How to Prepare Your Car for a Long Road Trip

How to Prepare Your Car for a Long Road Trip

With the summer just around the corner, it’s only natural to feel pangs of longing for adventure. After all, you’ve been cooped up in your home throughout the harsh winter months, and it’s time for a change.

But that doesn’t mean you can just jump into your car on a whim to chase the summer sun. A long road trip requires proper planning and detailed car care. So before you start packing your bags for your spontaneous getaway, make sure that your car’s in proper shape. After all, you don’t want to get stuck in the middle of a dusty hot road with a broken down car!

Wondering how to whip your machine into shape your upcoming road trip? Here’s how!

Inspect Your Car’s Tires

Your car’s tires can make or break the entire road trip. From ensuring your safety to providing you with an enjoyable driving experience as you pass by rolling green fields, the state of your tires is not to be taken lightly!

If you’re heading out on a road trip, make sure to inspect the following things about your car’s tires:

– The Condition of the Tires

Checking the condition of your car’s tires is probably the last thing on your mind. But you should know that your car’s tires are crucial to ensuring that you and your family make it to your destination safely.

So take the time to check the treads on your tires, as there’s a safe limit for tire tread wear. If you find that your car’s tires are worn beyond the safe limit, make sure to get them replaced. This is because setting out for your road trip with worn out tires can lead to the car skidding or a puncture, putting you and your loved ones at risk.

– Tire Pressure

Before you throw your bags into the car’s trunk, don’t forget to check the air pressure in your car’s tires. Not sure what the approved air pressure limit is? Don’t worry! The recommended pressure for each vehicle’s tires is usually given on the tire pressure sticker.

So take the time to read what the appropriate levels are on the label and then check the current air pressure levels in your car’s tires. If you find that they’re low on pressure, make sure to inspect them closely for any punctures or iron nails.

Check Your Car’s Fluids

Your car’s fluids are its lifeline. From the oil to the brake and radiator fluid, each one serves a unique purpose.

So before you pack up your bags to drive away into the sunset, make sure to check the following fluids in your car:

– Your Car’s Transmission Fluid

What’s the point of going on a road trip when the transmission of your car is beyond jerky? Your car’s transmission fluids enable the gear to move seamlessly. However, when the transmission fluid gets contaminated, shifting the gears can become a nightmare. After all, you don’t want to worry yourself about stubborn gears while you’re trying to enjoy the caress of the gentle breeze across your face!

So even though your car might have come with transmission fluid that was supposed to last a lifetime, don’t forget to check its condition. Usually it’s a good idea to get it replaced after you’ve driven your car 60,000 miles.

– Your Car’s Oil

As someone embarking on a long road trip, you want to make sure that your car’s engine is in good health. And one way you can do that is by checking the condition of your car’s oil. The reason this step becomes important is because the oil in your car helps lubricates all its critical moving components. From the pistons to the camshaft and the crankshaft, oil eliminates any resistance.

So make sure you get an oil change every 3,000 to 5,000 miles. And, if you haven’t, now might be the perfect time to get a complete oil change. After all, you don’t want to run into any engine troubles in a place with no auto repair shop in sight!

– Your Car’s Radiator Fluid

The radiator keeps your engine cool.  Your car’s engine produces a lot of warmth whenever you take it out for a spin. The radiator fluid acts as a coolant, extricating heat from the engine by evenly distributing it throughout the radiator.

The reason the levels of radiator fluid become important is because it prevents your engine from overheating. So take the time to check what level the radiator fluid is currently at. If it’s too low, make sure to top it off so that your car’s engine doesn’t overheat on the trip.

– Your Car’s Windshield Fluids

If you’re driving across the country in your beloved Toyota RAV4, your car will have to brave the cold, heat, and the dirt. This means, come rain or dust storm, your car’s windshield will have to bear the brunt of the weather. So to ensure your safety on this long trip, make sure that the windshield washer fluid’s at the right levels.

If upon inspection, you find the windshield washer fluid to be running low, visit your nearest gas station to buy a bottle. And then simply using a funnel fill up the fluid to the normal levels.

Survey Your Car’s Other Components

If you’ve checked both your car’s fluids and tires, the next step is to check up on the condition of other components. From the brake pads to the seat belts and the windshield, the different components of your car are what keep it up and running!

So take out some time, weeks before your road trip to check out the health of the following car components;

– Your Car’s Battery

Nothing kills the vibe of your road trip faster than a battery that chokes, sputters and dies on the road! So make sure to check the terminals for any signs of corrosion that can make it difficult for the power to surge through uninterrupted. If, however, you start noticing corrosion in the terminals, use baking soda, a toothbrush and water to neutralize it.

Later, wipe down everything to put the terminals back on. But don’t forget to seal it with a battery terminal spray.

– Your Car’s Windshield

How can you embark on an exhilarating, adventure-filled trip if your car’s windshield is not in good shape? After all, your windshield is what makes driving possible while ensuring your complete safety at all times! So inspect your windshields closely to determine if there are any cracks or chips in the glass. This is because, if you leave for the road trip with a chipped windshield, chances are it might shatter into pieces upon coming in contact with debris or rocks.

But don’t let a chipped windshield hold you back! If you’re in British Colombia, get in touch with Crystal Glass. We offer all kinds of car windshield repair and replacement services to car owners in Canada. Whether it’s a small chip or a big crack, our 65 years of expertise in the auto glass industry, ensures your car’s glass is only in good hands.

For more information on affordable windshield repair, contact us today!

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