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So, whether you want to take a short trip of only a few couple hundred miles or if you want to drive all across country, you will need to make sure your vehicle is in near perfect condition so that you and your family can arrive and return safely. The first thing you need to do to prepare your vehicle for a safe road trip is to learn how to perform routine inspections.
Step 1: Check engine fluids and filters. Check the:
- Brake fluid
- Radiator fluid
- Engine oil
- Transmission fluid
- Power steering fluid
- Clutch fluid (for manual vehicles only)
- Wiper fluid
It is important that you make sure all the fluids in your car are clean, and full.
Step 2: Check the belts and hoses. You want to inspect them for wear and leaks.
If you notice anything that seems worn out or is deteriorating, get the opinion of a mechanic if you have any belts or hoses to be replaced before you head out on your adventure.
Step 3: Check the battery and terminals.
It’s a good idea to have the battery checked. If you are go on a particularly long road trip you may want to have the battery replaced. You also need to check the battery terminals for corrosion. If the terminals need to be cleaned. You can clean them with a simple solution of baking powder and water. If the terminals are damaged or if there are exposed wires, have them replaced immediately.
Step 4: Check the tires and the tire pressure.
Make sure you check the condition of your tires ensure that your tires don’t have any tears or bulges. Another important thing to check is the tire tread. For a road trip it would be best for you to have at least 1/12” of tread. But how do you check your tire thread? it’s easy all you need is a quarter:
- Stick the quarter in the tire thread make sure that George Washington’s head is upside down between the tread.
- Now, if you can see the top of his head you need to change your tires.
You also need to check the tire pressure. If you need help checking your tires you can check out this video. Another important tire tip is to make sure you have the proper tires for the season you will traveling in.
Step 5: Check the brake pads and all the lights and signals.
If you’re not sure about the condition of your brake pads, you may need to contact a mechanic to have them inspected. Let them know more about your trip and how far you plan to be driving. Don’t forget to make sure all your lights and signals are good.
Step 6: Check the air filters and the windshield wipers.
The engine air filter can have an effect on fuel efficiency.So you want to ensure that the filter is not torn or filthy. If it is you might want to change it. Another thing you need to check are the windshield wipers. This is especially important if you are traveling when rain is expected.
Now,that you have ensured that the car is running properly. The next step is just as important but is one that is often overlooked..
Step 8: Check car seats
Check out this video so that you can check your car seats before you go on a trip. If you aren’t sure about your car seats you can always go to your local fire station and they will be more than willing to help you check your car seats.
After all of these steps are completed you can pack and get ready for your adventure. I would also recommend that you be prepared for the trip just in case anything does go wrong on your journey. For this, always allow room in your budget for certain repairs. You might also want to take some extra fuses and light bulbs along with some tools.
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