If you live in a different part of the country than the family that you grew up with, it's likely that November and December could bring a long car trip or two, in addition to holiday cheer. While you will likely make sure that you have everything you need packed for the road ahead inside your car, it's what's going on with the car itself that can sometimes get overlooked. Make sure you don't end up on the side of the road in the middle of your long journey home due to not taking proper care of your vehicle. Here are some tips to keep in mind ahead of your holiday road trip.
Get A Professional Inspection
If you have time, the most effective way to make sure your car is prepared for a long road trip is to schedule an appointment with a professional. There may be something going on under the hood that only a trained eye will recognize, such as an engine belt starting to fail. Auto repair shop pros will be able to let you know in advance if there is any particular area that is cause for concern, like the quality of your brakes or if your tires are too worn down.
Check All Fluids
If you don't have time for a full inspection, the least you can do is make sure that all important fluids in your car are ready to go, and that's more than just the gasoline. If it's been a while since you've changed your oil, this might be a good time to do it. Don't forget to check your antifreeze levels and top off your windshield wiper fluid while you're at it. (Take a good look at your windshield wipers the windshield itself while you're at it) There are tools available at just about any auto glass repair center that can help you do these things yourself if you don't have time for an appointment.
Head to the Air Pump
When you are filling up your car with gas ahead of the trip, you might want to also swing it around to the air pump that many gas stations have available. Check your car's manual to find the optimal amount of tire pressure and make sure all four wheels are as they should be. Also don't forget to top off the spare tire in the back. It will be no use to you if it doesn't have any air in it in the event of an emergency.
Before heading out to the open road on a long road trip this holiday season, make sure that your vehicle is ready for the heavy duty task ahead. Get your car professionally checked out if possible, or at the very least make sure you check all vehicle fluids and make sure your tire pressure is set properly.Share
30 November 2014