How to prepare your vehicle for road trips

For many, road trips are often associated with days of relaxation and fun on the road.

While it’s easy to get ahead of yourself as you look forward to enjoyable times ahead, it is crucial that you set aside valuable time to prepare.

Undoubtedly, getting your vehicle prepped for the trip should rank high in your list of priorities.

Get your vehicle preparation off to a good start by keeping the following basics in mind.

Get any major repairs done

  • Two weeks or at least a month prior to your trip, make it a point to run thorough maintenance checks. 
  • Whenever necessary, get major repairs done right away when the need calls for it.  Also, ensure that you set aside ample time to attend to problems you uncover as you go about your routine check.

Inspect your vehicle’s coolant

  • If your destination is a lot warmer than what your car is accustomed to, make it a priority to check the car’s coolant. 
  • It will work to your advantage to have a mechanic check your coolant and have it changed immediately if the need arises. 

Check the tires thoroughly

  • When doing routine maintenance checks, make inspecting your tires a must. Also, ensure it is suitably inflated at all times.
  • Keep in mind that low pressure can increase the heat build up, which can lead to dangerous repercussions if left unattended. 
  • When checking for the right pressure, it is advisable to always refer to the owner’s manual.The-Road-To

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Ensure you bring along spare tires

  • Undoubtedly, nothing is more inconvenient than being stuck in the middle of nowhere because of a blown out tire. Spare yourself from the inconvenience by bringing a spare tire with you.
  • Also, make sure your spare tire is in good working condition. In addition, ascertain if you have all the tools you need for tire replacement like clutch, jack and wrench. 
  • For cars with wheel locks, ensure you bring the lock-nut adapter with you.

Make sure you have your vehicle’s registration and manual handy

  • If your car’s manual is nowhere to be found, make sure you order a replacement and have it ready prior to leaving for the trip. Another alternative you can look into is downloading the manual straight from the manufacturer’s online site.   
  • As far as your vehicle’s registration is concerned, check if it needs to be renewed and make sure you have the renewal covered prior to leaving.
  • As an added precaution, keep your registration in your wallet so you will still have it in case your car gets stolen.

Get rid of the clutter inside your car

  • Did you know that the more stuff your car hauls, the more fuel it requires to burn?  Without doubt, saving on fuel is enough reason to clean your car.
  • You can make tidying effortless by adhering to the golden rule – if you are not sure whether you need the thing or not, you might as well get rid of it.

Replace clogged oil filters

  • While unknown to many, a clogged oil filter consumes more fuel. When the need calls for it, have your oil filter changed right away as it will save you money in the long run.
  • While you are at it, it will also work to your advantage if you check if an oil change is necessary.

Check if you have sufficient gas for the long trip

  • It is advisable, not to mention practical to have your gas tank full so you can go about your trip with ease.

Prior to hitting the road, ensure your vehicle is in tiptop shape. Only then can you look forward to a safe, fun and memorable trip.

Author: Staff Reporter

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