Get Your Vehicle Ready For Your Next Road Trip
We understand that spending the last few months practicing social distancing and staying home has made most itch for their next big adventure. While travel is still uncertain, a road trip is still a great option for those who are looking to get away for a few days. There's nothing like jumping in the car, grabbing snacks for the road, and heading off to a faraway destination. However, when ever you take your vehicle on a road trip, it's important to do some prepping and get your vehicle ready for the long drive. The last thing you want is to be stuck on the side of the road somewhere along the way with a broken down vehicle. Let's look at some of the ways in which you can get your vehicle ready for your next road trip.
Pack an Emergency Kit
Driving far distances can bring a lot of uncertainty, which is why packing an emergency kit can really make a difference in unexpected situations. Important items to carry with you include jumper cables, a spare tire and tire changing tools, phone charging and emergency help phone numbers, water, non-perishable food, blanket or extra warm clothing, first aid kit, flashlight, and flares or small cones. Be prepared for anything!
Have your Vehicle Inspected
It's really important to have your vehicle inspected at your trusted local auto repair shop before heading out on any long drive. An experienced auto mechanic can take a good look at your vehicle and let you know if it will stay reliable on your road trip. They can also let you know if they find any underlying issues that need to be addressed or taken care of to ensure your family's safety.
Check your Tires
Your tires are extremely important to the overall safety of your car, which is why taking a look and making sure that they are properly inflated and have the proper tread can make a huge difference while driving. You want your handling and steering to be as accurate as possible, so be sure to check those tires before you go.
Change your Windshield Wipers
If it's been a while since your last windshield wiper change, we suggest getting those replaced as well. You never know what weather conditions you might encounter along the way and you need your windshield wipers for more than just rain.
Only Pack What you Need
One of the great things about road trips is the fact that you can pretty much bring whatever you want without having to think about things like airport security checks. However, overloading your car can actually decrease your vehicle's fuel efficiency and makes your car work harder. We recommend cleaning your vehicle out first and then only packing the absolute necessities for the ride.
Inspect all Fluids
Your vehicle runs on many different important fluids, and low fluid or a leak can cause major issues on the road. We recommend checking the level of all of your major fluids and seeking assistance from your local auto repair shop if you notice that a certain fluid is very low or looks to have a leak.
Check the Brake Pads
Brakes should always work their best, and a quick check of your vehicle's brake pads can make a huge difference. You can actually see your vehicle's brake pads by using a flashlight and shining the light between the holes of your vehicle's wheels. We know that not everyone can identify when brake pads look worn out, so consulting your local auto repair shop is a good idea.
Have your Map or GPS System Set Up
If you're traveling to a new place, chances are you'll need assistance to find your way. Be sure to set up your navigation system or GPS beforehand and have a backup direction plan just in case you lose internet connection along the way.
These are just some of the ways in which you can get your vehicle ready for your next road trip. We wish you safe travels and hope that you have the best time on your next journey!