Prepping Your Car for a Road Trip

It doesn’t matter if it’s for the sake of your vacation, a concert on the other side of the country, or simply visiting your family, road trips, if carried out properly, can be lots of fun. Apart from planning the activities, games, rest-stops, and where to put everyone’s luggage, you also need to consider how you can prep your car.

Fluids

No, not water and sodas. This is your car we are talking about.

Specifically, you need to make sure you have enough engine oil and that you are not due for an oil change. Some people opt for synthetic oils, as they can withstand more in cases where there’s a lot of temperature fluctuation. Don’t forget this, as the engine oils keeps your engine running smoothly by lubricating and cooling it a bit. It also prevents it from corroding. Other liquids you need to take care of are the transmission and brake fluids.

Battery and Gas

There are few surprises out there that are as unpleasant as the dead battery. Make sure you have enough juice, especially if you are driving at night. Clean the corrosion, if any, off the battery and test it with the battery tester. You would also do well to make sure all of your lights are in working order. It should go without saying that you need to have enough gas for the trip.

Tires

Always check your tire pressure before going on a big trip. Additionally, you may need to get new tires of the old ones are worn out. Bold tires are dangerous not only because they can blow out, but also because they ruin the handling and the friction, especially in bad weather or on rough or icy terrain.

Rubber

The hoses that connect your radiator to your engine make sure everything is nice and cool. The problem is that they themselves are under a lot of pressure from heat and can damage easily, becoming brittle and cracking. Make sure every hose under the hood is in working order.

The same goes for engine belts, though you may find it vexing to check every single one of them. Still, it’s a necessity that can’t be overlooked.

Cleaning

Finally, to fully prepare your car for a long trip, you need to clean it inside and out. Cleaning the insides of the car will make sure everything is not only in working condition, but also easily accessible. Cleaning the outside prevents mud, dust, and dry leaves from doing any serious damage to the engine, radiator, battery, or anything else.

It is also much nicer to travel in a clean car. As a final though, make sure you have all the equipment you need for emergencies, including repairs.