Going On A Road Trip? Read This!
Published On Jan 04, 2021, Updated On Oct 18, 2022
Wondering what to do before heading out on the road with your buddies? We have put together the perfect road trip checklist to make your life easier.
With so many interesting spots to discover in different corners of the country, who would not want to go on a road trip? Of course, we all wish for that much-anticipated road trip to happen soon! A road trip brings so much excitement and energy that no one can say no to a road trip. The never-ending fun and cherishable memories that road trips offer are truly amazing. However, despite this, a road trip can go wrong in case your vehicle is not in the right condition. We are sure that you would not want this to happen to you. Right? So, to help you out, we have compiled a list of things that you must check in your vehicle before heading out.
Tips To Ensure A Hassle-free Road Trip
Your vehicle is after all your ultimate companion on your road trip. And this is why you cannot afford anything wrong to happen to your vehicle. So, just adhere to the following tips and stay assured of having a memorable road trip with your friends, family, or loved ones.
1. Get Your Car Serviced On Time
A car breakdown is a common mishap that happens on road trips. So, what should you do if you get stranded miles away from a town or in the middle of an unknown road? To avoid being landed in such a situation, it is a good idea to get your car serviced on time. A timely service ensures that the efficiency of your vehicle is maintained.
2. Check The Fuel Meter
Another important thing is to check the fuel meter of your vehicle and ensure that it has sufficient fuel to sustain your road trip. During the trip also, make sure to keep an eye on the fuel meter so that you never run out of fuel during the journey.
3. Get The Tyres Checked
While checking the tyres, two things need to be checked - the tyres’ pressure and tread. Coming to the question of air pressure in the tyre, make sure that the tyres are not over or under-inflated as this can lead to several issues like premature wear, bumpy ride, overheating, and the worst can be a blowout. For treads, if these are not deep enough, your tyres get worn easily, and there are fewer chances of gaining traction on the road.
4. Check The Brakes, Headlights, and Horns
No matter where you are going, it is very important that you get the brakes, headlights, and horns of the car checked in advance. If any of these parts are not working properly, make it a point to get them repaired so that you do face any difficulties during the road trip. Also, in case the headlights are not emitting enough light, then get it changed instead of going for its repair.
5. Exhaust System
A faulty exhaust system can add trouble to the journey through decreased power, poor fuel condition, and improper venting out of toxic gases that are produced by the engines. Any hissing and popping sounds mean you should check the exhaust system. If your car is above five years old and you are planning for a road trip, then you should consider servicing its exhaust system from professionals.
6. Air Filters
Another thing to consider while you are going on a road trip is to check the air filters of your vehicle as this is the part that prevents dust and dirt from entering your vehicle. A clean air filter in your vehicle will ensure that your journey is efficient and smooth.
7. Front And Rear Windshield Washers
See whether the front and rear windshield washer jets are spraying the water evenly. If the jet sprays get clogged, then adjust them properly, and in some cars, this angle can also be managed accordingly.
8. Take A Test Drive
Last but not least, take a test drive a day before you head out for the road trip. Doing so will make you feel satisfied that your car is in the right condition for a road trip.
So, irrespective of where you are heading out to, make sure to check list the above-mentioned tips before embarking on a road trip. In addition, you should also renew your car insurance from time to time to stay protected against any mishaps that may occur on the road.
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Disclaimer: This article is issued in the general public interest and meant for general information purposes only. Readers are advised not to rely on the contents of the article as conclusive in nature and should research further or consult an expert in this regard.
Source: Car Care Council, Firestone Complete Auto Care, Auto Care Plus, Scout My Trip, Mobiloil.com, Samarins.com, Popularmechanics.com