Road Trip Ready: How to Check Your Car
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Checking your car before you go on a road trip is a really good idea because when you are out in the middle of nowhere, you don’t want anything to go wrong. Most problems with cars are completely avoidable as long as you take the right precautions.
Check Your Tires and Suspension
As your tires will be making a lot more effort than usual outside your regular city driving, you need to check that they are in good condition before you go. If you are planning off-roading, you should also consider changing the tires to some that are more appropriate to the terrain you expect. Changing your tires might sound like a faff, but this is significantly easier than getting stranded and having to call for help.
You should also check your suspension and consider using Ridepro 4×4 Suspension if you don’t already have it. This will make your journey a lot more comfortable and enjoyable as you go over different bumpy terrains.
Do You Have Enough Fuel?
Ensuring that you have enough fuel is a basic for any long trip but is even more important for a road trip because you could be going much further between fuel stops. Always make sure that you are setting off with a full tank and consider carrying jerry cans of fuel just in case. If you are also using the car battery to charge other things or for cooking, you may wish to consider using dual batteries.
In most cases not having enough fuel is just an inconvenience but if you are going off roading, it could become very dangerous very quickly – especially if you are stranded for a long period of time. To be safe, you should always work out how much fuel you will need, bearing in mind the weight you are carrying, and then take extra to be certain.
Now that you have done the most important checks, you should do a few additional checks to be sure that your vehicle is ready. Make sure that your windscreen wipers are working thoroughly and you have enough screenwash; check that the air conditioning is working and that you can roll the windows down; you might also like to check your car in with a mechanic to be sure.
You should also make sure that you have all the emergency equipment you may need. This is particularly important on a road trip and may include other items as well as your usual stuff such as extra water, food and blankets. Always make sure that you have enough for your passengers as well when you are on a road trip.
Taking an hour or two to pack carefully and make sure that everything is in full working order isn’t much in the grand scheme of things but could make a real difference. The better prepared you are, the more relaxed you can be on your trip and the more fun you will have.