Prepare Your Car for a Road Trip

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It is crucial to make sure that your car is in good condition for a long ride, so that it doesn't break down in the middle of the highway or in some desolate mountainous place with no help in sight. There are a couple of things that need to be thoroughly checked so you can have a smooth and careless ride to your destination.

Although there is no determined order as to what part of the car you should check first, I would start with the fluids.

Even if you go on a road trip during the summer, you must check if there is enough coolant, and if not, you need to fill your radiator up. It will keep your engine cool, so it doesn't overheat.

Engine oil and transmission fluid levels must also be taken into consideration. Putting enough gas in your tank is a pretty obvious thing to do, but some people need to be reminded of that, too. You don't want to get stranded just because you forgot to fill it up or you thought you might do it somewhere on the road, and there is usually no gas station anywhere near you just when you need it the most.

Next thing you should do, and this is very important, is check your tires. They need to be inflated to the appropriate amount of pressure. If they are too worn out, buy new ones and replace them, the cost will be worth it. The spare tire is often forgotten, so make sure to see if it's ready to go if you need to change a flat tire on the road.

Afterwards, you have to clean the battery and recharge it if you haven't been driving your car for a long time. Also, you need to clean the air filter, as well as inspect the belts and hoses and see if there is any wear and tear on them. If a belt brakes or if there is a leaking hose, it might lead to an engine overheating and troubles with the steering.

So these are some of the things you must do in preparation for a road trip. Most of them you can do by yourself, all you need is some basic knowledge of vehicles. As far as the more complicated issues are concerned, such as making a brakes inspection, you should go to a car repair shop and leave it to professional mechanics. Even if your car is not a car for long road trips, a nice preparation can do wonders.

Now that you made sure everything is all right with your car, all that is left to do is gather your family or friends, stock up on snacks and think of fun games to play in cars, and enjoy the ride.


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I'm Jordan Perch, a blogger who helps you keep up with the latest news in the world of cars and automotive industry. I write all sorts of how-to articles on many different subjects related to the DMV, car reviews, automotive trends, and useful tips for drivers.

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This article was published on 2012/10/31