Since it’s finally and officially the summer (confetti is thrown in the air), you’ll probably have many road trips, or at least one major one. You’ve been planning for weeks where you’ll go and what you’ll take with you. You’ve purchased new summer outfits, bathing suits, and maybe even a surfing board. You have pretty much everything down. Except, did you stop to think or your car? Your vehicle, even if it’s brand new, needs to be looked at before you go on your amazing road trip. After all, you don’t want the engine to suddenly blow out in the middle of the highway and while you’re a hundred miles from home. So, in order to have a safe drive, take a look at these important tips:
Inspect the Tire Pressure The first thing you should always do is inspect the tire pressure. A few days before your road trip, take a look if you see a flat tire or a tire that seems to be heading in that direction. If you have a flat tire, then get it replaced, or else your entire trip is out the door. Though, if you have low tire pressure, then you have plenty of time to get it repaired. You can either go to one of the many gas stations out there that fill the air pressure for free, or you can go to Walmart, which also does this as a complimentary service. Then, check the tire pressure again right before you leave for your trip (as in the morning of). Many new cars have an awesome feature that tells drivers whether the car has low tire pressure, but even so, it doesn’t hurt to check yourself. It’ll help you have a safe drive.
Check the Headlights, Backlights, and Signals Imagine if your car’s headlights blew out and you were driving in the middle of nowhere at night. You’d be in a threatening situation. Even if a cop doesn’t pull you over, you might have to pull over if you get in a car accident due to the lack of light. So be wise before you take off on your summer vacation. Check the headlights, backlights, and even the signal lights. Have someone help you see if any light needs replacement. Do this examination a few days before your trip so you’re not rushing at the last minute, but if you still have enough time (and it is recommended), take a look at the lights again the day of your trip.
Test the Car Battery Car batteries can die out too. Therefore, be sure to find out whether the car battery is about to go out. This step might be trickier to test than the other steps mentioned here, but if you follow this simple video, you should be good to go. Be sure to do this a few days before your trip as well.
Wash the Windshields, Windows, and Mirrors Light glares and a terrible driving visibility are the cause of windshield dirt. Don’t be that driver with bird droppings all over his glass. Get your car washed before your trip (preferably the day before), and pay special attention to the windshields, windows, and mirrors in order to have a safe drive.
Store a First-Aid Kit in Your Car If you don’t have one yet, create a First-Aid Kit and store it somewhere in your car. Within this kit, place important emergency items like Band-Aids, Advil, Neosporin, Pepto-Bismol, and Benadryl. These items will help you in the case of an allergic reaction or a cut or scrape, or even just minor stomach aches.
Join a Service like AAA Things can go wrong no matter how careful you are. You could examine your car all you want before your road trip and still have a flat tire on the road or a blown engine. Thus, it’s good to have a service like AAA. This will help you get your car repaired or tolled even if you’re outside of your city.
For a safe drive on your road trip this summer, it’s good to take precautions and follow these simple, but life saving tips. You’ll enjoy the road and be more at ease.