How to Prepare Your Car for a Road Trip27 Jun, 2021
Ensure that you take all necessary precautions and care for you and your car when road tripping. Better safe than sorry!
The best thing you can do before a road trip is to check whether your vehicle is fully protected with Comprehensive car coverage along with roadside assistance. In Addition to the insurance give your car a thorough check-up. Here’s a quick checklist of things to pay extra close attention to:
- Engine and brakes: Check your car’s brakes, condition of your engine, car’s heating and cooling system.
- Tyres: Check whether the tyres are in perfect condition. Check the pressure of tyres and manage it according to the climate condition.
- Lights: Check all your lights and make sure bright, dim, fog, brake light and indicators are working properly.
- Wiper blades and wiper Fluids: Make sure to have wiper fluids in the fluid tank and the wiper blade in functioning condition.
- Battery: Check the health of your battery AND the charging system's health and how both perform under load.
- Engine oil: Consider getting an oil change before you start the road trip. And if you do, ask for either winter-friendly oil (motor oils are rated by their viscosity levels at different temperatures) or one suitable for the summer that works with your specific engine. You may need to refer to your owner’s manual.
- Engine Belt: Most car engines have a single, critical belt that runs the A/C, alternator to charge the battery, water pump to cool the engine and often the pump that makes the power steering work. That's a lot to go wrong if the belt breaks. Judge the belt by the mileage since it was replaced or new, cracks in the ribs on its underside or, most worrisome, small pieces missing from those ribs.
- Jumper cables: Having one set of these can save you a lot of time waiting for a tow truck.
- Check the A/C: If you’re taking off on a road trip in early spring or summer, then you probably haven’t had the chance to blast the air conditioning since last summer. Test it out to see if it’s still running properly and pumping out cold air.
- First aid kit: This is something you should always keep in your car in case of a minor accident or injuries.
- Pack the essentials: Make a list of what you need for the trip. Consider packing road maps for emergencies, hotel information and spare phone chargers for the car and to plug into a socket, music, travel games, snacks and beverages.
If you have prepared the above, you are well on your way to venturing out with care and appropriate precautions! Bon Voyage!