After months of working or studying, going on a much-deserved road trip can be on everyone’s bucket list.
Check out these car preparation tips for your next escapade.
Check your battery.
One of the worst events that could occur is your battery dying when you’re just halfway through the trip.
Check if there are signs of corrosion at the battery terminals or if there are cracks or leaks on its case. Using a digital voltmeter, you can also test its battery health and performance.
Fully charged batteries should have around 12.6 volts or above. Alternatively, if the engine is already running, it should have around 13.7 to 14.7 volts.
Note that it’s better to be extra cautious when going on a long trip. You see, it’s more convenient and affordable to check your battery beforehand than to call a towing service or roadside assistance to replace it.
Keep your tires in good condition.
Check the recommended air pressure for your tires to avoid underinflating or overinflating them.
Pack a spare tire in your trunk and learn how to change it, so you’re ready if you encounter a flat tire. Furthermore, you should also ensure that the wheel alignment is correct to prevent uneven wear on your tires and poor gas mileage.
Test your car’s electrical components.
The electrical components of your car are vital because they pretty much control your car’s overall functionality. Before you set out for a trip, check if the starter, battery, and alternator are working properly.
We also recommend checking the head and tail lights, high-beam headlights, hazard lights, turn signal, and interior lamps. This is to ensure you’ll have clear visibility and illumination when you’re traveling.
Have an emergency kit in your car.
Keeping a well-stocked emergency supply is a must, especially if you’re going on a long road trip.
Since unexpected and unfortunate events can happen while you’re on the road, make sure to pack necessary items in your kit. Here are some things you can have in your emergency kit.
- First-aid supplies
- Non-perishable snacks
- Drinking water
- Flashlight (with extra batteries)
- Warning lights
- Jumper cables
- Rope or bungee cords
- Heavy-duty gloves
- Windshield washer fluid
- Basic tool kit
Visit an auto mechanic for a tune-up.
How long has it been since your last car tune-up? If it’s been a while, we advise that you visit an auto mechanic before going on a getaway.
Through this, you will know what car parts need repairs or replacements. If your vehicle has sustained damage and you need brake repairs or windshield replacements, it’s best to handle all this before the trip.
Remember that if your vehicle suddenly breaks down in the middle of nowhere, roadside assistance and car repairs can be more troublesome and expensive.