How to Prepare For Your Road Trip
Most people who are planning a road trip are sure that their car is ready for a long drive. If you believe that your car is ready, it might not be. If your road trip is going to have you traveling over two hours one way, you should consider taking 10 minutes before you leave to give your car a quick check. There is nothing more frustrating or inconvenient than having your car break down in the middle of your road trip. Things can be even worse if the car needs to be towed.
Before you take off, there are a few things that you should check. Also, there are a few essential items that you should have with you just in case you do run into trouble.
Before you begin your road trip, run through the basics listed below to be sure your car is in proper working order. If you find any issues, contact your mechanic before starting your trip. It is better to be safe than sorry when you are heading out onto the open road.
• Check to be sure that you have enough gas, oil, and radiator coolant.
• Be sure that all of your tyres have enough air and that they have enough tread.
• Wash your windscreen and check that the wipers are functioning properly. Also, make sure that there is enough windscreen washer fluid in the vehicle.
• Examine your gas gauge and make sure your temperature gauge is working properly.
• Make sure that your spare wheel is in good condition and that it is secured properly.
• When your car is parked for a few hours, look underneath it to see if there are any fluid leaks. If there are, contact South West Automotive.
• With help from another person, make sure that your lights and indicators are all working properly.
• If you are going to be towing a trailer or caravan, check your owner’s manual to determine your vehicle’s towing capacity. You should also check the couplings, chains, shackles, sway bars, and lights. Also, make sure that the doors are locked and that the awnings are secure.
• If your vehicle is overdue for service and a comprehensive safety check, make an appointment and have it done before you leave.
• Locate your spare key and keep it with you in any place other than the key ring. This will save you a lot of hassle if you lose your keys during your trip.
When you are out on the open road, you might not be able to get to a mechanic as soon as you need to. If you have a few of the right tools, you may be able to do the work yourself on the side of the road. You might also be able to find a passerby who can help if you have the right tools.
• Unfortunately, not all mechanics out in the country will have access to replacement auto parts. You should consider bringing along basic spare parts such as an accessory drive belt, hoses, and clamps.
• You should also have general equipment such as a battery charger, a full gas can, a shovel, rope, and drop sheets.
You should also have a basic toolkit containing the following:
• Large and small adjustable wrenches
• Large and small flat head screwdrivers
• A set of three Phillips head screwdrivers
• Tyre jack and pump
• A tyre repair kit including a valve key
• A wheel brace and tyre levers
• A small socket set
• A tow rope
• A roll of electrical tape
• Fuses and bulbs