What to Check before a Long Car Ride

Planning a car ride from New York to the beaches of California? Or a northbound drive from Texas to Canada to escape the scorching heat of summer? Do so. It will surely be a lot of fun to be with your friends or family on your trip. But should you be in your lonesome, it has benefits too. Certainly, it is good for the soul.

Such long ride escapades must have been planned for weeks. Because getting ready is always the hardest thing to do, preparing what you will bring should have been done days before your departure. And alas! Do not forget to check on your car.

mechanicInspect the battery

Look out if the battery is well-mounted. It will surely get loose should you be passing in bumpy roads if it is not mounted solidly. Check for corrosions. You should bring your car first to a car shop and for other services before you hit the road if you notice heavy corrosion on your battery.

Check on the Brakes and Tires

Don’t let it pass when you notice that your brake is not working well. You need to bring your car the soonest possible time when you experience a longer time to stop your vehicle or when your brake light appears on your dashboard. Bear in mind that loose breaks have caused a large percentage of car accidents. Your tires should also be in the best condition, properly inflated and no evidence of wear and tear before your trip

backlightTest the Car Lights

You will inevitably be caught in the night when you have a long trip. From your car front lights to side lights, back lights, brake lights and, turn signals; all lights including lights inside your car should all be in good condition. Replace all bulbs that are not working correctly.

Look over Fluid Levels

You should always use fluids that are compatible with specifications based on your car manufacturer’s manual. Make sure that you never run out of fluid. Especially when you have a long trip ahead, it is crucial that you have enough supply before your next stop.

Clear the Air Filter

Remove clogs and clean the air filters before your trip. They are devices that filter the air that comes inside your car. You won’t like dirt to be entering your vehicle or to be inhaling all the dust during your travel.

wiiperChange Old Wiper Blades

Wiper blades are essential for clear visibility. Especially when there is a torrential downpour, or you are in a dusty road, you need your wiper blades to be working well to avoid any accident from poor visibility.

Safety should not be compromised when you are driving. Remember that other people lives are also at stake. All the aforementioned safety tips can be do-it-yourself procedures but it is always advisable to observe your car’s periodic maintenance schedule.

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