8.21.2020

Tips for Preparing Your Car for a Long Trip

 

It may seem to you that this pandemic will never end and that your next long trip won’t happen any time soon. While it’s difficult to say whether you’d be right to think so, it’s always better to have a positive and optimistic outlook. So, let’s start planning all those long trips that have been put on hold due to the current situation.

One of the crucial aspects of each long trip is the vehicle you’re going to use. It has to be in great condition, so that you and your travelling companions can enjoy a safe ride and make the most of the whole experience. But what is it that you should check and do before a long trip? Well, here is a list of the most important tips…

Fluid levels


Before making any long trips, you need to check that engine oil, brake fluid and antifreeze are all topped up and that they don’t need replacement during the trip. You don’t need to be a mechanic to check fluid levels and there are some great tutorials on how to do it, so all you have to do is find the right ones and follow the instructions.

Tires


It goes without saying that your tyres have to be in perfect condition, especially if you’re expecting to drive in adverse conditions. To begin with, you need to check that the tread depth is above the legal requirement and that all tyres (including the spare) are inflated to the correct pressure. Consult the owner’s manual if you’re not sure how inflated the tyres should be. Also, you should check that you have the equipment to replace a tyre if you have a puncture. Finally, make sure you have the right set of tyres for the conditions you’ll be driving in. Don’t even think about going on a trip to the mountains in cold weather using summer tyres, for example.

Exhaust system


The exhaust system provides the most economic and safe drive you can have, which means you need to inspect yours before starting any long journey. If you hear a strange sound coming from it or if your mechanic says you need to replace it, don’t wait until you’ve returned from your trip. Also, always choose a reliable manufacturer, such as the famous XFORCE, because such company invest heavily in R&D, which allows them to offer great products.

Brakes


They are a lifesaver and there is no excuse for driving with poor brakes. If they feel soft when applied, the pads might be too thin, which means you have to replace them. If they make a strange, grinding sounds, they are probably worn out and need changing as soon as possible. Basically, every problem you might have with the brakes has to be addressed without delay.

Lights


Before starting your trip, you need to check that all your lights work. In some countries you have to drive with headlights on day and night, so make sure you are familiar with the local ways and carry spare bulbs, just in case.

Emergency pack


There is always a risk of something going wrong when you need to drive long distances. That’s why you need to have a first-aid kit in the car, along with jump leads, high-vis vest and duct tape. Also, various countries have different rules regarding the necessary equipment. Some require you to have a fire extinguisher, while others may ask you to have a breathalyser.

While these tips should also apply to your everyday driving, they become even more important once you go on a long trip. While you can rely on your mechanic to help you with a problem in your hometown, you don’t have that luxury when you’re far away from home. Luckily, as you can see, most of these activities don’t require any specific knowledge. However, we always advise a visit to a trusted mechanic before a long trip. That is the best way to make sure that your car is ready and that you’ll be able to enjoy the ride.



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