With a couple of weeks of summer still ahead of us, chances are good that you have a road trip in mind. But before you hit the road, take a look at these tips to get your car road-trip ready and learn how to protect everything from your tires to your vehicle’s paint.
1. Get an oil change
One of the most crucial things you can do to get your car road trip ready is to get an oil change. An oil change will ensure that your engine is running smoothly, and all the components are well-lubricated. Oh, and don’t forget to replace your oil filter if necessary!
2. Check your tires
Before a road trip, be sure to check tire pressure, tread wear, and alignment.
Remember: Underinflated tires can be dangerous, and overinflated tires can compromise your car’s handling. Not to mention worn-out tires, which can lead to blowouts and other mishaps.
3. Inspect your brakes
Needless to say, brakes are an essential component of your vehicle — and your safety.
That’s why before a road trip, you need to make it a point to ensure that your brake pads are not worn out and that your brake fluid is topped off.
4. Test your battery
A battery test should be a part of your pre-road trip checklist.
A dead battery can leave you stranded in the middle of nowhere, and you don’t want that to happen! Make sure your battery is charged and the terminals are clean and free of corrosion.
5. Top off your fluids
Your car is a complex machine that requires many fluids to operate correctly.
Before a road trip, take the time to check your coolant, power steering fluid, brake fluid, transmission fluid, and windshield washer fluid, and top them off if necessary.
6. Pack an Emergency Kit
No matter how well-maintained your car is, accidents can still happen. In that case, you want to have the right tools at hand, and an emergency kit is the best way to do that. Here are some items you should include:
- First-aid kit
- Spare tire
- Tool kit
7. Protect Your Car’s Paint
Long road trips put stress on every part of your car, and the paint is no exception. Here are some things you can do to protect your ride:
- Wax your car if it’s time to do so
- Avoid gravel roads
- Refrain from driving too close to other cars (flying road debris can hit you or your vehicle)
- Bring with you a spray bottle, microfiber cloth, and plastic scraper to promptly clean any stains or bird droppings
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