Road tripping is a great way to see all that a location has to offer. The journey to a place is just as important as the destination in these cases. Or maybe the road trip itself is the destination. Regardless, before you head out to hit the open road, you should be sure your car is in tip top shape. A few precautionary measures will eliminate any unfortunate circumstances that could find you stranded on the side of the road, in the middle of nowhere, and definitely not enjoying yourself.
You can schedule to have a preventative check up on your vehicle before you plan to leave town. A skilled and knowledgeable mechanic can check fluid levels, tire pressure and other important elements to ensure a car is running optimally. This kind of check up shouldn’t break the bank, assuming the mechanic doesn’t find any major problems. Spending a little money now could save you from spending much more money while on the road.
You will also want to check your tire tread and pressure to be sure there is enough rubber to perform optimally and safely on the road. Your car will either have a sticker inside the driver’s side door, or will clearly notate the optimum tire pressure for your vehicle in the owner’s manual. The folks at Cars.com suggest picking up an expensive tire gauge to keep inside your car. Be sure that all four tires have the adequate amount of tire pressure called for and that the tread passes the penny test.
Listen closely to your car as you’re driving around town in the days leading up to your departure. Pay close attention to times when you depress your brakes. If you hear any squealing, squeaking or grinding, get thee to a mechanic for a thorough inspection. You will also want to be sure your car battery is sufficiently charge for prolonged use in a variety of weather conditions and that your windshield wiper fluid is full. Also be sure that you pack a few, in-case-of-emergency-items in your car. Consider packing a flashlight, first-aid kit, tools, snack, and check to be sure your tire changing tools are on board and in good condition. Taking a few precautionary measures before you leave town can mean the difference between a road trip to remember and a vacation from hell. Choose wisely.