Planning a road trip can be a fabulous way to get away from home and enjoy a scenic road tour with family, friends, or solo. A road trip allows you to get away from the chaos that adult life brings and reduce stress while feeling refreshed when you return home. There are some things that you’ll need to do to prepare your vehicle for a road trip though. Today I’ll review some of the safety checks you should do before taking your vehicle on a road trip so that you can enjoy a long road trip without worrying about your vehicle breaking down.
Preparing Your Vehicle For a Road Trip – Safety Check
Check Your Tires
Be sure your tread is up to par on all of your vehicle’s tires. This means there shouldn’t be any metal showing, the air pressure should be at the appropriate level and the overall condition of your tires are safe for a long road trip.
Get a Tune Up
Make sure that your plug and wires all are in good shape and that your oil is up to level. You may opt to have a full tune up and oil change before a long road trip to make certain your vehicle’s motor can handle this road trip without any engine mishaps.
Protect From Bugs
Get a protective cover for the front of your vehicle so that bugs don’t get stuck all over the front bumper and headlights. Having bugs take over the front of your vehicle can make it harder to see at night and besides, they’re difficult to clean off of your vehicle anyways.
Get a Spare Key
Make certain you have a spare key for your vehicle hidden somewhere so that you’re ready to get into your vehicle if you happen to lock your keys in your car. Some people use a magnetic key case to hide a spare key on the underneath of their vehicle for times like this.
Prepare All Windows
Make sure your windows and mirrors are all clean and ready to give you maximum visibility during your road trip. There’s nothing worse than having a blind spot due to a blurry side view mirror or dirty windshield while you’re out there experiencing the beautiful scenes a road trip offers.
The best way to make sure your vehicle is ready for a road trip is to take it into your local car dealership for a service checkup. If you’ find that your vehicle is too old to take it out on the open road, then perhaps you may even consider buying a new vehicle that has upgraded features to handle a long road trip with ease.