When going on a long road trip, the last thing you need is for your vehicle to break down and leave you stranded in the middle of nowhere. To remove even the slightest possibility of this inconvenience you can fully prepare and test your vehicle for the journey ahead. Here are some steps you can take to ensure your car is in top shape and ready to go!
The Engine Oil
Your first step would be to check the oil level as well as the date that you may need to change it. If the date is close, then you might as well have it changed before you start your trip because this will definitely put some stress on your vehicle. Remember, adding additional oil over the top won’t do the trick because the sludge from the old oil has to be cleared.
From the oil coolant, to the brake fluids and windscreen wash levels, make sure you check all the fluid levels in your vehicles and that they’re filled up to standard. You don’t want any unnecessary breakdowns (or even worse, accidents) along the way because you ignored this step.
Your tires suffer the most work when on the road so if you fail to check that the air pressure hits the right mark, you’re setting yourself up for the possibility of more unnecessary breakdowns. The number indicated on your tire shows the maximum amount of pressure it can hold. Exceed this and you risk a tire blowout. Too little, and you’ll end up wasting fuel and overheating your tires. If you want to get the right amount of pressure get yourself a gauge and an air hose to make sure each tire is safe.
Once you check the pressure, you should also remember to check if your tires are capable of withstanding the journey. Use a tread gauge to make sure the tread is 1/16th” or 1.6mm. If less than 2/32”, you know it’s time to change out your tires or you risk a blowout on your journey.
If your car has to run at peak performance you need to ensure that it has a fresh supply of air running to the engine. If the cabin filter too is worn out then there’ll be stale air inside the car so make sure to check this as well because you don’t want to travel in a stuffy car for a long period of time.
Lights and Signals
Make sure each and every light is functioning before you head off on your trip or you could get in some serious trouble and have to pay unnecessary fines. From the headlights to the indicators, reverse lights and tail lights, make sure everything is working perfectly and if there is any issue, take your car for servicing at Stud Road Panels.
These are the most important things you have to check when preparing your car for a long journey. Do this, and you reduce the risk of any accident or breakdown significantly!