Do you have a long car ride ahead of you? You might be thinking about how to prepare for your trip. If so, this blog post is for you. After all, it's important that your vehicle is in tip-top shape before heading out on the open road. Read on to find out what steps you should take before taking off.
The post will provide information about auto upkeep and what signs may indicate that your car needs maintenance. We'll also share some great tips on how to avoid any mishaps while on the road by preparing beforehand. So go ahead and get ready for an awesome journey with this guide.
Check the tire pressure and make sure they're all within the recommended range
Your tires are going to arguably be doing the most work on your long journey. So it's absolutely vital that they're in tip-top shape before getting behind the wheel. If you notice that your tire pressure is low, fill them up to the recommended pressure for those tires.
It might be a simple fix, but if you drive off without addressing the issue, your car could risk damage, or worse, you could end up with a flat tire and stranded in the middle of nowhere. Do not overpressure your tires. This can cause blowouts on the road.
The owner's manual should be your bible when it comes to checking on tire pressure. If you do not have an owner's manual, many car manufacturers put the recommended pressures on a sticker in your engine compartment or under the driver's seat.
Check for any cracks in your windshield, as well as chips or other damage to the glass
Your windshield keeps the weather and debris of all kinds off of you. So if there are cracks or chips, replacing your windshield before your journey may be a smart thing to do. Cracks can turn into chips and cause damage to the windshield that cannot always be repaired. You also don't want a loose rock hitting that crack and having the windshield break on you.
Because of the serious potential for injury, if you notice anything wrong with your windshield, get it fixed as soon as possible. If you're driving through a stormy area, try to schedule an appointment ahead of time. You don't want to get caught in a storm with a cracked windshield and risk wind-borne debris hitting you at 70 mph.
If you have a manual transmission, make sure it's in good working order with fluid levels topped off
Manual transmissions work differently from automatic ones. So, if you're heading out on a long journey in a manual car, it's important that you make sure your car is up to the challenge of such a trip. Only drive a manual transmission if you know how to use it properly and can handle driving it for hours at a time.
If your owner's manual is missing, try calling your local dealership. Their mechanics should know the recommended fluid levels for your car and how often they need to be changed. Don't forget to also check the mileage requirements. It's best not to get behind the wheel without knowing what's best for your transmission.
Make sure that your car has enough gas by checking how much is left in the tank vs what should be there
You can't get to where you're going without gas in your car. It's important to make sure you have enough for the duration of your trip. Gas mileage varies depending on factors like weather and terrain. So if you're driving a long distance, be aware of how much gas is being used at a particular rate. You might want to fill up before getting on the highway just so you can drive worry-free. If you're traveling on a well-traveled highway, rest stops should be pretty common along the way.
If you think that your car's gas tank is just slightly low and have time to spare before continuing your journey, stop and fill up at a nearby station. You can also check your owner's manual for the recommended mileage and gas requirements for your car.
Make sure that you have all the necessary tools in your car if something were to happen
You never know when you're going to need a tool kit, so it's best to be prepared. If you've ever had a flat tire on the side of the road then you know how long you have to wait for help.
When you're stranded in the middle of nowhere it can be even worse. You want to make sure that your car has everything it needs to keep you safe on the road. A roadside emergency kit should include a flashlight with batteries, jumper cables, flares or another warning device, a first-aid kit, a pocket knife, an extra cell phone battery, and tire-changing items like a jack and lug wrench. Plus some water to be on the safe side.
Make sure that you know what each tool is used for so you're prepared in case of an emergency. When it comes to roadside assistance kits, you can find one for purchase at car supply stores.
Check your fluids
Coolant, brake fluid, power steering fluid, and engine oil are all important to keep an eye on. Check them to make sure they aren't too low. If they are, you'll need to refill them before continuing your journey. These liquids keep your car running smoothly on the road and help maintain your engine so it runs well for a long period of time.
You can find out what certain fluids are called and how often they should be checked from your owner's manual. If you don't have one, try asking a neighbor or friend who has some experience with cars for advice.
Inspect your brakes and suspension for any signs of wear or damage (check this every time you get gas)
Your brakes and suspension are important to stopping your car in time if you need to avoid an accident. You wouldn't want your car skidding when you're about to hit another vehicle while driving, so make sure these components are in good working order before heading out on a long drive.
Now your car is ready for a long ride: Check that the oil, coolant and brake fluid levels are all at the right height. Make sure your tires have plenty of tread left on them and you’ve got enough fuel to get where you want to go. If anything looks out-of-the-ordinary or doesn't seem right, it's better to take care of it now before something happens on the road.
Posted 1 year ago by Allen Brown