Before you leave for any kind of road trip, it is a good idea to check your car and tires. Following these steps will help you avoid mechanical issues, saving you time and money and helping to ensure your safety.
Inspect Your Tires
- Driving on worn or bald tires or tires with any type of defects drastically increase the likelihood of blowing a tire and causing damage to other parts of your car. Learn how to quickly inspect your tires.
- If you find problems with any of your tires and need to order replacements, buying premium used tires will save you time and money.
- Don’t forget about your spare tire (if your vehicle has one). Check to make sure it’s in good condition.
Check Engine Oil Level
If it’s almost time for your car’s oil to be changed, do it before your road trip. Long drives can put additional stress on your car.
Learn how to change oil or make an appointment at with your local mechanic.
Test Car Battery
Make sure your battery is working within the right parameters. Use a multimeter to test it or stop by an autobody shop.
Determine if your brake pads are in good working condition by following these easy steps.
Check Coolant, Windshield Wiper Fluid and Brake Fluid Levels
This is a great way to prevent breakdowns. Refer to your car’s manual for specific instructions.
Make Sure All Lights Work
Check your car’s headlights, turn signals, reverse lights, taillights and internal lights. Replace any that are burned out.
Pack Emergency Equipment
Make sure to travel with a cell phone and car charger as well as items like a flashlight, tools and a first aid kit.
Be Prepared for Different Road Conditions
Car and tire care — as well as safety tips — vary depending on the type of weather and road conditions that you’re driving in.