Get Your Vehicle Ready for Upcoming Road Trips
A pre-trip checkup of your vehicle is one of the essential things that should not be skipped at any cost, especially if you are planning to travel on uncharted roads. No matter how ready you are for the road trip, neglecting your vehicle’s health can ruin the road trip adventure. Here are some guidelines to get your car ready for the road trip.
Get Your Car Cleaned
A clean car refreshes your mind and it also brings some advantages like increased visibility and protection of your car from dirt. Many people put their vehicles exterior paint and finish at risk by avoiding car washes before a road trip. The wax coating that is applied after the car wash protects your car paint from dirt and UV rays of the sun as well.
Inspect Fluid Levels
Some common advice given by auto experts is paying attention to fluid levels of your vehicle. Engine oil lubricates the engine’s moving parts like camshaft, crankshaft and pistons. Before you go on a road trip, check the engine oil level and its condition. If the color of the oil is dark brown to black, it is an indication your vehicle needs an oil change. Also, check other fluids like brakel, power steering and radiator fluid and maintain their recommended levels.
Filters play a crucial role in protecting your car’s engine and other components from dirt and debris. However, the tiny pores of the air filter and engine oil filter get clogged by debris and dirt and block the free movement of air and oil to engine components. The result is poor performance of the engine. If you see that the air filter and engine filter are clogged with dirt, it’s time to get them replaced.
Check Battery Condition
Since there is no recommendation on how often one should check the condition of the battery, it is one of the most neglected components in your vehicle. Many times the reason behind a non-starting vehicle is a flat or damaged battery. A car battery generally lasts for five to seven years, but if your car has been idle in the garage for a long time, it loses charge and the capacity of the battery drops to a critical level. Before you hit the road, get the battery checked from a professional and ensure it is in good condition for the road trip.
The condition of your tires play an important role when it comes to road grip. If your car tires have worn out and the treads are not deep enough, you need to get them replaced before the road trip. You need to also pay attention to the air pressure in tires, including the spare tire. Less than recommended air pressure and more than recommended air pressure can lead to dangerous situations.
Check Brake Pads
Brake pads are important elements of the car’s braking system. The brake pads wear out fast due to friction and automobile experts suggest that vehicle owners check their condition and get them replaced if they see excessive wear and tear.
The best way to ensure a good road trip is by following the guidelines above and prepare your car for the tough road conditions that may lie ahead on your next road trip.