If you are planning on taking a road trip soon, it is important that you get your car prepared. If you fail to do this, you might find yourself hundreds of miles from home and broken down. Here are some tips for getting your car ready for the road trip.
Get an Oil Change and Tune-Up
One of the first things you should do when you are planning on going on a road trip is to get routine maintenance performed on your vehicle. This includes getting an oil change and tune-up. Even if you are not quite due for a tune-up, it is good to have it done now. The exception is if you just had one only a few days or weeks before the road trip, then your car should already be in good condition. During this tune-up, inform the mechanic that you are planning on a road trip and they will do a thorough inspection to make sure your car is in good enough condition to make the trip.
Check the Condition of Your Tyres
You also want to be sure your tyres are in good condition. Look at the tread depth of the tyres, making sure there is sufficient tread to make the trip with proper traction and without having to replace them. You should also look closely between the tread and on the sidewalls for signs of cracks or holes. This could not only create air leaks, but put you at risk of a flat or blown tire. If you want to check for cracks, squirt some soapy water on the tyres and look for bubbles that are forming. Bubbles will form where there is a hole or crack in the tyre. Also check the tire pressure to be sure they are filled up enough. Make sure you have a quality spare tyre in your vehicle and equipment to change the tyre on the road if needed.
Have Auto Repairs Completed First
There might be minor issues with your vehicle that you have been ignoring because they aren't major problems. However, there is a difference between dealing with certain problems when driving a few miles to work, and going on a long road trip. Get these things addressed now, whether you are concerned about an oil leak or you think that you are in need of new brake pads soon. If you notice any problems with the fluids, odd smells or sounds, or the check engine light has come on, see a mechanic for repairs.