Going on a road trip can be plenty of fun, but before you hit the road, you need to make sure your car is ready to go. Being stranded on the side of the road because your car is not roadworthy would really throw a wrench into the fun of the trip. Therefore, it is important that you know what to be aware of before setting off on your exciting adventure. Here are the main tasks you need to complete before leaving to ensure you and your car are road trip ready.
Check the Oil
If your car is low on oil or the oil is dirty, it can cause the engine to overheat or seize up. Since oil lubricates the engine and keeps it running smoothly, it is vital you check your oil level and change it according to the manufacturer’s recommendations. If you sense a problem with your oil, take it in for repairs quickly.
Check the Brakes
As one of your vehicle’s most important safety features, you need to check that your brakes are not worn or damaged. If they are not working properly, it could be extremely dangerous to drive, especially on a long road trip. Check your brakes with a shop before you hit the road to make sure they are in good condition.
Check the Battery
A dead battery will more than likely leave you on the side of the road. Therefore, it is essential you have a battery that is in good condition and fully charged before setting off. If the battery is old or weak, it is a good idea to replace it before leaving.
Check the Tires
As the only point of contact with the road, it is essential your tires are in good condition. Check the tire pressure regularly and make sure it is at the right level for your vehicle. You should also look at the tread depth to make sure it is not too worn, or if they are damaged, so you can replace them before your big trip.
Check the Lights
Your vehicle’s headlights, taillights, and turn signals are all essential for safe driving, especially at night. Make sure they are all working correctly, and if not, that you replace them as fast as possible.
Check the Spare Tire
Regardless of how you prepare, you may come across a flat tire somewhere on your road trip. This will require you to replace it with a spare tire using a tire jack and lug wrench. Before using your spare tire, it is important you ensure it is in good condition and fully inflated.
Check the Air Conditioning
As many of us know, air conditioning is a very important part of long car rides. Therefore, you will want to make sure that your conditioning is working correctly, especially if you are driving in hot weather.
By following these tips, your vehicle will be road trip ready. If you are curious about what to bring on the trip with you, we have also put together a list of items you need before hitting the open road. From everyone here at M&G Body Shop, we wish you the best of times on your adventure. Have fun and be safe!