Once you have made the plans for your road trip it is vital to make sure your vehicle is safe and ready for a long journey. There are a few basic things you need to look at before you start out if you want your trip not to end in disaster.
Check the pressure and tread on your tires before setting off. Apart from keeping you safer, good tires will help with your fuel economy. If the tire tread is not deep enough, replace them before you leave. Not only could you save yourself from being fined, good tires can be vital in an accident situation. Don’t forget to include your spare tire in the checks, you do not want to find out it is flat when you need it most.
Wiper Blades, Lights and Indicators
If you find yourself driving in the dark in an area you are not familiar with, good lights at crucial. Many drivers going on road trips fit LED lights from the 4WD Supacentre, because they provide even more illumination from headlights, and a better light for indicators. Do a walk round check and make sure they are all working, and then look at your wiper blades to make sure the rubber has not perished.
Some areas of the US suffer flash rainstorms and visibility can get very poor. If your wiper blades are not up to standard, you may have to stop driving until the weather improves.
Check Your Paperwork
Check all your paperwork, such as insurance, license, registration documents and service record in case something expires in the middle of your road trip. If you have a service almost due, have it done before your road trip. If you have recently had a service, all of your fluids will have been topped up, but if you are unsure ask the garage to check them for you again.
Keep all your paperwork in a safe but handy place within the car, so that if you are stopped for a roadside check you have everything to hand.
Give It A Coat Of Wax
Most people realize their car is going to get very dirty as it picks up dust and gravel from their trip, and many think they will give it a clean when they get back. You are better doing this before you leave, as a clean and a coat of wax, which you can get from 5StarShine, can help to protect the bodywork. When your trip is over the grime will come off much easier.
You should also clean the inside of your car and make sure you only pack the things you will need. It is far too easy to pile in loads of stuff ‘just in case’, but an overloaded car can make for an uncomfortable journey.
We have all become very reliant on technology and using apps on our phones for navigation. What happens though if you find yourself in an area with no reception, you could end up getting totally lost? Take paper maps with you as a back up as this could save you hours of frustration trying to find your way to the right place.
All that needs to be said now is that if your car is in good shape and ready to go, enjoy your road trip.