During these summer days, it is only natural to feel an urge to go on some kind of a road trip. Perhaps you have already organized where you will be visiting and all the travel arrangements are in place. However, there is something much more important to check than motel stops and points of interest – that something being your car.
That’s because other than having money and yourself/travel buddies being present, a car is the most vital component to any road trip. Simply put, if you don’t have a functional vehicle, you don’t have a viable method from getting to every place you want in a timely – and affordable – fashion.
So with that in mind, and also taking into account a recent survey that concluded 4/10 drivers in America are unprepared to tackle an emergency breakdown situation, below are various things to consider for optimizing your car before setting off on a road trip.
Replace the battery if needed
If you are travelling due to the summer, you should note that the overbearing heat can take its toll on a battery (and engine for that matter). As a result, you should avoid overcharging the battery when in use. Plus before you set off, check to see if you should replace the battery entirely if necessary.
Check the fluids, HVAC and tires
In terms of fluids, this means the likes of break and transmission fluid, power steering, engine oil and so on. It doesn’t take a genius as to why you’d want these fluids to be all correct! Also take the time to check the HVAC (heating, ventilating and air conditioning) system as this is imperative to interior comfort levels, while tires with the right pressure and lack of damage is also needed.
Don’t overlook the small things
Window wipers, internal lights, spare tire – all of these are not as important as other aspects already mentioned, but for comfort and safety levels you should look over the small things. Speaking of lights, and for obvious reasons, also ensure the external ones are functioning correctly.
Have an emergency kit on-hand
If the worst comes to the worst and your car suffers a breakdown, ensure that you have an emergency kit on-hand. This is especially vital if your transport decides to have an early rest in the middle of nowhere and passerby’s are not kind enough to stop and help. Along with a standard emergency kit, think of including an ‘emergencies only’ backup mobile phone.
Take it to a specialist
Above all else, and to ensure that your car is in fine condition to last a long-haul journey, you should enlist the services of a mechanic. After all, they will have a greater understanding/knowledge of the aforementioned points (plus much more). Don’t just go to a standard mechanic, either. If you have a Honda for example, then take the vehicle to a specialist Honda mechanic. That way you’ll know for sure that it is being treated with due care and attention.