No matter if you are going on vacation by yourself, or with your family, it is important to have the vehicle inspected. This way you can ensure it will be able to drive when you need to. There are several things that you should check on the vehicle so it is operating at top performance and efficiency levels. If you do notice something out of the norm with the vehicle, make sure to contact us. This way we can inspect it and fix the issue before it develops into something much worse.
Areas to Check on Your Vehicle
One of the first things you should do before you leave on your trip is check your fluids, including oil, power steering, transmission fluid, antifreeze, and windshield washer fluid. Be sure and top off any fluid levels that are low and purchase extra bottles of each and store them in your trunk in case a problem arises where you might need them. Check your brakes and shocks to make sure they are in good working order. Next check your headlights, turn signals, and taillights to make sure they are working as they should. It is just as important to check your tires for any wear and tear. If the tread on your tires is low it is best to replace them before you leave to lessen the chance of a flat or blown tire.
If you Pull a Camper or Trailer
Often times when you are going on a long road trip you have a camper or trailer behind your vehicle. For those that do not have experience pulling such weight behind your car you should practice first before the actual road trip. Having such a large component behind you can be hazardous. Pulling campers or trailers makes it difficult to maneuver around traffic and make tight turns. You should make sure all the items either in the camper or on the trailer are secured properly; nothing should move or be loose because this can be the ingredients for an accident. Always consider the weight and speed of camper or trailer while traveling. A camper or trailer add weight to the overall weight of the vehicle, which means the faster you go, the more momentum you are creating, making it more difficult to come to a stop.
What Else to Bring Along
Riding in a vehicle for an extended period of time can become tiresome. Before setting off on your road trip make sure you know where you are going and bring a map or GPS device to assist when needed. Always drink plenty of water and have snacks on hand. To stay entertained try playing games, listening to music or reading. Also, make frequent stops to get out and stretch your legs and walk around. This helps to break up the trip, making the long distance more bearable. Long road trip are a fun way to spend your summer days. However, make sure all the components on your car are properly checked and tended to if needed.