How to make your car ready for the next road trip
Are you planning a road trip soon? Whether it's a weekend getaway or a long vacation, it's important to make sure your car is ready for the journey ahead. Here are some tips on how to make your car ready for the next road trip:
Check your insurance
Verify that you have a printed copy of your auto insurance policy and that all of your payments are current. Nobody wants to get involved in an accident while travelling far from home without the necessary insurance. Alternatively get the best insurance cover with CF2U.
Boost your fuel economy
According to research, the drag from roof racks may cause you to lose fuel efficiency. Therefore, make sure to take down your roof rack or boxes while they are not in use, unless you have strapped on your surfboard or kayak or put the kids' toys in storage.
Keep an emergency kit in your car.
Pack your car-compatible mobile phone and charger, a torch (with new batteries and spares), a first aid kit, a basic tool kit, windshield washer fluid, jumper cables, emergency flares or reflectors, drinking water, and treats for both people and animals. Putting together an emergency pack could seem difficult. What's a bigger headache than that? not having any of the items on this list and being stranded on the side of the road.
Assure the headlights. Tail Lights and indicator lights are working
Verify the operation of the brake, turn, turn signals, tail, and fog lights. You can probably change the lights on your own if any of them burn out. A few dollars will buy you a bulb. Alternately, you might ask your mechanic to do it for you.
The only thing it might require is a nice car wash if you check the lights and they are still on but the glow is foggy, dim, clouded, or yellow. Clean headlights and taillights significantly improve vision. You should keep that in mind each time you stop for petrol on the journey. Your headlights are being covered in the same bugs that splattered on your windshield. Additionally, give them a quick once-over with the window-washing squeegee.
Top up all fluids and check your oil
Okay, you can do this yourself, but sometimes it's just a little bit more expensive to have a garage or quick-change service centre change your oil and fluids.
Check your tires
A tyre that is properly inflated will last longer, react quicker, and offer better fuel efficiency for your trip. The next time you stop for gas, use a tyre gauge to check your tyres to make sure they aren't flat or overinflated.
You'd better make sure you've got everything you need to change a tyre on the go too, with all those bouncy New Zealand backroads. Bring a jack, a crank, a tyre wrench, and make sure your vital spare is in working order.