Summer is finally here, whist some of us might be planning on leaving the country for warmer climates, there are a few of us that want to use this opportunity to explore our own country and historical sites in the form of a road trip. Road trips are a fun way to travel with your friends or family but it does also require some prep work. As a driver, you are responsible for the people that you’ll be transporting so you need to make sure that the vehicle you’ll be driving is up to the journey. We have come up with a list of checks that’ll be helpful for road trippers this summer.
If you are driving a car that you are not familiar with the first thing you should do is to read the owner’s manual. The owner’s manual is filled with useful information that’ll come in handy if you run into any problems while on the road from now to locate components in the engine to what brand of fuel or what type of fluid to refill with.
You should always check the integrity of your tyres before you set off on any long trips. You should check the tyre pressure, consider investing in a portable gauge to check the pressure whenever you like. You should also check the tread depth, the best way to do this is by inserting a 20p coin into the space between treads on all four tyres, it’ll also give you the chance to check the tyres for uneven wear. If the tyre size are different it might be time for a rotation or new tyres. You should also remember to check your spare tyres.
If you do not want to be stranded in the middle of nowhere with n means of calling for contact you should make sure that you check your battery. Look for loose wires, frayed or broken cables or dirt and corrosion. You should try cleaning the terminal and tightening any loose cables. If you see any liquid spilling out of the battery it might be time for a new one.
Check that the car is not bouncing more than it normally does, check that all ends are accelerating and braking at the same time when you brake and accelerate. Push down on the hood and the back bumper, it the car is too bouncy then it might be time for new shocks.
Engine belt – Your engine belt should be frequented more often than other part of the engine because rubber diminishes faster than other components of your car. Look for holes or cracks in the belt and hoses. If you find any cuts of cracks replace then as soon as possible before it cases you to breakdown and pay for an expensive repair.
Remember proper road safety when driving long distances, if you are feeling sleepy then you should find a safe spot to par and rest or you can get someone else to drive. You should also avoid the phone when driving, it distracts you and can affect your reaction time in emergency cases.