Getting Your Car Ready for a Road Trip
Not much needs to be done to an interior of a vehicle before a road trip, but some things should still be examined. Drivers should ensure that:
- All doors, locks, and windows are working properly.
- All garbage should be cleaned out to increase space and reduce odours.
- In addition, be sure to stock up on some necessities, such as a first aid kit, water, jumper cables, and more.
Anyone going on an upcoming road trip should check the exterior of their vehicle thoroughly. Ensure that:
- All headlights, tail lights, blinkers, brake lighters, and other exterior lights are working properly.
- All tires need to be filled appropriately and have proper tread to weather all types of terrain--tires with minimal tread or cracked rubber should be replaced.
- In addition, windshield wipers should be tested and replaced if necessary--sudden downpours are dangerous when wipers don't clean off the rain correctly.
Under the Hood Checks
Perhaps the most important part of a pre-road trip checklist, a vehicle's engine and mechanical parts should be thoroughly examined before departure. Here's a list of things you should be checking under the hood:
- Oil change should be conducted
- Belts and hoses should be inspected
- Fluids should be topped off
- Battery levels should be checked
- And any scheduled maintenance should be performed
No one wants to be at the mercy of an unknown mechanic in a far-off destination.
Road trips are great experiences that highlight the world's natural beauty. However, it is incredibly important to ensure a vehicle is ready and able to handle the strain of driving many kilometres in a short amount of time.