Road trips are like a marathon for your car. Taking good care of your car is necessary year-round, but it is crucial before a long journey. A breakdown of your daily commute is one thing, but when on a road trip, it could mean getting stranded in the middle of nowhere! Here’s everything you need to do to get your car ready for your trip on the road.
Check The Tires
Functional car tires are essential to your safety, comfort, and fuel efficiency. Ensure your tire pressure is checked to see if it matches the suggested pressure in the owner’s manual. We recommend checking your tires before you leave and roughly every 1000 miles on your travels. Keep in mind that if you encounter a significant temperature change, it could affect the pressure in your tires, so have a check then too. Look out for any bulges or cracks, as this could mean it’s time to change your tires.
If it’s been a while since your car has had a tune-up, then you should probably take it to a mechanic for a thorough inspection. Your mechanic will check all the essential fluids and filters (oil, radiator fluid, brake fluid, power steering fluid, antifreeze, and windshield washer fluid), brake pads, light bulbs, and belts and hoses to see if they need to be replaced. The best time to take your car to a mechanic is two weeks before your trip so that they can fix any major issues in time.
There’s no better time to tidy up your car and get rid of all the clutter than before a road trip. Think about it: you’re going to be stuck in the vehicle for a long time. Trust us; you’ll thank yourself later. Take your car to the car wash and make sure to clean the interior too. Nobody wants to sit in a grimy, smelly car for hours on end. Make sure to clean out your trunk and make space for your luggage and any souvenirs you pick out during the trip.
Renew Your Documents
Review the expiration date on your license plate, car insurance, and your driver’s license before hitting the road, and make sure to keep these documents at hand. You might also consider a CAA membership or some travel insurance to ensure you’re covered while on the road.
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