Roa tripping is one of my favorite ways to get away with my friends. I have learned through the years that I need to thoroughly check my car out before each and every road trip. I made the mistake in the past of not sufficiently checking my car over before I headed off on the road and I broke down in the middle of nowhere, I vowed that I’d do all that I can to stop it happening again.

If you are planning an upcoming car trip and you, like I always am, are the designated driver, then here are the things that you should be checking before you leave.

Tires

Tires are vitally important to check out, not only do they have an impact on how you corner, they also have a huge impact on your braking times as well as causing you to use more gas if they do not have sufficient air in them. Here is what you should be checking when it comes to the tires.

Air Pressure

The pressure that you have in your tires is vitally important and if you are in any doubt as to what level they should be then you can easily find this information in your manual. To fill your tires you can simply go to the local gas station where they have pumps for you to fill up your tires.

Tread

Tire tread actually has legal requirements and you must ensure that yours matches the law in terms of the depth of tread left on your tires. Again, you will find this information in your manual and if you are in any doubt then you can take it to a professional to see if they have sufficient depth.

Fluids

 

Fluids are very important to check in your car and you need to make sure that you have the correct levels of oil, brake fluids, power steering fluid and water for your radiator. These levels are easy to check and easy to replace and usually you will find small images under the hood for where each fluid should go. Failure to have enough fluid can do great damage to your car.

 

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Lights

A quick check of your lights before you go is very important, let’s imagine that your indicator isn’t working and you haven’t realized, you take a sharp right on the road, thinking that you’ve let everyone know and before you know it, you’re involved in a pile up. Checking lights is very easy to do, simply ask a friend or family member to watch each light as you switch them on. If you have any lights which aren’t working then you can replace them with ease and for little cost. Again, if you are in any doubt about how to replace the lights then you need to take the car to a professional mechanic who can do it for you.

One thing that I would recommend if you don’t have a warranty on your car is to take out parts insurance that will cover you should the worst occur. Take a look at this kind of insurance, on offer with companies like Omega Autocare to see if you could benefit from such insurance.