Get Your Vehicle Ready for Upcoming Road Trips

April 24th, 2018 by

 

Road trips can be exciting adventures when you never face problems with your vehicle. But it is hard to predict road and climatic conditions and unexpected situations can arise. Having said that, it is possible to avoid some problems by paying attention to your car before the road trip. Here are some common tips that will help you prepare your car for the next road adventure.

General Maintenance

To keep your car in good condition, you need to pay attention to several components. Some of the important components are:

  • Lights: Before you hit the road, you need to ensure that the lights in your car are functional. You will need the help of another person to ensure the lights are working fine. If the headlights are dim or the headlight covers have become hazy, it’s time to get them replaced. This is important for the safety of the vehicle and people on the road.
  • Air Filters: The road is a dirty place and there is always risk of debris and dirt entering your car’s engine. Air filters protect the engine and its components from dirt and foreign particles. Eventually, the pores of air filters get clogged and prevent the free flow of air to the engine that affects the performance of the car. Before going on a road trip, get the air filter changed to support optimal performance of the engine.
  • Brake Pads: They play an important role in slowing down your car and bringing it to a halt. Brake pads become thinner with use and lose the ability to work effectively. You need to get the brake pads inspected and get them replaced if you see signs of excessive wear.
  • Belts and Hoses:  If the belts or hoses fail, it can lead to an overheated engine or failure of the electrical charging system and loss of power steering. Automobile experts advise vehicle owners to change belts and hoses every four years. Before you go for a road trip, check the condition of all belts and hoses. If you see any cracks, coolant leaks, glazing of hoses, then it’s a sign that they need to be replaced.

Fluids

You need to pay attention to your engine oil, brake fluid, power steering fluid and radiator fluid. Check the level of engine oil and also its condition. If you see the viscosity of the oil has changed due to dirt particles, ask the mechanic to change the engine oil. Similarly, check the fluids levels in the radiator, power steering and brake fluid reservoir. You need to maintain the recommended levels for all fluids in your car before leaving on the road journey.

Tires

Your vehicle rests on four tires and their good condition is important for safety and comfort. The first thing you need to do is check the air pressure in all tires. You need to check the condition of the tires and look for any bulges or bald spots. Also, check the depth of the treads and if they are not deep enough, consider replacing tires before you go on the road trip.

The tips given above make your vehicle roadworthy and ensure your car is able to meet the tough conditions on the road and never let you down.

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