Checking your car before traveling on the road will help you avoid discomfort, security risks and unplanned expenses.
During the summer holidays many people take the opportunity to go out with their family on a road trip using their own vehicle, so it is important to remember that you should not just fill the gas tank and get on the road. The experts indicate that pre-trip car reviews can determine how ready your vehicle is for this road so you can take the necessary steps to fix any problems ahead of time.
The experts’ recommendations
Check filters and liquids, such as engine oil, antifreeze, windshield wiper and power steering, brakes, and transmission. Dirty air filters can cause you to waste gas and cause the engine to shut down.
- Check hoses and belts, and replace them if they become cracked, brittle, frayed, lose or worn, as they are critical to the proper functioning of the electrical system, air conditioning, power steering and air conditioning system.
- Check the brake system and make sure that the battery connection is clean, tight and free of corrosion.
- Check tires, including tire pressure and tread. Underinflated tires reduce fuel efficiency of the vehicle and uneven wear of the same indicates that you need to make a wheel alignment. Tires should also be checked to make sure there are no protrusions and worn areas.
- Check the engine to ensure it is performing the best balance between power and fuel economy and producing the lowest emissions possible.
- Check that the fuel tank cap is not damaged, lose or missing to prevent gasoline from spilling or evaporating.
Now that the summer vacation season has come, a thorough inspection of your vehicle will give you peace of mind and help make your road trip safer. Spending a few minutes caring for your car will make your adventure less stressful and more fun.