How to Prepare Your Car for a Road-TripInsured by Carver
Road-trips should be spent having fun, not spent on the shoulder of the road waiting for a tow truck to take your broken car.You're driving east on Route 66 with your pals planning to drive through the great plains and end right in the heart of Chicago (right in front of the Art Institute of Chicago to be precise). You're playing some great tunes, and enjoying the banter between the lot of you. As you're driving the barren deserts of New Mexico, you notice smoke coming out of your hood. Not good. You pull over, turn the car off, and now what? You have no other option than to call a truck, wait until they arrive, and tow you to the next town. This could have been avoided if you would have properly prepared your car for this. So to save you the troubles of having something similar happen to you, here is how you can prepare your car for a road-trip. Things to Check
- Check all of your fluids. These fluids include engine oil, brake fluids, coolant, power steering fluid, and transmission fluid. If any are low or empty, it's important to take your vehicle to the mechanic and get them replaced.
- Check your battery. Nothing is worse than trying to start your car in the middle of nowhere and having it fail. If your battery has the corrosive fluid building up, it may be time to replace your battery.
- Check your tires. The tread and air pressure should meet the manufacturer's requirements. That is unless you want to test your tire-changing ability. In either case, having a spare tire and a jack are a must.