If you are planning a family vacation that involves a long road trip, it is important to make sure your car is in good, working order before hitting the road.
Fortunately, with a little preparation, you and your vehicle can keep safe on your next road trip.
- Start with a checkup on your vehicle: This includes checking the ignition, wiring, hoses, fan belts and your battery.
- Top Fluids and Replace Filters: According to the NHTSA, you should check the levels of your car’s fluids, including engine oil, power steering and transmission fluids and windshield washer fluid. If any of them are low, top them off before hitting the road. If your car is close to needing its next oil change, you should have it done before your trip. Also check to see if the engine air filter, which collects dust and debris, needs replaced.
- Check Your Brakes and Tires: If your brakes are squeaking or making any noise, have them inspected and changed before hitting the road. Make sure your tires have enough air and the tread is in good shape.
- Keep an emergency kit in your vehicle: You should keep a few necessary items in your vehicle in the event of an emergency. This should include a spare tire, jumper cables, tool kit, first aid kit, flares, a compass, non-perishable foods and a working flashlight with extra batteries.
To further help avoid an accident or injury, always monitor the weather before heading out. Check local cable channels, radio, newspapers and websites to better prepare for the commute ahead.
Most importantly make sure you give yourself plenty of time to get to your destination and avoid all distractions while on the road.
We hope that you find these tips helpful, and you enjoy your trip while staying safe on the road.
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Source: Allstate.com, “How to Get Your Car Ready for a Road Trip”