09 May Going on an Extended Road Trip? Make Sure Your Car is Up to the Challenge!
Going on a long road trip is a lot of fun. It’s a great opportunity to see things and gain experiences that simply aren’t possible in your hometown. However, when your car breaks down in the middle of that road trip, things quickly go from fun to stressful.
Taking the time to make sure your car is ready for the demands of a long road trip is the best way to make sure that your road trip is relaxing.
Don’t Wait Until the Last Minute
The biggest mistake many people make when prepping their car for a long road trip is waiting until the last minute. About a month before you plan on leaving, take your car to your mechanic for a tune-up. This is a great opportunity to make sure everything is in good working order. If the belts look worn, or the battery is underperforming, your mechanic will correct the issue.
Remember, dealing with these things now instead of when you’re far from home will help you keep your peace of mind and also save you from emergency car repairs which are even more expensive.
Make sure you tell your mechanic about any strange noises or movements your car has been making.
Get the Oil Changed
A few days before the road trip, have the oil changed and all the other fluids checked. Getting this done confirms that your car hasn’t developed a leak and also spares you from having to constantly check the fluid levels while you’re traveling.
Rotate Your Tires
After getting your oil changed, drive to your favorite tire supplier and have them rotate your tires. Not only does this help keep your car traveling smoothly, but also means your tires will get a good check. If they are going bald or seem to be unbalanced, the mechanic will let you know that it’s time for new tires.
Make sure you have your brakes checked at the same time you get the tires rotated.
Don’t forget to have your spare tire looked at as well. If you do happen to blow out a tire, you don’t want to find yourself without a spare or doughnut when you’re far from home.
Make Sure Your Documentation Is In Order
A day or two before you leave, check your car’s glove box and make sure your documentation is in order. You should have your car’s registration and insurance information. If you are unable to find these things, arrange to get copies before you leave.
Right before you leave check to make sure things like jumper cables, tire pressure gauge, the number of your roadside assistance service, tire jack, and flares are easily accessible.