Before you hit the road to take that road trip you’ve been planning all year it’s important to prep your car. This will ensure that your car is ready to go for the long haul and help prevent you from having problems you can easily avoid.
Let’s take a closer look at what you should be doing when you prep your car for a long road trip.
Check Tire Pressure And Tread
You should start with a visual inspection of your tires. This means looking for any obvious damage, such as a chunk of rubber missing. Next, move on to the tire pressure. You can reference the side of the tire or your owner’s manual to get the number of pounds your tires should be inflated to. Lastly, you want to verify the tread on your tires is sufficient for long distance traveling. This is quickly achieved with the penny trick or asking your local mechanic.
Check Fluid Levels
Now is the perfect time to top off your windshield wiper fluid, antifreeze, oil, power steering fluid, brake fluid, and transmission fluid. You can locate these areas under the hood with the help of your owner’s manual. This is definitely an essential thing to check on before you leave. You don’t want to run out of fluid while you are out of town.
Inspect Your Battery
You can have your battery inspected at a local AutoZone store or at places like City Limit Tire & Service. Have them test the voltage in the battery to ensure it’s in the proper range. The mechanic will be able to inform you of any harmful drains on your battery that could cause it not to start in the near future.
You want to ensure that anything you need in case of an accident, flat tire, or breakdown is in your car. This includes a spare tire that’s inflated, car jack, lug wrench, flashlight, first aid kit, and anything else you wish to have. Make sure to throw anything in your car that you think you might need.
Get Those Little Issues Checked Out
If you’ve noticed your car has been slow to start in the morning or you’ve been hearing a rattling sound when you hit the brakes, it’s time to get your car checked out. This also means checking your inspection, registration, and recommended oil change date.
By going through this short list of road trip prepping steps for your car you can greatly decrease your risk of running into any problems with your vehicle while on the road. Take the time out now and don’t risk losing out on your vacation fun later.
Guest Post: Kara Masterson is a freelance writer from West Jordan, Utah. She graduated from the University of Utah and enjoys writing and spending time with her dog, Max.
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