Planning a family road trip is one of the most exciting things you can do together. You can drive anywhere and see all kinds of new things that you wouldn’t see if you traveled by plane or train. Along with all the packing and planning of the route, you should also make sure that your car is up to the long journey. No matter what the age of the car, just checking a few things can prevent problems along the way.
Check Your Owner’s Manual
Your car’s owner’s manual is a good thing to have with you because it has lots of useful information. If it isn’t in your cars glove box, then make sure you put it in there before you travel. Sometimes, if you’ve bought used cars for sale you might not always have the owner’s manual. You can download it from the manufacturer’s website. You can detect and fix many problems from your manual including finding out what a certain warning light might be. You can also find out about how to change your tyre, how to tow a vehicle or trailer and how to check your engine fluids.
Check Your Tyres
It can be easy to forget about the tread levels on your tyres, although it is an important thing to check. Start by checking the tread depth on all the tyres including the spare. If the levels are at the legal limit or below, you should get them changed before you travel. A long road trip might leave them below the limits which could cause trouble in wet or icy conditions. You can also check the tyres for any damage on the side or tread. If there are any cuts or things embedded in one of the tyres, then that one should be replaced.
Check Your Engine
Take a look under the hood and see if the engine is in good condition. Even if you don’t know much about cars, you can still see if there are any leaks or damaged pipes. Check the levels of the oil, transmission, brake fluid and coolant to make sure they are all at the right levels. Check the battery to see if the terminals are clean. If they are dirty or corroded, then you need to get the battery checked. Ideally, you should also check the drive belt for wear and tear along with the running belts. If you aren’t sure what to look for, then it’s better to get the car checked by a trained mechanic. Having your car serviced before the trip is a good idea in any case.
Take Spares with You
Before you leave, you should make sure that you have spare bulbs, fuses and jumper cables with you. It’s also a good idea to take spare bottles of coolant, oil and brake fluid just in case they’re needed. You should also take a spare tyre with you or one of the space saving types.
Once the car is ready, you can start your road trip with the knowledge that your car will be able to take you all the way.