn is quickly approaching, bags are all stored in the trunk, and the road is calling out for your name to take on your next journey. Wherever you are headed, it is your car who will take you places and to your next destination.
Before setting into a journey, you have to make sure your car is well-prepared for this trip. We’re not talking about your readily made music playlist, homemade snacks, or your fully charged camera. We’re talking about your car’s maintenance and proper precaution to ensure that your drive will be safe, comfortable, and more enjoyable.
Assuming that you have a good running car, it will still be put in a test, especially for long drives. Here are simple and useful tips what to do first before embarking on your journey
Oil is an essential fluid for your engine. It should be just in the right amount and right type of oil should be used. Replace while you still can if the oil needs to be changed.
If there are signs of a worn out battery such as loosed and corrosion, or slow cranking when your car is starting, replace it now to prevent breakdowns.
Assure that all your lights are bright and working. Rear lights, headlights, fog lamps, signal lights, and all the other lights to make your visibility clear and to let other drivers see you. If they’re dirty, better replace them to be safe.
Water and Coolant
Just like your body, function on hot conditions can put a strain on your car. Overheat problems can hinder your trip and could cost you time. Replace and fill your car with a new coolant and carry some water just in case.
You never want to risk having an accident in a place far away from home. Assess your brakes if they need to be replaced. Worn down brakes should never be used on long road trips.
Have your car professionally inspect to determine if there is something wrong with your suspension. Wheel balance and wheel alignment will not only make your trip safer but also efficient on fuel.
Check your tires if they are still in good condition for a long drive. Inflate them to their proper pressure to avoid blowouts. This also helps in improving fuel economy. It’s not the only the four tires you need to check but also your spare tire. You could check the owner’s manual for the appropriate tire size and pressure.