HeSaidSheSaidPH.com | Get your Car Ready for a Trip | Those of you planning a road trip must have already made a lot of decisions. You’ve picked your destination, arranged with family or friends to go with you and you might have already chosen where to stop along the way. There is even a good chance that you’ve already made a list of things you’re going to take with you and you believe you’re almost done preparing for the trip. However, you may have forgotten to get your car ready. If that’s the case, take a look at the following tips that should help you make the most of your long trip.
Depending on the season, you’re going to need either summer or winter tires, which should be not only in great condition, but also properly inflated. Make sure the tire tread is still ok and if you take a look at the tire wear bars that run across the fact of the tire and see that they are flush with the tread, don’t forget to replace the tires. Pick the best quality tires you can afford, since they will last longer and provide much more safety. Finally, make sure your replacement tire is in good condition and properly inflated as well.
Oil and washer fluid levels
Before you start a trip, you need to make sure you have a full level of motor oil. One of the worst things that can happen to you on the road is to find yourself stranded because your car has run out of oil. The damage it can cause to the engine is serious and you might end up paying a lot of money fixing the problem, not to mention the fact your trip will be completely ruined. Also, make sure you have enough washer fluid. You should get a bottle of concentrate, rather than premixed stuff. Pour some concentrate in your washer tank and top it up with plain water, following the instructions written on the bottle.
Another thing you should definitely check before you start your journey is the exhaust system. It can have a great impact on fuel consumption, your car’s performance and CO2 emission. If your exhaust system sounds a bit different than before or if you notice that your car is consuming more fuel, make sure you take your car to a mechanic and check the exhaust system. In case you need to replace it, choose one of the reliable performance exhausts, which are built to perform well and last longer. However, make sure a trained professional installs it for you, so that you can be sure you won’t have any problems with it while away from home.
Don’t even think about starting your journey if your light bulbs are not working properly. Also, you need to have some spare ones, just in case. Needless to say, you should know how to replace all the bulbs in your car. If you don’t already know how to do it, consult the manual or take a look at a YT tutorial. If you need some tools to help you replace a bulb, don’t forget to pack them, too.
Another thing you need to check before a long trip is the battery. Inspect its terminals that prevent power from flowing out of it and charge from flowing into it for corrosion. If there are signs of corrosion, use baking soda, a little water and a toothbrush to clean them. Next, wipe everything clean and put the terminals back on and seal with battery terminal spray. If this sounds too complicated, take your car to a mechanic, who can check your battery and recommend the best action.
These are just some things you should do to make your car ready for a long trip. Most of these actions you can perform on your own. However, if you really want to be sure your car is in great condition, take it to your mechanic a few days before the trip, so that you have enough time to have any potential problems fixed, without having to delay your trip.