When taking a road trip, you’ll rely on your transportation more than anything else. Since you’ll be putting your car through so much, you want to be prepared for any situation that may arise during your journey. In order to help you feel at ease, we’ve created a brief guide on how to prepare your car for a road trip.
1. Top Off Fluids
Check your oil before you leave, especially if you’re planning to travel over a thousand miles. Topping off your windshield wiper fluid is also vital. Depending on the terrain, your windshield may fall prey to a variety of elements, and you’ll want that clear view.
2. Check Your Lights
Before setting out, make sure that all your lights are in working order. This includes brake lights, headlights, and any lights inside your car. It also wouldn’t hurt to have a couple extra bulbs on hand in case of an emergency.
3. Check Your AC and Heating
A lack of temperature control will make for an extremely uncomfortable trip. Be sure that your AC and heating are both in working order, and check your engine filter as well—if it’s dirty, it can affect the efficiency of your AC.
4. Check Tire Pressure
One of the most important things to pay attention to are your tires. You need tires that are in good shape and that can handle the conditions in which you’ll be driving. Check your tire pressure and take a look at the tread. If you insert an upside-down penny in the tread and can see Lincoln’s forehead, you’ll need to replace your tires.
5. Pack an Emergency Kit
Along with the precautionary items you’ve already packed for your trip, keep an additional kit of emergency items in your car. This kit should contain items you may need if you find yourself stranded somewhere, including:
- A pair of gloves
- A couple packs of Icy Hot
- A first aid kit
- A poncho
- A flashlight
- Bottled water
- Jumper cables
- A blanket
It may have a good idea to have a mechanic look over your car before you leave in order to ensure that your car is in proper working order. You’ll have the best luck if you’ve already been taking care of your car both on and off the road. Follow the steps we’ve provided in order to ensure that you’re prepared for the journey ahead of you, but most importantly—enjoy your journey! The world is waiting.